Sept. 12, 2011
ERIE, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team played the first two rounds of the Mark Simpson Invitational at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo. The Cowboys shot a two round total of 569 (-5) and currently sit in fifth place of the 15-team field. Cowboy Clinton Boutelle shot two rounds of 69 (-3) giving him a score of 138 (-6), which tied him for sixth place in the 84-man field.
"In a really good tournament I am pleased with how we played today," Cowboy golf head coach Joe Jensen said. "I really want us to go out and play hard tomorrow andsee where we can't finish in this thing."
The Cowboys played an excellent first round shooting a team total of 289 (+1), which put them seven shots off the lead in a tie for sixth place. Boutelle shot the low first round for the Cowboys of 69 (-3) tying him for sixth place. Redshirt Freshman Eddie Stewart continued his good start to 2011 shooting an even par 72 in the first round tying him for 23rd place. Casey Ruff and Eric Parish both shot a first round 74 (+2) which tied them for 38th place. Michael May shot 75 (+3) in the first round tying him for 51st place. Freshman Jake Hedge played as an individual for UW today shooting a first round 72 (E) tying him with his teammate Stewart for 23rd place.
In the second round, Boutelle, Stewart and Parish each shot under par rounds helping the Cowboys to a six-under 282. Wyoming's 282 in the second round gave them a two round score of 569 (-5) which put them in fifth place. Boutelle shot a second round 69 (-3), giving him a total of 138 (-6) and tying him for sixth place. Stewart posted a one-under 71 in round two giving him a total of 143 (-1) which tied him for 15th place. Parish shot a career best round of 69 (-3) in the second round giving him a total of 143 (-1) and also tied him for 15th place. Ruff shot a one-over 73 in the second round tying him for 37th place with a total score of 147 (+3). After shooting a second round 77 (+5), senior May finished the day in a tie for 65th place with a total score of 152 (+8). Hedge fell back in the second round shooting a 77 (+5), giving him a total of 149 (+5) which tied him for 48th place.
"Now we need to get in the mindset that we need to go out and play well tomorrow," Jensen added.
Leading the tournament as a team is Colorado who shot two under-par rounds of 282 (-6) and 278 (-10) to give them a total of 560 (-16). Trailing the Buffaloes in second place is San Diego who also shot two under par rounds of 285 (-1) and 282 (-6) giving them a total of 567 (-7). New Mexico and Oklahoma are tied in third place after shooting a two round total of 568 (-6). The Cowboys round out the top five with a team score of 569 (-5).
Colorado's Beau Schoolcraft leads the tournament individually after posting two rounds of 66 (-6) which gave him a total score of 132 (-12). San Diego's Alex Ching is in second after shooting 69 (-3), 66 (-6) to give him a total of 135 (-9). Colorado's Derek Fribbs shot a two round 136 (-8) to finish in third place. New Mexico State's Justin Shin and Oklahoma's Abraham Ancer shot 137 (-7) which tied them for fourth place. UW's Boutelle and New Mexico's John Catlin sit in a tie for sixth with a two round total of 138 (-6). Rounding out the top ten is; Colorado's Kevin King in eighth (139, -5), San Diego's Grant Forrest in ninth (140, -4) and Colorado State's Zahkai Brown in 10th place (141, -3).
The Mark Simpson Invitational is being played at Colorado National Golf Club which measures 7,741 and plays a par-72.
The Cowboys will conclude play with 18 holes at the Mark Simpson Invitational on Tuesday.