Cowboy Golfers Tied for Sixth After First Day of Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate in Denver

Oct. 1, 2001


Wyoming senior Mike Urbatchka posted a two-under par total of 142 after the first two rounds of theRocky Mountain Intercollegiate in Denver on Monday, and enters Tuesday's final round tied for eighth place in the field of 78 men's golfers.

Wyoming also had two other individuals in the Top 25 after the first 36 holes. Sophomore Mike Mezei and junior Kurt Kowaluk bothshot four-over par totals of 148 to tie with five other individuals for 25th, with one round left to play on Tuesday. Wyoming's first day teamscore of 587 tied them with Cincinnati and Campbell University for sixth place.

Berry Henson of the University of San Diego and Erik Billinger of the University of Denver lead the individual field with six-under partotals of 138. Host Denver leads in the team competition at 565.

"The guys did a nice job in the afternoon, shooting a one-over par round of 289," said UW head men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow."Mike Urbatchka played solid all day. Matt Brunk had a nice round in the afternoon to also give us a boost.

"We just all need to stay focused in the final round tomorrow, and I think things will come together nicely for us."

Wyoming's 289 in the afternoon round on Monday was the fourth best in the field of 15 collegiate golf teams.

The tournament is being played at the Riverdale Dunes Golf Course in Brighton, Colo.. The course measures 7,067 yards and plays to apar of 72. The 54-hole tournament will conclude on Tuesday with the final 18-hole round.

Wyoming Individual Results

Mike Urbatchka Sr. Sheridan Wyo. Tie 8th 72-70=142 (-2)Mike Mezei So. Lethbridge, Alberta Tie 25th 75-73=148 (+4)Kurt Kowaluk Jr. Lively, Ontario Tie 25th 75-73=148 (+4)Jonathan Shuss Fr. Scottsdale, Ariz. Tie 49th 76-76=152 (+8)Matthew Brunk Fr. Fort Collins, Colo. Tie 57th 81-73=154 (+10)

Wyoming Players Competing as Individuals

Derek Pirkl Fr. Stoughton, Wis. Tie 69th 80-78=158 (+14)

Final Team Standings

1. Denver 5652. San Diego 5793. Wichita State 5804. Oral Roberts 5855. Drake 5866. Wyoming 587 Cincinnati 587 Campbell 5879. Weber State 59110. Tennessee-Chattanooga 59611. Nebraska 60012. Southern Utah 60413. Portland State 60614. Utah State 61415. Idaho State 620