September 9, 1998
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming mens golf team, led by sophomores David Hearn and Kevin Kayden, captured the 1998 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Golf Tournament being played at Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie, Wyo. Wyoming shot a three-round total of 826 -- 14 under par -- to defeat Boise State by eight strokes. Wyomings Hearn finished second with a 54-hole total of 204 -- one stroke back of Luke Sestero of Boise State, who shot a 203. UWs Kayden (Fremont, Ohio) finished fifth at 207.
Hearn (Brantford, Ontario) and Sestero of Boise State played nearly identical tournaments. Both shot a first round 66, followed by a second round 69. Sestero shot a final round 68, but Hearn couldnt match it with a 69. Sestero finished seven under par, and Hearn was six under par. Par for Jacoby Golf Course is 70.
Wyoming freshman Mike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) finished in a tie for ninth at 209. UW sophomore Jacob Hunter (Page, Ariz.) tied for 13th at 211, and freshman Kurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) finished 44th at 216.
"All the guys did a good job this week," said Wyoming mens golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "We played really well early in the final round, faded a little bit midway through the round, but came back strong down the stretch to win the team title.
"Sometimes its hard to win your own tournament because you put added pressure on yourself," added Prenzlow. "But the guys maintained their focus, and brought a strong mental attitude into this tournament. If we can continue to do that, we can have some success.
"David (Hearn) played three very strong rounds. Kevin Kayden was a great surprise this week, and Mike Urbatchka did a great job in his first collegiate tournament. Jacob Hunter had a strong tournament, as well. Kurt Kowaluk had a nice first round, and overall had a good tournament in his first time competing at the college level."
Three other Wyoming individuals also competed in the Cowboys lone home event of the season. Reid Lende (Livingston, Mont.) tied for 56th at 219. Jeremy McKamey (Worland, Wyo.) placed 79th at 226, and Trustun Connor (Sheridan, Wyo.) finished 85th at 229.
The tournament featured 18 squads and included 36 holes on Sept. 8 and 18 holes on Sept. 9.
Next up for the Cowboys is the Air Force Falcon Invitational on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 11-13.