Oct. 5, 2008
PALM DESERT, Calif. -
During the final round of the inaugural University of Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, the Cowboy golf team improved 14 strokes on Sunday at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. The Cowboys shot a third round team score of 302, which is 14 strokes better than their best round on Saturday. The Cowboys finished the tournament with a three-round total of 936 (+72) and placed 17th.
"I am very happy with the way this inaugural event went," said UW director of golf Joe Jensen. "This was a very successful college tournament as it featured a strong field, a great course and some exciting golf. I can't thank everyone who was involved enough. A big thank you goes out to the Classic Club and their staff, our great sponsors Cleveland Golf and Mix 1 energy drink as well as to the participating schools."
Colorado State took home the first championship trophy, finishing with a three round total of 877 (+13). Idaho came away with second place honors with a score of 884 (+20) and Oregon State placed third with a total of 893 (+29).
Individually, Denver's Daniel Wax won the tournament by way of a scorecard playoff. Wax, as well as Washington State's Kevin Tucker, shot a three round total of 213 (-3). Wax won the tournament by shooting a better final round score than Tucker. Utah Valley University's Nick Nelson finished third in the event with a score of 215 (-1).
Individually for Wyoming, sophomores Zach Zaremba and Phil Henzlik matched one another for the best tournament by a Cowboy. Each finished with three round totals of 232 (+16) and tied for 50th place in the field. Fellow sophomore Aaron Johnson finished just one stroke shy of Zaremba and Henzlik with a three round total of 233 (+17). Johnson tied for 56th place.
"This wasn't the greatest tournament for our team but I am happy that we came back and were 14 strokes better today," said Jensen. "Consistency has been our Achilles heel all season and this tournament was no different. We have the ability to compete in strong fields like this tournament but we must string good rounds together and not just play well every other day. We need to learn and improve with each round if we want to start finishing where we are capable of."
The Cowboy golf team will take next weekend off before returning to action on Monday and Tuesday, October 20-21. That week, they will compete in the San Diego State Sycuan Invitational in San Diego, Calif. The Sycuan will mark the final tournament of the fall season for the Cowboy golf team.