Wyoming Cowboy Golf Sits Even Par after One Day at the Cardinal Invitational

Sept. 26, 2005

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The University of Wyoming men's golf team posted rounds of 289 (+1) and 287 (-1) at the Cardinal Invitational in Louisville, Ken. on Monday. UW finished 36 holes tied for 4th with Austin Peay in the 14-team field by scoring a total of 576 (E).

UW has now posted three consecutive team rounds under 290, dating back to their final round of 289 (+1) at the Tucker Invite.

Louisville leads their own event by two strokes over Marquette after two rounds of play, carding a 568 (-8). Seven teams are within 10 shots of the lead, with Washington State (572) four shots off the pace, followed by Wyoming and Austin Peay (576), Illinois State (577) and Eastern Kentucky (578).

The race for top individual honors is equally tight, with 21 golfers within five shots of Towson's Jeff Castle and Austin Peay's Chris Barron, who both shot two rounds of 69 (-3), totaling 138 (-6) to share the lead after day one.

Only three strokes back, Wyoming senior Eric Baily posted two rounds under par to tie him for 10th of 75 collegiate golfers. Baily shot 71 (-1) and 70 (-2) for a total of 141 (-3). Cowboy junior Jeff Franks had the low UW round of the day when he scored 69 (-3) during the morning session. Franks followed that up with a 73 (+1) to place him in a tie for 15th overall.

"We played well today and I'm pleased with where we sit heading into the final round," said head UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "Tomorrow I would like to see us put a solid number on the board and close this tournament in contention. If all five guys come out and play hard, we'll be in the mix to try and win this thing.

"There are some good golf programs here that we don't get to see very often, so this is a fun event for us to play."

After scores of 76 (+4) and 77 (+5), respectively, Wyoming redshirt senior Matthew Brunk and senior Dan Silva closed with even-par rounds of 72, putting Brunk in a tie for 32nd and Silva in a tie for 37th. Freshman Corey Steger shot 73 (+1) and 77 (+5).

Each team plays five golfers and counts the four low marks in collegiate golf.

One final round of 18 holes will conclude the tournament on Tuesday.

The 54-hole Cardinal Invitational, hosted by 25th nationally ranked University of Louisville, is being held on their home Cardinal Club course, which plays 7,350 yards and has a par of 72.