Cowboy Golfers Capture Third at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate in Denver

Oct. 3, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowboy golf team shot the low round of the day on Tuesday at the Rocky MountainIntercollegiate in Denver, and tied for third place in the 15-team field with Oral Roberts University. UW fired a final round of 290, improving its 54-hole total to 877 -- 13-over par.

All five Cowboy golfers shot rounds in the seventies, led by sophomore Mike Mezei, who finished with a final round 70 -- two-under parfor the day. Senior Mike Urbatchka was the top finisher for UW capturing ninth place with a 54-hole total of 215 -- one-under par. Mezei tiedfor 13th at two-over par 218 for the three rounds, and junior Kurt Kowaluk also notched a Top 25 finish, tying for 17th at 220 -- four-over par.

"This group really showed me something today," said UW men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "Everyone on the team stepped up in acritical round and accepted the challenge. We were under par as a team for much of the final round, and ended up just two-over for the round.We shot the low round of the day on Tuesday, and that pushed us up into a tie for third.

"Mike Urbatchka played great golf from start to finish over the two days. Mike Mezei also had an outstanding tournament, and KurtKowaluk improved every round. Those are our three key guys. If they can continue to play like they did in this tournament, and we can getthe younger guys more comfortable, we can be a pretty good golf team."

Miguel Griego of Oral Roberts shot a final round 67 to capture the individual title. He finished with a three-round total of 10-under par206. Denver won the team championship with a five-under par total of 859.

The tournament was played at the Riverdale Dunes Golf Course in Brighton, Colo.. The course measured 7,067 yards and played to a parof 72.

Wyoming Individual Results

Mike Urbatchka Sr. Sheridan Wyo. 9th 72-70-73=215 (-1)Mike Mezei So. Lethbridge, Alberta Tie 13th 75-73-70=218 (+2)Kurt Kowaluk Jr. Lively, Ontario Tie 17th 75-73-72=220 (+4)Jonathan Shuss Fr. Scottsdale, Ariz. Tie 45th 76-76-75=227 (+11)Matthew Brunk Fr. Fort Collins, Colo. Tie 65th 81-73-79=233 (+17)

Wyoming Players Competing as Individuals

Derek Pirkl Fr. Stoughton, Wis. 75th 80-78-83=241 (+25)

Final Team Standings

1. Denver 859 (+5)2. Wichita State 875 (+11)3. Wyoming 877 (+13) Oral Roberts 877 (+13)5. San Diego 879 (+15)6. Campbell 884 (+20)7. Cincinnati 886 (+22)8. Drake 887 (+23)9. Tennessee-Chattanooga 893 (+29)10. Nebraska 895 (+31)11. Weber State 900 (+36)12. Southern Utah 905 (+41)13. Portland State 908 (+44)14. Utah State 924 (+60)15. Idaho State 939 (+75)