Oct. 2, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
A disappointing weekend came to an end on Saturday for the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team at the 56th annual University of New Mexico William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M.
Despite a rough finish team finish for the Cowboys, senior Gabe Maier continued a very strong fall season. The Cody, Wyo. native tied for 18th place in the 88-man event by carding a three-round scorecard of 222 (+6). Maier jumped from a tie for 23rd place after the first two rounds to his 18th place finish by shooting a 74 (+2) on Saturday. With this finish, Maier has now finished in the top 25 of 21 career events. That includes a streak of 14 of UW's last 16 events.
As a team, the Cowboys finished in a tie for 14th place with a three-round score of 930 (+66). The Pokes tied with UW's football opponent for the night, the Toledo Rockets. Wyoming shot a 312 (+24) during Saturday's final round.
"A top-20 finish in a tournament like this is just another example of the high caliber player that Gabe is," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "He was very solid throughout this event and we are all proud of him. The biggest thing to me is that he is performing at this high level on such a consistent basis.
"There is no doubt that we are disappointed about how we finished as a team," Jensen said. "We were in pretty good shape until the last 10 minutes of yesterday's second round. I calculated that we lost 15 strokes during that time period between the disqualification and one quadruple boogey. We then compounded that with a poor round today. There is no doubt we are underperforming as a team right now. However, we are not giving up and are shifting our focus to closing out the fall with a good couple of days at the Nevada Wolf Pack Invite this Monday and Tuesday."
No. 7 San Diego State jumped to first place in the final team standings, finishing with a three-round score of 874 (+10). No. 10 North Texas finished second (875, +11) and No. 41 New Mexico finished third (876, +12).
Individually, Pepperdine's Andrew Putnam, New Mexico State's Joon Heui Lee and North Texas' Carlos Ortiz tied for medalist honors. Each finished at 4-under par for the tournament.
The Tucker was played at the 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 and is the second oldest event in the nation.
The Cowboys will have the opportunity to return to action right away, as they are immediately flying to their next event. They will play in the Nevada Wolf Pack Invite this coming Monday and Tuesday in Lake Tahoe, Nev.