Sept. 19, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
After a rough start to the 2010-11 golf season last week, the Wyoming Cowboys got things on track on Sunday and had a great opening two rounds at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.
The Cowboys are in fourth place in the 18-team field and senior Gabe Maier is tied for third place in the 104-man individual standings.
The invitational, which is hosted by Air Force, is being played at the Eisenhower Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"We feel good about where we are after the first two rounds, as this is a very good field," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "While we feel good about being in fourth place, we are very competitive and want to win. Our goal tomorrow is for each guy to go out there and not worry about winning but to play as hard as he can. If we do that and catch a couple breaks, you never know what may happen.
"We had a bit of a wake-up call with our poor play last weekend and we came back strong today. We played especially well in the first round and if it wasn't for a couple missed shots down the stretch of the second round, we could have been under par there as well."
The Cowboys began the day with a very good first round, as they put up the second lowest opening round of any team, a one-under par 287. The Pokes slipped slightly in the second round and shot a 293 (+5).
With a two-round total of 580 (+4), the Cowboys are seven strokes off of first place. Colorado-Colorado Springs leads the event with a total of 573 (-3). San Diego is in second place (576, E) and New Mexico State is in third place (577, +1). Most notably, the Pokes lead Colorado State (582, +6), UNLV (583, +7), Air Force (587, +11) and Colorado (588, +12).
Individually, Maier used a hole-in-one to begin his day with a bang. He aced the par-3 seventh hole en route to an opening round 68 (-4). Maier then shot a 73 (+1) in the second round and currently sits with a two-round total of 141 (-3).
Maier is four strokes back of the leader, Colorado State's Ryan Petersen (137, -7). Colorado-Colorado Springs' Chris Shoop is in second place (139, -5) and Maier is tied with San Diego's Gunner Wiebe for third place.
In addition for the Cowboys, senior Phil Henzlik, junior Michael May and sophomore Clinton Boutelle are all just outside of the top-25. The three are tied for 27th place with a two-round score of 147 (+3).
The event is being played on the Blue Course at Eisenhower Golf Club, which measures 7,363 yards and plays to a par of 72.
The Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational will conclude on Monday with a final round of 18 holes. The field will begin play at 8 a.m.