Sept. 10, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men'sgolf team won the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate by ten strokes Sunday,with senior David Hearn placing second individually.
The Cowboys shot a 54-hole total of 848 at Jacoby Golf Course inLaramie. Wyoming was trailed by Idaho, which shot 858. Wyoming has nowwon three consecutive Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate titles.
The Pokes were led by Hearn, who lost a playoff for the championshipagainst Jarod Topmiller of Western Kentucky. Hearn and Topmiller eachfinished with a three-round total of 207, but Topmiller birdied thefifth playoff hole to earn the individual title. Hearn fired rounds of70-65-72 on the par 70 course.
Wyoming received a very solid performance from sophomore MikeUrbatchka. Urbatchka, a native of Sheridan, Wyo., finished in a tie forthird with a total of 209, including a final round 69.
Rounding out the scoring for Wyoming were Kurt Kowaluk (216), JacobHunter (220) and Mike Mezei (223). Kowaluk's total earned him a tie fortenth place. Mezei was impressive in his first action as a Cowboy.
"The guys did a good job of hanging in there," said Wyoming head coachRoger Prenzlow. "We didn't have a good round going but really made upfor it at the end. We struggled with our putting, but you could reallytell that we had some experience out there. I really commend our guys,they hung in there until something good happened and they shot wellenough to win.
"David just wasn't David today," said Prenzlow. "He never really gotgoing but still tied for the championship. It's too bad he didn't gethis name on the trophy again, but he's got a great year ahead of him.
"It's great to have a home tournament to get things started," saidPrenzlow. "It gives us an opportunity to get some confidence and shootsome good scores. We have some young guys who are going to be goodplayers for us, and this is a good way to get them started."
The next action for the Cowboys is Sept. 15-16 at the TuckerInvitational in Albuquerque, N.M.