Wyoming Cowboy Golf Finishes Strong at the Tucker Invitational

Sept. 17, 2005


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The University of Wyoming men's golf team played their best round of the weekend at the Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday, shooting 289 (+1). UW finished tied for 12th with Fresno State in the 20-team field by scoring a total of 885 (+21).

UNLV won the team competition with a three-round total of 851 (-13), ten strokes ahead of runner-up BYU. UNLV also produced the individual winner, Andres Gonzalez at 207 (-9).

Wyoming redshirt senior Matthew Brunk had the best event finish for UW, tying for 28th of 104 collegiate golfers, after he fired a final round of 74 (+2). Cowboy senior Dan Silva shot even-par 72 in his final 18 holes and tied for 46th.

"We beat some good teams from our conference and some ranked teams," said head UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "I'm very happy with our final round. We played solid.

"Despite some difficult pin placements, our guys fought and played hard. We were competitive with some of the best teams in the country."

Wyoming junior Jeff Franks also closed with an even-par round of 72, while senior Eric Baily notched the low Cowboy score of the tournament, a one-under par 71. Freshman Corey Steger had a tough final day and shot 79 (+7).

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

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

20 mainly regional schools competed 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.

The Cowboys next compete at the Louisville Intercollegiate, Sept. 26-27.