Wyoming Golf Has Ground to Make Up After Opening Day of New Mexico Tucker Intercollegiate

Oct. 1, 2010


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On Friday, the University of Wyoming men's golf team opened play at the 56th annual University of New Mexico William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M. The Cowboys were off to a solid start through the first round, but things turned in the second and the Cowboys will enter Saturday's final round in a bit of a hole.

The Cowboys are currently in 15th place in the team standings with a two-round score of 618 (+42). They posted a 299 (+11) in the first round, but carded a season-high 319 (+31) during the season round. The Pokes were especially hurt by a scorecard disqualification that ended up costing the team 11 strokes. Sophomore Clinton Boutelle shot a 73 (+1) in the second round but accidentally signed an inaccurate scorecard and had that score disqualified.

Despite the rough start for the team, Cowboy senior Gabe Maier had a solid start individually and is currently in a tie for 23rd place. He carded rounds of 75 (+3) and 73 (+1) for a two-round score of 148 (+4).

"We were in pretty good shape through the first round, but things snowballed on us in the second," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "We played poorly during the second round and that was compounded by an unfortunate scorecard disqualification on Clinton.

"To say the least, the fall hasn't gone the way we were hoping it would. However, we aren't giving up and this adversity will make us stronger. We're going to come out and play hard tomorrow and get this thing turned around."

New Mexico leads the event with a team score of 576 (E). San Jose State's Mark Hubbard leads the individual field with a two-round score of 139 (-5).

This season, the Tucker Intercollegiate features five of the top-ranked teams in the country according to GolfStat--No. 1 Pepperdine, No. 7 San Diego State, No. 10 North Texas, No. 24 Baylor and No. 41 New Mexico.

North Texas took the tournament lead into the clubhouse after the first and second rounds with a combined score of 576 (-7). Host New Mexico is in second place (580, +4) and Pepperdine is in third (582, +6).

Individually, Pepperdine's Andrew Putnam holds the tournament lead with a two-round score of 134 (-10). North Texas' Carlos Ortiz is in second place (137, -7) and San Diego State's Alex Kang is in third place (140, -4). Putnam is currently the second ranked player in the country by GolfStat and Kang is No. 18.

The Tucker is being played at University of New Mexico Championship Course, which measures 7,566 yards and plays to a par of 72. It is one of the most prestigious in-season collegiate tournaments in the nation. It is the second oldest event in the nation.

The tournament will conclude on Saturday with a final round of 18 holes. The field will begin play at 7:45 a.m. with a shotgun start.