Sept. 11, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
University of Wyoming junior Gabe Maier found himself in a great place following the opening round of the 2009 New Mexico Tucker Invitational, tied for second place. The Tucker, which is being played at UNM's Championship Course in Albuquerque, began on Friday and is scheduled to conclude on Saturday.
While the 17 team field finished the tournament's first round Friday afternoon, play was suspended partially through the second round due to rain. Each team finished a different number of holes, and the majority of UW's players have four to five holes left to play in the second round. The field will wrap-up the second round on Saturday morning, before beginning the third and final round. Play will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Following the completed first round, Maier was tied for second place in the 104-man field. Maier shot an opening round 68 (-4), which is the lowest round of his college career. Through 14 holes of the second round, Maier was two-over par.
Other Cowboys who scored for the team included junior Phil Henzlik, redshirt freshman Clinton Boutelle and junior Zach Zaremba. Henzlik shot an opening round 74 (+2), Boutelle fired a 75 (+3) in his first college round and Zaremba shot a 76 (+4).
As a team, the Cowboys shot an opening round score of 293 (+5). That tied with Baylor for the seventh best opening round in the tournament. UNLV had the best first round, firing a 282 (-6).
Individually, UNLV's Derek Ernst had the best opening round as he carded a 67 (-5). Maier was one of three players to shoot a 68.
"Gabe had a really nice start and we are very proud of him," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "As a team we had a nice first round and were playing pretty well in the second until the weather halted play. We are grouped with some great teams in the middle of the pack. We are showing that we can be competitive with a national caliber field, which I am happy about."
The UNM Championship Course measures 7,591 yards in length and plays to a par of 72.
The Tucker Invite will conclude tomorrow as the field will play one final round of 18 holes beginning with 7:30 a.m. tee times.