Wyoming in Tenth at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate

Sept. 30, 2002


It was two very different rounds on the first day of the University of Denver Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate on Monday. In the opening round of the day, high winds led to high scores. The team scores ranged from a low round of 292 by host Denver to a high round of 320 by the University of Portland. In the second round, the winds dropped and so did the scores -- ranging from a low round of 280 by Oregon State and a high of 295 by Portland. The Wyoming Cowboys fired rounds of 299 and 293 for a 592 total, placing them in a tie for 10th with Air Force heading into Tuesday's final round.

The good news for the Cowboys is that they are only seven shots out of fifth place. North Carolina-Wilmington leads the team competition with an even-par total of 576 -- one stroke better than host Denver and Oregon State at 577. Individually, UW's Kurt Kowaluk and Jonathan Shuss are tied for 21st out of 78 individuals, with two-over par totals of 146. Derek Brown of UNC-Wilmington leads with a four-under par score of 140 -- only six shots better than Kowaluk and Shuss.

"The first day saw a really tightly-bunched field, with only seven shots separating fifth through 10th places" said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "It will come down to which teams play well in the final round on Tuesday. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be cooler, so it may present different playing conditions.

"Kurt (Kowaluk) shot a nice opening round with a 72, and followed that up with a 74. He continues to play very consistently. Jonathan Shuss fired his best round of the fall with a 71 in the afternoon, and Dan Silva, a transfer to our program, shot a 69 in the afternoon, playing as an individual.

"Our younger players are slowly improving. It's good to see them begin to develop.

"We didn't play a great round today, but we played well enough to be in contention for a nice finish."

Silva, a transfer from Truman University, and Eric Baily are playing as individuals for the Pokes. Both are tied for 31st at 148, four-over par.

The 54-hole event is being played at the Riverdale Dunes Gold Course in Brighton, Colo. The course measures 7,067 yards and plays to a par of 72.

The tournament will conclude with a final 18-hole round scheduled to tee off Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m.

Wyoming Results    Class Score  Place

Kurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) Sr. 72-74=146 (+2) Tie 21stJonathan Shuss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) So. 75-71=146 (+2) Tie 21stJason Aichele (Richland, Wash.) Jr. 76-73=149 (+5) Tie 39thNiel King (Gillette, Wyo.) Fr. 76-75=151 (+7) Tie 50thMatthew Brunk (Fort Collins, Colo.) So. 79-75=154 (+10) Tie 60th

Wyoming Players Competing as Individuals

Eric Baily (Crofton, Neb.) RFr. 73-75=148 (+4) Tie 31stDan Silva (Littleton, Colo.) So. 79-69=148 (+4) Tie 31st

Team Standings

1. UNC-Wilmington576 (Even)2.Denver 577 (+1)Oregon State577 (+1)4.UTEP580 (+4)5.Weber State585 (+9)6.Nevada587 (+11)7.Utah588 (+12)Campbell University588 (+12)9.San Diego591 (+15)10.Wyoming592 (+16)Air Force592 (+16)12.UC-Riverside596 (+20)13.Utah State603 (+27)14.Portland615 (+39)