Wyoming Cowboy Golfers Close in Eleventh at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite

Sept. 11, 2005

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

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The University of Wyoming men's golf team posted a final round team score of 297 (+9) on Sunday and dropped one spot to finish in 11th place of 17 teams at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite in Colorado Springs, Colo. UW finished the 54-hole tournament with a total of 895.

The Air Force Academy hung on for the team victory, despite several strong final round performances by other schools. Air Force's win in its own tournament was just its third ever. The Falcons, who finished 4-over-par for the weekend at 868, finished four strokes ahead of second-place Weber State (872), while Long Beach State (875), Boise State (875) and California (884) rounded out the top five. Boise State's Graham Delaet brought home medalist honors, finishing at a 10-under-par 206.

UW junior Jeff Franks posted a third round score of even-par 72, jumping 18 spots to finish in a tie for 35th with teammate Matthew Brunk, who finished with a 75 (+3). Cowboy senior Eric Baily also shot 75 on Sunday, and had the highest individual finish for the Pokes, tied for 12th of 91 collegiate golfers.

"We played hard today, but still not close to what we are capable of," said head UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "Our putting was the difference in this tournament.

"Jeff (Franks) played a good round today from tee to green, and I'm pleased with Corey's (Steger) solid play in his first college event.

"The good thing is that we get to come back out next weekend and compete right away, and the guys are excited to redeem themselves against a good field."

Wyoming freshman Corey Steger backed up rounds of 75 and 77 on Saturday with another round of 75, for a solid finish in his first collegiate action. UW senior Dan Silva also closed the weekend with a mark of 75.

Each team played five golfers and counted the four best scores.

The 37th Annual Gene Miranda Falcon Invite was played at the Eisenhower-Blue Course on the USAF Academy grounds. The Blue Course plays to a par of 72 and measures 7,301 yards.

Wyoming's next competition is Sept. 16-17, in Albuquerque, N.M. at the Tucker Invitational, hosted by defending MWC champion New Mexico.