Progress for Cowboy Golf at the District VII Preview

Oct. 9, 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

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The University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team played competitive golf in the first two rounds on Monday at the District VII Preview in Las Vegas, Nevada. After recent tournaments had seen UW at the very back of the pack, the Cowboys today recorded team rounds of 287 (+3) and 291 (+7). Wyoming, 578, is tied with Air Force for 12th of 15 schools, but within a couple strokes of several of teams.

"Our goal this event was simply to play better than we had been and today we did play a little more consistent," said Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen. "We'll feel good when we see where we finish tomorrow. This team needs to play like we're capable of playing, then we'll evaluate where we're at. I saw some good things today, but we've seen good things all year and then followed up with train wrecks. I'm hoping to see some consistency tomorrow.

"I appreciate the effort Jeff (Franks) gave today. He's playing at 70-80 percent, but stayed with his game plan and has helped us hang with a competitive field that we haven't had much success against this fall."

Franks, only two weeks removed from suffering a deep cut that required stitches on his left hand, returned to the UW lineup after missing one tournament and led the `Pokes with his play. The Cowboy senior carded scores of 71 (E) and 69 (-2), and is tied for 16th in the field of 88 golfers.

Wyoming redshirt senior Niel King had a sensational first round score of 67 (-4) and is tied for 25th.

San Diego State is leading the team standings at 550 (-18) by ten strokes over Colorado State. Boise State's Troy Merritt is atop the individual leader board at 131 (-11).

The event, being played at Angel Park Las Vegas Golf Course, is hosted by the University of Hawaii. Angel Park measures 6,722 yards and plays to a par of 71.One final round of 18 holes will be played Tuesday morning.