Sept. 20, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
It seems to have become the norm for Wyoming Cowboy golf--another tournament and another great finish for senior Gabe Maier.
On Monday, Maier tied for third place in the 104-man Air Force Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Cody, Wyo. native shot an even-par 72 during the third and final round to finish with a three-round score of 213 (-3). He was also tied for third place after Sunday's first and second rounds.
For Maier, strong finishes have been plentiful as of late. This marks the second straight event that he has finished in the top 10 and the sixth time over the last two seasons he has done so. In his career, Maier has now finished in the top 25 of 19 tournaments, including 12 of UW's last 14 events.
In the team standings the Cowboys didn't finish as high as they had hoped, but managed to hold on for a sixth place showing in the talented 18-team field. The Pokes entered the third round in fourth place, but slipped after shooting a 298 (+10). That gave them a three-round total of 878 (+14).
Behind Maier, senior Phil Henzlik recorded his sixth career top-25 finish. Henzlik tied for 25th place with a three-round score of 221 (+5).
"This is another great tournament finish for Gabe," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "There is no doubt that he is one of the premier players in the country. Gabe's goal is to be in position to finish at the top of every tournament, and he obviously did a great job of that in this event.
"As a team, we are disappointed we couldn't move up from our fourth place start. However, this is a solid finish in a very good field. We played tough, but needed to get a couple more low scores to count today. We have high expectations this year and know we are capable of doing some great things. Hopefully this can springboard us to a better finish next week at Colorado's tournament."
Colorado-Colorado Springs ran away with the Falcon Invitational team championship, finishing with a three-round score of 861 (-3). San Diego held on to second place (869, +5) and Colorado State jumped to third place (871 (+7).
Individually, Maier finished six strokes behind the event medalist, Colorado State's Ryan Petersen (207, -9). CSU's Kory Harrell finished second (212, -4), while Maier tied with San Diego's Gunner Wiebe and Colorado-Colorado Spring's Chris Shoop.
The event was played on the Blue Course at Eisenhower Golf Club, which measures 7,363 yards and plays to a par of 72.
The Cowboys will return to the course next Monday and Tuesday when they travel to Erie, Colo. for the Colorado Invitational.