Sept. 14, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team received steady, solid rounds from its freshman class to stay in the pack on Friday at the University of New Mexico/Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque.
UW shot team scores of 300 (+12) and 299 (+11) thanks to numbers in the lower 70's from freshmen Gabe Maier, Mike May and Zach Zaremba.
Wyoming is in 14th place with a 36-hole score of 599 (+23) in the tightly-grouped field of 17 teams. The Cowboys are beating Mountain West Conference rivals BYU and Air Force, and are within six strokes of five other schools.
"We were not flashy today, but did have some solid rounds," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "We're competing well and that's all I'm asking of them right now. I'll probably say this a lot this season, but this is good experience for this young team, against a good field. Our youth will probably cause us to make some mistakes and that is to be expected, however, these freshmen will be pushed out of their comfort zone and asked to shoot some numbers that I know they are capable of."
Maier had the low mark after two rounds for UW with scores of 75 (+3) and 72 (E). His total of 147 (+3) puts him in a tie for 20th in the field of 90 players.
Both May and Zaremba are tied for 33rd at 149 (+5). May's low round was 73 (+1), while Zaremba's was 74 (+2).
The Pepperdine Waves lead the team competition by three strokes with a score of 576 (E). San Diego State and Colorado are tied for second at 579.
The individual leader by seven strokes is the Waves' Jesse Barnsley at 133 (-11).
One final 18-hole round will be played Saturday morning with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The event is being played at the UNM Championship Course, which measures 7,350 yards, par 72. All of the action can be followed with live scoring via GolfStat.com.
This is the 53rd year of the Tucker, one of the most prestigious college golf tournaments in the country. Held at the Championship Course every year since 1967, the Tucker is the second oldest collegiate tournament in the country, behind only the New England Intercollegiate Golf Tournament in Brewster, Mass.