Sept. 28, 2012
The University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team played the first two rounds of the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, its last tournament of the fall season, in Albuquerque, N.M. on Friday. The Pokes sit in a tie for 10th place of the 14-team field with a score of 600 (+24). Wyoming shot a first round 308 (+20), before coming back in the second round to shoot a 292 (+4), which was the fourth-best second round of the day. Cowboys Jake Hedge and Kamrin Allen lead the scoring for UW tying for 20th place of the 84-man field with a score of 147 (+3). Hedge carded a first round 78 (+6) and improved by nine strokes tying a season-best 69 (-3) in the second round. Allen shot a four-over 76 in the first round and also improved in the second round shooting his fifth under-par round of the season of 71 (-1).
"We played poorly in the first round again today, but I was proud of how the kids battled back in the second round," Cowboy golf head coach Joe Jensen said. "The kids attitudes were great after the first round and it showed with how we played in the second round. This course is very long, the rough is long and the setup has been very difficult, but the kids played well on it."
Allen and Hedge led the Cowboy scoring through two rounds, as Allen is poised for his fourth top-25 finish, while Hedge is looking for his second top-25 finish of the season. Cowboy juniors Eddie Stewart, Brent Baylon and Eric Parish all finished the day tied for 74th place with scores of 157 (+13). Stewart shot both rounds in the 70's firing a 79 (+7) in the first round and a six-over 78 in the second round. Baylon struggled in the first round shooting an 83 (+11) before dropping nine strokes in the second round carding a 74 (+2). Parish shot a team-best 75 (+3) in the first round, but fell back in the second round shooting an 82 (+10).
Leading the team scoring is host New Mexico, who is the only team under-par, with a two-round score of 568 (-8). San Francisco is 13 strokes behind the Lobos in second with a score of 581 (+5). Colorado is in third with a final tally of 583 (+7), Baylor is in fourth with a score of 586 (+10) and UC Irvine rounds out the top five with a score of 588 (+12).
Atop the individual leaderboard is San Francisco's Cory McElyea with a 36-hole total of 138 (-6). UC Irvine's Pete Fernandez and Minnesota's Erik Van Rooyen are tied for second, one stroke behind McElyea, with a score of 139 (-5). Gavin Green of New Mexico is in fourth with a score of 140 (-4). Colorado's Jason Burstyn is in fifth place with a final tally of 141 (-3).
The event is being played at the University of New Mexico Championship course. The course plays a par 72 and 7,562 yards in length.
The Cowboys will play one 18-hole round on Saturday to close the tournament and their fall season.
"We are going to go out and play as hard as we can tomorrow," Jensen said. "We are within eight strokes of seventh place and we are going to try and move up this leaderboard. I want us to come out and have an entire team effort, meaning I want all five kids to contribute tomorrow."