Sept. 15, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. - A young Cowboy golf team felt some growing pains on the first day of the Ron Moore Invitational hosted by the University of Denver on Monday and are currently in 17th place. The event is being held at the Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver.
"This is a great tournament with a premium field and unfortunately we didn't have the best day," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "We are a young team and today was one of those days when we played our age. On this golf course you have to be sharp mentally and we were not today. Our problems were mental and not physical so fortunately, those are the types of things we can correct."
The six Cowboy sophomores netted team rounds of 306 (+18) and 312 (+24) for a two-round total of 618 (+42) to settle in at 17th place. Colorado, the team that the Cowboys were paired with on the opening day, leads the tournament with a two-round score of 550 (-26).
Individually, the Cowboys were not able to put their best lineup on the course as the health of redshirt sophomore Aaron Johnson was questionable. Johnson injured his foot at last week's Air Force Invite, forcing him to withdraw from the event. Johnson did not practice last week and therefore his status for this event was unknown and he was forced to play as an individual.
Sophomore Mike May had the best opening day for the Cowboys, netting rounds of 78 and 73 for a two-round total of 151 (+7) and tieing for 53rd place. Behind May was sophomore Zach Zaremba (78, 76), sophomore Phil Henzlik (76, 80), sophomore Gabe Maier (74, 83) and redshirt sophomore Max Curnow (81, 85).
Despite his sore foot, Johnson had the best day of any Cowboy. As an individual, he fired two rounds of 73 and is in a tie for 28th place at two over par.
"It was tough to have Aaron out of our lineup. However, he did a great job considering he hasn't played in a week and had to limp around the course. Also, I though Mike May did a good job today. He was our fifth finisher last week and had our best two-round total today," added Jensen.
The 2008 Ron Moore Invite will conclude tomorrow. The field will play one final round of 18 holes beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.