Oct. 1, 2011
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team completed action at the William H. Tucker-New Mexico Invitational finishing in 13th place of the 16-team field. The Cowboys shot a final round 305 (+17) to finish with a final score of 914 (+50). Eddie Stewart was the highest finisher for the Cowboys in a tie for 18th place of the 100-man field. Stewart shot a final round 75 (+3) to finish with a final score of 222 (+6).
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 dug ourselves such a huge hole yesterday that we were playing catch up all tournament," Wyoming director of golf Joe Jensen said. "The golf course was playing very tough this weekend. This was a really good learning experience for us and it will motivate us to play really hard in Reno."
Wyoming golf shot a final round 305 (+17) to finish them in 13th place. Stewart fired a third round 75 (+3) to finish with a final total of 222 (+6) and tied him in 18th place. Senior Michael May shot the best final round for UW shooting an even-par 72 to finish with a final total of 229 (+13) tying him for 55th place. After shooting a final round 79 (+7), Clinton Boutelle finished in a tie for 78th place with a score of 237 (+21). Casey Ruff and Eric Parish finished the tournament in a tie for 89th place with a final score of 242 (+26). Ruff shot a final round 79 (+7) and Parish fired a third round 87 (+15). Playing as an individual for the Pokes was Jake Hedge who shot a third round 76 (+4) to finish in a tie for 62nd place with a final score of 231 (+15).
"I was proud of how Michael played today," Jensen added. "His (May's) round was a solid college round on a very difficult golf course. I am very proud of how he battled today. Eddie also played solid for us this weekend."
Taking home the team title was UNLV with a final total of 867 (+3). New Mexico finished in second with a final team score of 871 (+7), while fellow Mountain West school San Diego State finished third with a three round total of 883 (+19). Arizona and North Texas rounded out the top five, tying for fourth with a final total of 885 (+21).
Winning the individual championship at the William H. Tucker Invite was BYU's Zachary Blair who finished the tournament with a total score of 209 (-7). New Mexico's James Erkenbeck finished the tournament in second place with a final score of 213 (-3). Tying for third place was UNLV's Derek Ernst and NorthTexas' Carlos Ortiz who finished with a three round total of 215 (-1). UNLV's Kevin Penner and Arizona's Eric Oja rounded out the top five tying for fifth with a total score of 216 (E).
The Cowboys will have a short time off before traveling to Lake Tahoe, Nev. on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3-4 to take part in the Nevada Wolf Pack Classic.
"We are going to play hard in Reno and see if we can't finish the fall in a good rhythm," Jensen said. "I know our kids will work really hard this next week and play well."