Sept. 13, 2011
ERIE, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team completed play in the Mark Simpson Invitational at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo., on Tuesday, finishing seventh in the 15-team event. The Cowboys shot a final round 299 (+11) to finish the tournament with a team score of 870 (+6). Junior Cowboy Clinton Boutelle finished the highest for UW after a final round 78 (+6), which gave him total score of 216 (E) and finished him in a tie for 18th place of the 84-man field.
"Today was a tough day for us," Wyoming golf head coach Joe Jensen said. "We put ourselves in good position yesterday, but we just need to be more consistent. We are a relatively young team and we will learn from this. When we are in this position again we will know how to handle it."
In the final round, the Cowboys could not match their second round, six-under 282, shooting an 11-over 299. Boutelle (T-18) finished the highest for the UW after posting a final round 78 (+6). Senior Casey Ruff shot the only under-par round on the day for UW. Ruff fired a 70 (-2) in the final round giving him a total of 217 (+1) which tied him for 22nd place. Eddie Stewart also tied for 22nd place after shooting a third round 74 (+2). Eric Parish shot a six-over 78 in the today's round which gave him a total of 221 (+5) and finished him in a tie for 36th place. Senior Michael May could not rebound from his tough day on Monday shooting a 77 (+5) in the final round, giving him a total of 229 (+13) and finishing him in a tie for 69th place. Playing individualy for the Cowboys was redshirt freshman Jake Hedge, who shot a final round 76 (+4) tying him for 53rd place with a total score of 225 (+9).
Taking home the team championship was Colorado after posting its third consecutive under-par round of 280 (-8) which gave it a team total of 840 (-24). New Mexico placed second with a team score of 845 (-19), Oklahoma placed third with a final tally of 856 (-8), San Diego took home fourth place with a three round total of 857 (-7) and New Mexico State rounded out the top five with a total of 867 (+3).
Colorado's Beau Schoolcraft and San Diego's Alex Ching tied for the individual medalist award after shooting a three round score of 205 (-11). Trailing Schoolcraft and Ching was New Mexico's John Catlin who finished the tournament in third with a nine-under 207. New Mexico State's Justin Shin placed fourth with a three round score of 208 (-8). Colorado's Kevin Kring and Oklahoma's Abraham Ancer finished in a tie for fifth place with a final tally of 209 (-7).
The Cowboys will have a short week before traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo., to take part in the USAF Gene Miranda Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 18 and Monday, Sept. 19.