Oct. 4, 2008
PALM DESERT, Calif. -
The opening day of the inaugural University of Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate featured some very tough, windy conditions and some higher scores as the field battled through 36 holes at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
The Classic Club, the host site of the PGA's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, yielded only nine under-par rounds out of the 200 rounds played.
After the opening day, the Cowboys are currently in 18th place after shooting rounds of 318 and 316, a two-round total of 634 (+58).
"Everything went well today with the exception of how we played," said UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen. "This tournament has a great field, and I can't say enough about this PGA Tour caliber course. The Classic Club has been very accommodating and we are looking forward to building a long term relationship with them."
Leading the Cowboys on Saturday was sophomore Zach Zaremba. Zaremba shot rounds of 76 and 79 for a two-round total of 155 (+11). He is currently tied for 47th place. Sophomore Phil Henzlik was the Cowboys second best finisher with a two round, 13-over par, total of 157 (82+75). Redshirt sophomore Max Curnow, who is playing as an individual, also shot a 157 (76+81) on the day.
"We have showed that we can be a competitive team by how we played last week but today our tournament inconsistency was very evident," added Jensen. "Last week, we play well in a very competitive field at New Mexico. Then today, we come here to a very difficult course and our lack of maturity, leadership and presence really showed. We played like a young, inexperienced team today and we just have to get through that."
Colorado State leads the tournament after the opening two rounds by shooting rounds of 298 and 292 for a total of 590 (+14). Oregon State is currently in second place with a total of 593 (+17) and UC Santa Barbara is in third with a total of 596 (+20).
Individually, Washington State's Kevin Tucker leads the tournament with a two round total of 141 (-3). Nick Nelson of Utah Valley University is in second place (144, E) and Denver's Daniel Wax is in third place (145, +1).
The Classic Club, a Troon Golf Property, measures in at 7,305 yards and plays to a par of 72. The Classic Club was established in 2005 and since then has received numerous national awards such as "America's Best Courses, No. 7 in California" by GolfWeek in 2008, "Top Five New Public Courses in America" by Golf Digest in 2006, "Top Ten New Public Course" by GolfWeek and Best Course Conditions in Southern California" by Greenskeeper.org in 2008.
The UW Desert Intercollegiate will conclude on Sunday with a single round of 18-holes. The day will begin with a 7:45 a.m. shotgun start.