Sept. 30, 2011
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team had an up and down first day at the William H. Tucker-New Mexico Invitational. The Pokes shot a first round 311 (+23) and a second round 298 (+10) to give them a two-round total of 609 (+33) which gave them 13th place of the 16 team field. Redshirt freshman Eddie Stewart finished the highest for UW shooting a two round total of 147 (+3) finishing him in a tie for 14th place of the 100-man field.
The William H. Tucker Invitational is being played at the University of New Mexico Championship Course with a total yardage of 7,562 and plays a par 72.
"We got off to a horrendous start today," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "We dug ourselves into a huge hole, but I think we are going to battle hard tomorrow and try and move up the leaderboard. This course is probably the toughest we have played on so far this fall. I think they grew out the rough and the greens are playing very fast this weekend."
In today's first round the Cowboys shot a team total of 311 (+30) which put them in 15th place. Stewart fired the best first round for the Cowboys shooting a three-over 75. Stewart's 75 (+3) tied him for 27th place. Senior Casey Ruff shot a first round 77 (+5) which tied him for 54th place. Fellow senior Michael May finished one stroke behind Ruff shooting a 78 (+6) tying him for 63rd place. Eric Parish shot a first round 81 (+9) which tied him for 85th place. Junior Clinton Boutelle struggled in the first round shooting a season worst round of 85 (+13) which gave him 94th place. Playing as an individual for the Cowboys, Jake Hedge shot a first round 75 (+3) tying him for 27th place.
After a tough first round the Cowboys rebounded in the second round shooting a team score of 298 (+10). Stewart again had the best round shooting an even-par 72, giving him a total of 147 (+3) which tied him for 14th place. Parish shot a second round 74 (+2) which tied him for 68th place with a total score of 155 (+11). May fired a second round 79 (+7) tying him for 79th place with a two round score of 157 (+13). Boutelle rebounded well from his first round shooting the second best round of the day for UW. He shot a second round 73 (+1) which gave him a two round score of 158 (+14) and tied him for 81st place. Ruff struggled in the second round shooting an 86 (+14) giving him a total of 163 (+19) and tying him for 92nd place. Hedge finished the day in a tie for 68th place with a score of 155 (+11) after shooting an eight-over 80 in the second round.
"We are really going to try and build off our second round," Jensen added. "I am really proud of how our guys battled back and played better in the second round."
Leading the team scores is UNLV with a total of 580 (+4). Trailing the Rebels are; New Mexico in second with a score of 581 (+5), Arizona in third with a team score of 586 (+10), San Diego State in fourth with a two round total of 587 (+11) and North Texas rounds out the top five with a score of 588 (+12).
BYU's Zachary Blair is atop the individual leaderboard with a two round score of 139 (-5). New Mexico's James Erkenbeck sits in second place with a score of 140 (-4). UNLV's Derek Ernst and Air Force's Kyle Westmoreland are tied for third with a score of 142 (-2). North Texas' Carlos Ortiz rounds out the top five with a two round score of 143 (-1).
The Cowboys will play the final round of the William H. Tucker Invitational on Saturday with a shotgun start set for 7 a.m. MT.