Sept. 14, 2010
NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. -
For the Wyoming Cowboy golf team, a weather shortened Nebraska Fairway Club Invitational came to an end on Tuesday in Nebraska City, Neb. The field finished the second round on Tuesday but was unable to play a third and final round due to poor weather on Monday and more forecasted thunderstorms.
Despite the weather issues, Cowboy senior Gabe Maier put together another solid tournament. By finishing in a tie for eighth place in the 73-man field, Maier's recorded his fifth career top-10 finish and his 17th career top-25. He finished the event with a two-round total of 144 (E). After an opening round 70 (-2), Maier slipped slightly and shot a second round 74 (+2) on Tuesday.
As a team, the Cowboys improved during the second round but their slow start on Monday put them in a hole. They shot an opening round 301 (+13), but improved that score to a 295 (+7) during Tuesday's second round. That gave the Pokes a tournament score of 596 (+20) and put them in eighth place in the 12-team field.
"Collectively, we played better today but our poor start on Monday really hurt," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "With the way we were playing today, we could have used 18 more holes to try to catch some teams. However, this will serve as an important lesson. We have to be ready to go and play well throughout an event if we want to achieve our goals this season.
"Gabe had a nice opening round but slipped a little early in the second round. Unfortunately for him, he was really putting it together at the end of the second round and could have possibly made a move had we played one more round. Still, it is great to see his name in the top-10 again."
University of Missouri-Kansas City won the event with a two-round score of 576 (E). Missouri State finished second (579, +3) and Nebraska finished third (582, +6) in their host event.
Nebraska's Mike Coatman was the individual medalist after firing a two-round score of 141 (-3). Creighton's Austin Miller and Kansas' Doug Quinones tied for second place with a score of 142 (-2).
The event was played at the ArborLinks Golf Course, which measures 7,190 yards and plays to a par of 72.
The Cowboys will return to the links this coming weekend, as they are scheduled to compete in Air Force's Gene Miranda Invitational. The event will feature 36 holes on Sunday and 18 on Monday.