Wyoming's Brunk in 11th Place at the DU Ron Moore Invitational

Sept. 29, 2003


Matthew Brunk shot rounds of 68 and 76 on Monday in the opening two rounds of the University of Denver Ron Moore Invitational. Brunk is tied for 11th in the field of 69 collegiate golfers entering Tuesday's final round. The Wyoming Cowboys are in 11th place out of 12 teams in the two-day, 54-hole event.

Brunk's opening round 68 put him four-under par. He followed that up with a round of 76 in Monday's afternoon round to finish at even par for the day. As a team, Wyoming opened with a 13-over par round of 301, and followed that up with a 15-over par 303 for a two-round total of 604.

Brunk trails tournament leader Nolan Martin of Colorado State by nine strokes. Colorado State also leads in the team competition by 10 strokes over UTEP -- 564 to 574.

"Matthew (Brunk) played his best golf of the fall on Monday," said Wyoming men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "He shot one of the best rounds of his college career in the morning -- a 68. He is within a couple of strokes of the top five, and is really hitting the ball well.

"No one else really got it going for us today (Monday). Jeff Franks and Jason Aichele both had solid rounds of 75 in the afternoon, but other than Matthew, we didn't have another outstanding round on the first day.

"There are three to four teams that we are within striking distance of if we can put together a strong round on Tuesday."

Two strokes ahead of Wyoming in 10th place is the University of San Diego at 602. Hawaii (594), Nevada (593), Oklahoma Christian (592) and Air Force (591) are all within 13 strokes of the Pokes.

The tournament's third and final round is scheduled to tee off at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Riverdale Dunes Golf Club in Brighton, Colo. The course measures 7,129 yards and plays to a par of 72.

Wyoming Team Results

Cl. Hometown Place and Score

Matthew Brunk Jr. Fort Collins, Colo. Tie 11th 68-76=144 (Even)Jeff Franks Fr. Steamboat Springs, Colo. Tie 50th 78-75=153 (+9)Jason Aichele Sr. Richland, Wash. Tie 50th 78-75=153 (+9)Eric Baily So. Crofton, Neb. Tie 55th 77-78=155 (+11)Niel King So. Gillette, Wyo. 62nd 81-77=158 (+14)

Wyoming Individuals Competing

Cl. Hometown ScoreJonathan Shuss Jr. Scottsdale, Ariz. Tie 55th 78-77=155 (+11)

Team Standings

1. Colorado State 564 (-12)2. UTEP 574 (-2)3. Campbell 576 (Even)4. Utah 577 (+1)5. Denver 578 (+2)6. Air Force 591 (+15)7. Oklahoma Christian 592 (+16)8. Nevada 593 (+17)9. Hawaii 594 (+18)10. San Diego 602 (+26)11. Wyoming 604 (+28)12. Northern Colorado 611 (+35)