Difficult Learning Experience for Wyoming Men's Golf at the Tucker Invite

Sept. 23, 2006

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

Consecutive scores of 318 (+30) sunk the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team to the bottom of pack Saturday at the Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. After adding in their first round tally of 307 (+19), UW totaled 943 (+79) and finished last in the 21-team field.

Though disappointed with his team's finish, Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen is trying to be realistic with a traveling squad that included only one returning contributor from last season, two freshmen, a junior college transfer and a player coming off a redshirt year.

"We need these guys to get some experience," said Jensen. "Everyone is playing enough good holes, we just have too many bad holes. This was a high-quality event with an excellent field, a tough course and difficult playing conditions. We don't play in these type of tournaments every week, so our finishes will improve."

Teams finished the darkness-delayed second round on Saturday morning and then immediately played the final round of 18 holes. New Mexico came out of the competitive event with the team title, totaling 874 (+10). The Lobos' Charlie Beljan held on to his early tournament lead and took the individual crown at 210 (-6).

Wyoming's top finisher was senior Jeff Franks, whose 54-hole total of 227 (+11) placed him in a tie for 54th of 108 competitors.

The Tucker Invite was hosted by the New Mexico Lobos and played on the UNM Championship Course, par 72 and measuring 7,354 yards. 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.

The Cowboys will play their next tournament in Reno, Nev., on Oct. 2-3 at the Nevada Wolf Pack Classic.