Sept. 27, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The University of Wyoming men's golf team concluded a strong performance on Saturday, placing eighth in a very strong 16-team field at the University of New Mexico William H. Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
Wyoming finished with a three-round total of 901 -- 37 over par. The Cowboys defeated Mountain West Conference foes Utah by three strokes and Air Force by 21 strokes. Another MWC opponent, UNLV, captured the team title with a 12-under par total of 852 to defeat host New Mexico by 11 strokes.
Cowboy sophomore Phil Henzlik was Wyoming's top individual finisher, placing 20th out of 92 individuals. Henzlik shot a 54-hole total of five-over par 221. Fellow Cowboy sophomores Gabe Maier and Aaron Johnson each finished tied for 34th place, shooting nine-over par 225 totals for the three rounds. The individual tournament title ended in a tie between Derek Tolan of Colorado and Eddie Olson of UNLV, who both shot five-under par 211 for the 54-hole event.
"I'm pleased that we finished in the upper half of the field and hung in there with some very good teams," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "It is always good to get wins over other Mountain West Conference schools (Air Force and Utah). This was great experience for our young team and we just need to continue doing what we're doing. We showed good balance as a team with our results and everyone contributed."
Wyoming entered the final round in seventh place in the team competition. The tournament was played at the UNM Championship Course. The first two 18-hole rounds were played on Friday, followed by the final round on Saturday. The course measured 7,403 yards and played to a par of 72.
Wyoming's next fall tournament will be a new fall event hosted by the Cowboys in Palm Desert, Calif. The Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate will be played Oct. 4-5 at the Classic Club in Palm Desert.