Fifth Place Finish for Wyoming Cowboy Golf at the Cardinal Invitational

Sept. 27, 2005

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The University of Wyoming men's golf team completed the final round at the Cardinal Invitational in Louisville, Ken. on Tuesday. The Cowboys shot 292 (+4) and finished the 54-hole event tied for 5th with Illinois State in the 14-team field by scoring a total of 868 (+4). UW posted rounds of 289 (+1) and 287 (-1) on Monday.

Marquette University edged the University of Louisville by a single stroke on the third hole of a playoff to capture the team title.

Austin Peay's Chris Barron fired a final round 67, and finished the tournament at -11 to capture medalist honors by four strokes over Illinois State's Matt Miller.

Wyoming junior Eric Jeff Franks was nine strokes back at 214 (-2) after a final round of even-par 72. Following rounds of 69 (-3) and 73 (+1) on Monday, Franks finished tied 11th of 75 collegiate golfers. Senior Eric Baily was one stroke in back of Franks at 215 (-1) with a Tuesday round of 74 (+2).

"We had a chance today," said head UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "We just didn't put it together in the final six holes, and didn't handle adversity well. As a team we were six-under after 12 holes.

"Our team comes to tournaments to win, and so even though we finished in fifth, we are not pleased with the result.

"I am pleased with Jeff (Franks) and Eric's (Baily) consistent rounds, and it was good that Corey (Steger) contributed as a freshman."

Wyoming redshirt senior Matthew Brunk provided an even-par round of 72 to the team score, while freshman Corey Steger carded a 74 (+2). Senior Dan Silva concluded a difficult tournament with a mark of 76 (+4).

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

The 54-hole Cardinal Invitational was played at the University of Louisville's Cardinal Club course, which plays 7,350 yards and has a par of 72.

The Cowboys now have several weeks off before their next competition at the NMSU/Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 in Las Cruces, N.M.