Sept. 26, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
After the opening two rounds of the prestigious William H. Tucker Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico, the Cowboys found themselves in seventh place of 16 teams on Friday evening. The 54th annual invitational, which has historically featured some of the top golfers in the nation, is being held at the University of New Mexico's Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Cowboys fired opening rounds of 293 (+5) and 299 (+11) for a two round total of 592 (+16), which was good for seventh place. The Cowboys trail New Mexico (-12), UNLV (-7), Ohio State (-3), Pepperdine (E), Colorado (+2) and BYU (+15). The Pokes lead some notable teams such as Arizona (+17), Campbell (+19), Pacific (+26), Utah (+29) and Air Force (+31).
Individually, sophomore Phil Henzlik is leading the Cowboys and sits in a tie for 20th place with a two-round total of 146 (+2). Sophomore Aaron Johnson trails Henzlik by just one stroke and is currently three-over par with a two round total of 147. Both Henzlik and Johnson shot season best rounds on the day, Henzlik with a second round 70 and Johnson with a first round 69. Henzlik's 70 is a career best and Johnson's 69 ties his career low.
"Through the first two rounds, we have been very competitive in a premier national field," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "With that said, I am a little disappointed with the way we closed. We left some big strokes out there down the stretch of the second round. We even had two guys triple bogey their last hole. If we would have finished a little better, we could easily be as many as 10 strokes better.
"Tomorrow will be a huge day for us as we have a real chance to do some great things in this tournament. If we come out and play like we are capable, we have a chance to beat some very good programs."
The Tucker Invite will conclude tomorrow as the field will play one final round of 18 holes beginning with 7:30 a.m. tee times.