Oct. 10, 2006
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
Heading into the District VII Preview in Las Vegas, Nevada, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team knew they would need a total team effort to place well in a very competitive regional field. Despite several good individual performances throughout the event, UW finished Tuesday's final round in a tie for 12th place out of 15 schools.
Wyoming's third round score of 290 (+6) gave them a tournament total of 868 (+16), which was good enough to tie Weber State and finish four strokes back of 11th place Air Force. In an event filled with low scores, San Diego State won the team title by 14 strokes at 822 (-30).
"There was a little progress for the team today and I'm proud of them for hanging in there and not giving up," said Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen. "I'm encouraged by some of the things I saw. Even though our number one player (Franks) had a tough day, it was good to see the rest of the team contribute."
In collegiate golf each team plays five golfers and counts the four best scores towards the team total.
UW was led by redshirt senior Niel King, who used a final round of 70 (-1) to bring his event total to 212 (-1). That mark matched his career best tournament score and tied him for 21st place amongst 88 collegiate golfers. During Monday's first round, King shot a 67 (-4), his career low round and UW's season best single round scorecard.
Also posting milestone marks for the Cowboys was freshman Casey Ruff, whose 221 (+8) was a career and season best event total, and freshman Max Curnow, whose closing round of 76 (+5) was his career and season best round.
Wyoming's Jeff Franks, after two good opening rounds, had a rough final day and shot 78 (+7), which placed him in a tie for 52nd.
In addition to their team win, SDSU also won the individual title, after the Aztecs' Aaron Goldberg beat Boise State's Troy Merritt in a playoff. Each golfer finished the three rounds with a total of 201 (-12).
The 54-hole event was played at Angel Park Las Vegas Golf Course and hosted by the University of Hawaii. Angel Park measures 6,722 yards and plays to a par of 71. The tournament brings together the majority of teams from the NCAA's District VII region and puts them in head-to-head competition early in the year to see how schools match up. The top six teams from District VII anually go on to the NCAA Championship.
The Cowboys will have nearly two weeks before their next tournament, the SDSU Barona Classic, Oct. 23-24 in San Diego, Calif.