Sept. 28, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Cowboy golfer Gabe Maier continued his solid play this week and recorded his 20th career top-25 finish at the inaugural University of Colorado Invite in Erie, Colo. Maier finished in a tie for 15th place in the 84-man field.
As a team, the Cowboys could not gain any ground on the rest of the field and finished in 11th place, the same place they began the final round. During Tuesday's final round the Cowboys shot a 299 (+11). That gave them a three-round score of 901 (+37).
Maier, a senior from Cody, Wyo., shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday to give himself a three-round total of 217 (+1). After a tough first round on Monday that ended in his highest round of the season (76), he responded nicely with a 69 (-3) during Monday's second round and a 72 (E) during the third round. Much of Maier's success this tournament came from his play on the par fives. He played the 12 par fives to a six-under total, which matched the best total in the field.
Maier has now finished in the top-25 in 13 of the last 15 events he has played.
"This wasn't Gabe's best tournament, but he was solid," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "He had a rough first round, but played well during the last two. The most important thing has been his consistency. He is performing at a high level in each and every tournament, is a great leader for us and is making a name for himself as one of the top players in the country.
"As a team, this is not where we want to be. We have some areas to improve upon and we hope to do that over the final two events of the fall. In this event, we didn't get the production that we need from the bottom of the lineup. We know that we are capable, but need to perform. If we get that consistency throughout the lineup at the Tucker this weekend, we know we are capable of finishing in the upper third."
New Mexico held on to its lead through the first two rounds and claimed the tournament championship with a three-round score of 859 (-4). Colorado State finished second (860, -4) and Kansas was third (869 (+5).
In the race for individual medalist, San Jose State's Mark Hubbard came away on top with a three-round score of 209 (-7). New Mexico's Travis Ross finished second (211, -5), while New Mexico State's Gaston De La Torre and San Jose State's Matt Hovan tied for third (212, -4).
The event was played at the Colorado National Golf Club, which measures 7,741 yards and plays to a par of 72.
The Cowboys will remain on the road and travel to Albuquerque, N.M. for the New Mexico Tucker Intercollegiate this weekend. The Tucker will be held on Oct. 1 and 2 at the New Mexico Championship Golf Course.
The Pokes will close out the fall season on Oct. 4 and 5 at the Nevada WolfPack Classic in Lake Tahoe, Nev.