Sept. 12, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
University of Wyoming junior golfer Gabe Maier started the 2009 fall season with a bang, as he tied for sixth at the prestigious New Mexico Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday. As a team, the Cowboys placed eighth in the 17-team tournament.
Maier, a Cody, Wyo. native, shot rounds of 68 (-4), 73 (+1) and 71 (-1) to finish with a three-round total of 212 (-4). That total tied for sixth in the 104-man field, and is both his best career tournament finish and best career tournament score.
As a team, the Cowboys wrapped up a solid tournament on Saturday and placed eighth in the 17-team field. The Pokes finished with a three-round tournament total of 884 (+9, 293, 294, 297).
UNLV won the Tucker Invitational with a three round total of 843 (-21). San Diego State (859, -5) finished second and BYU was third (867, +3).
Individually, UNLV's Derek Ernst and Colby Smith tied for first place, each finishing eight-under par.
"Gabe had a great tournament and we did some good things as a team," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "This was a good, solid start to the season. We beat some high caliber teams like Arizona and Colorado, which was great. We also have a few things to work on, as we were really close to New Mexico, but missed a few opportunities late. All in all, we feel good about this opening weekend and are looking forward to next weekend."
The Cowboys will return to action next Saturday and Sunday as they travel to the Air Force Academy for the Falcon Invitational.