Growing Pains for Cowboy Golf at the Wolf Pack Classic

Oct. 2, 2006

RENO, Nev. -

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The University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team struggled through 36 holes with an inexperienced squad on Monday at the Nevada Wolf Pack Classic in Reno, Nev. UW recorded scores of 317 (+29) and 304 (+16), which placed them at the back of the field with little hope of gaining ground.

The Cowboys traveled a line up to Reno featuring five players that did not play for the Pokes last season. UW is struggling this season after losing four players to graduation last spring and with sophomore Corey Steger ineligible for the fall semester. Wyoming also took a huge hit this past week when senior stroke average leader Jeff Franks suffered a cut that required stitches on his left hand and is out indefinitely.

18 mainly regional teams are competing in Reno, including MWC schools; Air Force, CSU, Utah and Wyoming. The Utes are leading the event with a two round total of 562 (-14). Iowa State (564) is in second place, followed by Boise State (569) and Denver (570). Nevada (572), the defending champion of their own tournament, is in fifth.

With identical rounds of 66 (-6), Utah's Dustin Pimm is atop the individual leader board of 100 participants at 132 (-12). Three strokes back is Boise State's Nick Travers (135).

"We're going to keep clawing and scratching," said Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen. "I've said it before, that this is a great experience for the young kids, but we need to start seeing some results. The talent is there, but we are struggling with the mental mistakes. I'm disappointed with the output from our older players.

"This is a different year than what we came off of last spring, and right now we're really missing our top two players (Franks and Steger). In the long run the kids will benefit from this and we're going to just continue getting experience, learning and growing, as painful as it is right now."

Low rounds of 75 (+3) were counted towards the team score in the second round for UW by redshirt senior Niel King, junior transfer Zac Fisher and freshman Brandon McCoy. Cowboy freshman Casey Ruff recorded a 76 (+4) in the first round.

The 54-hole event is being played at the Wolf Run Golf Club, par 72 and measuring 7,100 yards. A closing round of 18 holes will be played Tuesday morning.