Wyoming Cowboy Golfers Play First Day at the Tucker Invitational

Sept. 16, 2005

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

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The University of Wyoming men's golf team posted first day rounds of 295 (+7) and 301 (+13) on Friday at the Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. UW is 13th in the 20-team field with a total of 596, despite tough, windy conditions which raised scores in the second round.

UNLV leads the team competition with a two-round total of 570 (-6) strokes, seven strokes ahead of second-place Texas Tech. UNLV also boasts the individual leader, Andres Gonzalez at 139 (-5).

Wyoming redshirt senior Matthew Brunk led the Pokes on day one with rounds of 72 (E) and 73 (+1). The senior's low rounds place him in a tie for 17th of 104 collegiate golfers. Cowboy senior Dan Silva came back from a morning score of 77 (+5) to post an afternoon mark of 73 (+1), which places him in a tie for 54th.

"This is a very good tournament with a lot of Top-50 programs," said head UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "We know that we can compete against this quality field, which shows the growth in our program.

"We're just going to keep chipping away and hanging in there. We're going to keep fighting and playing hard. We'll finish with a good round tomorrow. Mental toughness will be key. Our score is close to a lot of other teams and we can make up some ground in the third round."

Also competing for Wyoming was junior Jeff Franks, 151 (+7), senior Eric Baily, 153 (+9), and freshman Corey Steger, 156 (+12).

Each team played five golfers and counted the four best scores.

One final round of 18 holes will be played on Saturday.

The 54-hole Tucker Invitational, hosted by defending MWC champion New Mexico, is being held on UNM's Championship Course, which plays 7,350 yards and has a par of 72.

20 mainly regional schools are competing in the event, including defending team champion Arizona, as well as MWC teams Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, and Wyoming.

Live scoring of the event is available at Golfstat.com.