Oct. 3, 2011
LAKE TAHOE, Nev. - The Wyoming Cowboy golf team played the first two rounds of the Nevada Wolf Pack Classic in tough conditions and sit in seventh place of the 14 team field. The Cowboys shot a first round 297 (+9) and a second round 302 (+14) to finish with a score of 599 (+23). Redshirt freshman Jake Hedge had the best day for the Cowboys from the individual spot shooting a 69 (-3) and 75 (+3) to finish with a final score of 144 (E) tying him for first place of the 80-man field.
"The weather today was horrific, but I was pretty happy with how our guys battled through it," Cowboy golf head coach Joe Jensen said. "We finished very poorly today, but I think we are getting closer. I think Jake's scores today really show the depth we have one through six."
The Cowboys battled tough conditions playing well in the first round shooting a 297 (+9) which put them in a tie for fourth place. Hedge shot a career best round of 69 (-3) in the first round which tied him for second place. Eric Parish shot an even-par 72 in the first round which tied him for sixth place. Junior Clinton Boutelle shot a first round 74 (+2) tying him for 16th place. Casey Ruff finished the first round in a tie for 27th place shooting three-over 75. Fellow senior Michael May shot a first round 76 (+4) tying him for 37th place. Eddie Stewart finished the first round in a tie for 43rd place shooting a 77 (+5).
In the second round the Cowboys finished four strokes out of third place in seventh shooting a 14-over 302. According to Jensen, a few mental mistakes were the difference between them finishing the day in the top three of the tournament. Boutelle was even par through 17 holes before finishing the day with a double-bogey on the 18th hole. He finished the day in a tie for 12th place after shooting a second round 74 (+2) to finish with a two round score of 148 (+4). According to Jensen, Ruff also finished the day with a double-bogey shooting a second round 77 (+5) to finish the day in a tie for 36th place with a final total of 152 (+8). Stewart shot a second round 74 (+2) to in a tie for 26th place with a two-round score of 151 (+7). Parish also finished in a tie for 26th place after shooting a final round 79 (+7). May completed his day with a second round 77 (+5) which gave him a final total of 153 (+9) tying him for 41st place. Hedge continued his excellent play on the day shooting a second round 75 (+3) which tied him atop the leaderboard.
"I was really happy with how Jake played today," Jensen said. "We had a couple mental mistakes that really hurt our overall scores. Those mistakes were the difference between us finishing the day in seventh as compared to third. I told the guys that we need to let the teams beat you and not beat ourselves."
Tying at the top of the individual leaderboard after shooting a 144 (E) were Sacramento State's Jordan Weir, Nevada's Gustavo Chuang and the Cowboys Hedge. San Jose State's Jay Mayers, Loyola Marymount's Bryan Bergan and Denver's Ole Ramsnes tied in fourth place after shooting a two round score of 145 (+1). Tying for seventh place with a two round tally of 146 (+2) was San Diego's Alex Ching, UC-Santa Barbara's Russell Boring and Nevada's Brian Knoll. Rounding out the top ten were Nevada's Kevin Lucas and San Jose State's Daniel Semmler with a two round score of 147 (+3).
As a team Nevada leads the scoring with a two round score of 585 (+9). Places two through eighth are bunched up with the difference being 14 strokes. In second place is Loyola Marymount with a score of 592 (+16). Places three through seven are within four strokes of each other. San Jose State sits in third with a team score of 595 (+19), Sacramento State is in fourth with a score of 596 (+20), Denver in fifth with a score of 597 (+21), UC-Santa Barbara sits in sixth with a final tally of 598 (+22), and the Cowboys are one stroke behind in seventh with a score of 599 (+23). Rounding out the top ten in a tie for eighth are San Diego, St. Mary's, Santa Clara and Fresno with a two-round score of 606 (+30).
The Wolf Pack Classic is being played at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Nevada which is a par 72 and measures 7,445 yards.
The Cowboys will finish the Nevada Wolf Pack Classic on Tuesday with 18 holes beginning at 8:30 a.m. MT.
"We are going to go out and chase it tomorrow," Jensen added. "We are going to give great effort tomorrow and see if we can't catch the teams ahead of us."