Sept. 27, 2010
ERIE, Colo. -
Improvement was the theme of the day on Monday for the Wyoming Cowboy golf team. After getting off to a rough start at the inaugural University of Colorado Invite in Erie, Colo., the Cowboys improved drastically during the event's second round.
As a team, the Cowboys improved 20 strokes from the first to the second round. Individually, three players improved seven strokes or more from round to round.
The bright spot of the opening day was again the play of Cowboy senior Gabe Maier. Maier is currently tied for 11th place in the 84-man field with a two round score of 145 (+1). Maier was one of the Pokes to improve drastically, as he went from a 76 (+4) down to a 69 (-3).
The Cowboys opened with a team total of 311 (+23) during the first round, but improved 20 strokes and shot a 291 (+3) in the second round. The Pokes are currently in 12th place with a total of 602 (+26). They are within eight strokes of four teams.
Two Cowboys to show the most drastic of improvements were senior Zach Zaremba and junior Casey Ruff, who is playing as an individual. Zaremba improved 13 shots from an 83 (+11) to a 70 (-2), while Ruff jumped from an 84 (+12) to a 73 (+1). Zaremba is tied for 56th place with a two-round total of 153 (+9).
"We are obviously very disappointed in how we played during the first round," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "We can't allow ourselves to play that way and begin an event in a hole like that. However, I am pleased with the way we fought back. That second round is more indicative of who we are as a team. Now we need to improve again tomorrow, post a good round and catch a few teams above us in the standings."
New Mexico leads the event with a team score of 576 (E). San Jose State's Mark Hubbard leads the individual field with a two-round score of 139 (-5).
The event is being played at the Colorado National Golf Club, which measures 7,741 yards and plays to a par of 72.
The Colorado Invite will conclude on Tuesday with a final round of 18 holes. The field will begin play at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.