Golfers Capture Second Place at Air Force Falcon Invitational

Sept. 20, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowboy golf team posted an impressivesecond-place finish at the Air Force Falcon Invitational on Sunday, Sept.19. UW finished eight strokes back of team champion Notre Dame in the24-team tournament field. Wyoming was able to make up four strokes on NotreDame in the final round, but wasn't able to catch the Fighting Irish.UW was led by junior David Hearn, senior Reid Lende and sophomore MikeUrbatchka, who all finished in the Top 20.

Wyoming's top placer was Hearn, who finished in a tie for fifthplace with Tim McMillan of Texas Wesleyan at 214, two-under par for thetournament. UW senior Lende shot a final round 71, the best of the day forthe Cowboys, and vaulted from 26th place entering the final round to a tiefor eighth with Jon Babich of New Mexico State and Matt Sakowitz of AirForce at 217, one-over par. The third Cowboy to finish in the Top 20 wassophomore Urbatchka. He ended the 54-hole event with a score of 221,five-over par, to tie six other individuals for 19th.

"The guys did a great job today, in spite of the weather," said UWmen's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "Reid (Lende) and David (Hearn) both shotfine rounds, and Michael's round was a good one given the conditions. Wegave Notre Dame a good run for their money at the end, but couldn't quitecatch them.

"This tournament was a good one for our team, to build ourconfidence against a number of quality golf teams. We beat several fellowDistrict 7 opponents, as well as defeating a number of good Division Iprograms that can help us down the road. We just need to build off of thissuccess."

The Falcon Invitational was played on the Eisenhower-Blue Course.The Eisenhower-Blue Course measures 7,301 yards and plays to a par of 72.

In two fall tournaments, the Cowboys now have a tournamentchampionship to their credit and a second-place team finish. Wyoming wonits own Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate on Sept. 7 in Laramie.

Wyoming's next tournament will be on Sept. 27-28 at the ColoradoState Ram Invitational.