Sept. 25, 2007
LAYTON, Utah -
On Tuesday the Wyoming Cowboy golfers shot a team score of 285 (-3) at the Purple and Red Invitational in Layton, Utah. UW moved up three places after an opening round of 291 (+3) on Monday to finish in fourth place in the 18-team event at even-par 576.
Cowboy freshman Mike May, of Big Piney, Wyo., fired a second round 68 (-4) to give him a two round total of 137 (-7) and a second place individual finish.
The scheduled 54-hole event was shortened to 36-holes after the first round Monday morning was cancelled due to rain.
Three of four Cowboys counting towards the team score were under par on the day, including May, redshirt freshman Aaron Johnson at 70 (-2) and freshman Zach Zaremba, 71 (-1). Those marks helped UW post their best team score of the year along with their best team finish.
Boise State won the team title with a two round total of 567 (-9), barely edging out tournament co-host Utah, who finished in second place at 568 (-8), only a shot back.
The individual title went to Troy Merritt from Boise, who fired a second round 65 (-7), and a two round total of 134 (-10).
May had the Pokes highest finish as an individual since Jeff Franks' win at Air Force in 2004. The Cowboys produced their highest team finish since the 2005-06 season when they placed fourth at the Oregon Duck Invitational.
"The last two weeks of play have been a real wake-up call for this team and their potential," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "We played right with some top-tier programs at New Mexico and Kansas, and then here we just flat played well on a good course. The team just hung on to the fact that they can compete at this level, and Mike May's play helped the other guys gain confidence that they could also play well.
"This is a very nice finish for this young group of guys. We're getting better."
Wyoming freshman Gabe Maier counted a round of 76 (+4) each day towards the Cowboy team total and first-year UW player Phil Henzlik shot 72 (E) on Monday and then followed that up with a mark of 73 (+1) on Tuesday morning. Henzlik played the event as an individual.
The event, hosted by Weber State and the University of Utah, was played at Valley View Golf Course and was UW's fourth tournament in 17 days.
Valley View measures 7,147 yards, par 72.
Wyoming will have the next two weeks off before going to the Nevada Wolf Pack Classic in Reno, Oct. 8-9.