Cowboys Close Forgettable Purple & Red Invitational

Sept. 19, 2006

LAYTON, Utah -

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The University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team shot a round of 301 (+13) on Tuesday to close the Purple and Red Invitational in Layton, Utah. UW totaled 899 (+35) for the event and placed 15th of 17 schools.

"These are the growing pains we'll go through this year," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "Traveling two freshmen who are learning the college game, we will live and die by the scores of our other three players. When one of them does not play well our team scores will reflect that.

"Overall I was pleased with the play of Casey (Ruff), Zac (Fisher) and Jeff (Franks). We're competitive for a young, new team and we'll work hard to get this turned around."

Franks gave the Cowboys a good final round mark of 70 (-2) and ended the tournament in a tie for 23rd of 94 golfers with his total at 218 (+2). Only one stroke back of the senior was Fisher at 219 (+3), and then the freshman Ruff at 225 (+9).

Both Hartford and Utah tied for first place with scores of 863 (-1). Hartford won the team total in a playoff. Cal Poly's Dave Lewinski was the individual medalist at 208 (-8).

The Purple and Red Invitational was played at the Valley View Golf Course, par 72 and measuring 6,852 yards.

The Cowboys will stay on the road and travel directly to Albuquerque, N.M., where they will compete in the Tucker Invitational, Sept. 22-23.

The Tucker Invite is hosted by the New Mexico Lobos and played on the UNM Championship Course. Live scoring for the event will be available on Golfstat.com.