Sept. 19, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In a loaded field the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team recorded its third straight top ten finish after shooting a final round 295 (+7) in the final round of the Air Force Falcon Invitational. The Cowboys finished the tournament in a tie for eighth place of the 19-team field with a final team score of 872 (+8). Junior Clinton Boutelle led the way for UW recording his first top-five finish of the season after shooting a final round 71 (-1) to finish in a tie for fifth place of the 100-man field. Boutelle ended the tournament with a three round total of 211 (-5).
"Clinton (Boutelle) played very solid today, I am very proud of how he performed these last couple days," Cowboy golf head coach Joe Jensen said. "We made some mistakes in the final round today, but we will learn from them and move on. We have a good young bunch of kids and we just need to put three consistent rounds together."
The Air Force Falcon Invitational was played at the Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo., it measures 7,363 yards and plays a par 72.Today's final round saw the Cowboys finish tied with San Diego in eight place after shooting a seven-over 295 to finish with a final team score of 872 (+8). Boutelle was the Pokes highest finisher tied for fifth with his final score of 211 (-5). Senior Casey Ruff, who could not match his second round 69 (-3), fell back shooting a final round 76 (+4) which finished him in a tie for 29th place with a final tally of 218 (+2). Eddie Stewart fired a final round 74 (+2) to finish with a final score of 220 (+4) which tied him for 35th place. Eric Parish finished the tournament in a tie for 51st place (223, +7) after shooting a final round 74 (+2). Senior Michael May finished the tournament with a final round 77 (+5) giving him a total score of 230 (+ 14) which tied him for 83rd place. Playing as an individual for UW, redshirt freshman Jake Hedge shot a 78 (+6) in the third round tying him for 76th place with a final tally of 228 (+12).
Tying for the individual title was UNLV's Kevin Penner and Ball State's T.J. Carpenter who finished the tournament with a three round total of 209 (-7). Colorado's Kevin Kring and Colorado State's Zahkai Brown tied for third place with a final score of 210 (-6). Boutelle, San Diego's Grant Forrest and CU-Colorado Springs' Spencer Biersdorff finished the tournament with a three round total of 211 (-5). Rounding out the top ten were San Diego's Alex Ching, UNLV's Black Biddle and Colorado's Derek Fribbs and Sebastian Heisele who tied for eighth place with a final score of 212 (-4).
UNLV won the team title after shooting a two-under par on the first playoff hole against Colorado. UNLV and Colorado finished the day with team scores of 844 (-20) forcing the playoff. Colorado State placed third with a final team total of 857 (-7). Trailing the top three was; North Carolina State in fourth with an even-par total of 864, Ball State in fifth with a final tally of 866 (+2), Denver in sixth with a three round total of 868 (+4), Costal Carolina placed seventh with a team score of 871 (+7), the Cowboys and San Diego tied for eighth place with final scores of 872 (+8) and Air Force closed out the top ten with a final team tally of 874 (+10).
"I was very pleased with our finish today," Jensen added. "All of the teams ahead of us either made nationals or regionals last season. It just shows that we are in the thick of things."
The Cowboys will have this weekend off before returning to the golf course on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Wyoming golf will travel to the University of New Mexico William H. Tucker Intercollegiate on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in Albuquerque, N.M.