Sept. 22, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team got a taste of high quality, collegiate golf on Friday at the Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
Of the 21 teams participating in the event, eight played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and an additional six qualified for one of three NCAA regional tournaments last season.
UW recorded a team round of 307 (+19) over the first 18 holes and was unable to complete round two before darkness descended. Their score places the Cowboys in a tie for 19th.
The second round will be completed early Saturday morning, followed immediately by a final 18 holes. Players were at various points in their second round when play was suspended so results only reflect one round of scores.
"There are enough good things happening to keep me encouraged, we just need to eliminate the self-inflicted mistakes," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "Everyone is working hard and not giving up, but we've got to get better and keep the bar set high.
"This is a wonderful tournament and a very good field. It is good for our kids to be here, feeling it and living it. Most first-year college players don't get an opportunity to play in these type of national tournaments, so what a great experience for my young players."
Wyoming was led in round one by senior Jeff Franks who shot 71 (-1) and is tied for 10th with 36 holes remaining. UW junior Zac Fisher also contributed a solid score, posting a 75 (+3).
New Mexico and Texas Tech had the lowest first round scores at 286 (-2). The Lobos' Charlie Beljan held the early individual lead at 67 (-5).
The Tucker Invite is hosted by the New Mexico Lobos and played on the UNM Championship Course, par 72 and measuring 7,354 yards. Live scoring for the event is available on Golfstat.com.