Oct. 5, 2009
PALM DESERT, Calif. -
Cowboy junior Gabe Maier is currently in first place after the opening two rounds of the second annual University of Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. The Cowboys' fall tournament, which is being played at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif., will conclude Tuesday with a final round of 18 holes.
Maier, a Cody, Wyo. native, had two very good rounds on Monday as the 92-player field played a total of 36 holes. Maier shot a two-under par 70 in the first round and matched his career best with a four-under par 68 in the second round. His two-round total of 138 (-6) is one stroke better than anyone else in the field.
"Gabe had a very nice day today," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "He is playing very solid golf right now and we are excited about the things he is doing out there. It is exciting to have him leading our own tournament, and hopefully he can finish with a solid round tomorrow."
Fellow Cowboy junior Zach Zaremba also had a nice opening day. Zaremba shot rounds of 73 (+1) and 72 (E) and is currently tied for 13th place with a total of 145 (+1). Redshirt freshman Clinton Boutelle was the third best Cowboy on Monday and is tied for 35th place with a two-round scorecard of 149 (+5).
As a team, the Cowboys fired an opening round 298 (+10) and a second round 291 (+3). They are tied with Denver for fifth place with a two-round score of 589 (+13).
"We played much better in the second round and are in position to moved up with a good round tomorrow. We are only five strokes away from the top-three, and it is our goal to finish there," Jensen added.
Santa Clara leads the tournament's team standings with a two-round scorecard of 572 (-4). Cal State Northridge is currently in second place (574, -2) and Long Beach State is in third place (584, +8).
Behind Maier in the individual standings are Cal State Northridge's Nick Delio and Davis Kirkland, who are tied for second place with a two-round total of 139 (-5).
"It was a beautiful day in the desert and we couldn't be happier with the way the tournament has gone thus far. There are some very good teams and players here, and it was fun to watch them compete today. It will be exciting to see how the final round concludes tomorrow," finished Jensen.
The Classic Club, which hosted the PGA's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 2006, `07 and `08, plays to a par of 72 and measures 7,305 yards in length.
A final round of 18 holes will be played on Tuesday, beginning with a 7:45 a.m. (Pacific Time) shotgun start. The Cowboys will be paired with Denver, Utah and Southern Utah.