October 13, 1998
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men'sgolf team shot a final round 298 to tie for eighth place in a field of 18teams at the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Classic on Tuesday. UWsophomore David Hearn (Brantford, Ontario) had a tremendous tournament,placing third out of 90 golfers with a three-round score of 213 -- threeunder par.
Wyoming ended with a 54-hole total of 904, tying for eighth with theUniversity of Pacific. Oregon State won the team title with a score of 864.After starting slow with a first round 309, Wyoming fought back to shoot asecond round 297, the sixth best score of the round, and a third round 298,the fourth best team score of the round.
"The guys did a good job of coming back this week," said UW men'sgolf coach Roger Prenzlow. "We got off to a slow start in the first round,but really played well as the tournament progressed. David Hearn had anexcellent tournament. Mike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) also had a couple ofsolid rounds, and in the final round, we had a good effort from Reid Lende(Livingston, Mont.) and Kevin Kayden (Fremont, Ohio) in our fourth and fifthspots. Jacob Hunter (Page, Ariz.), shot a good second round on Monday witha 74, but Jacob struggled with his game a little bit today.
"It was imperative we had a strong finish at Nevada, because we faceanother tough field this weekend at Fresno State. The guys proved tothemselves that they can compete with top competition in individual rounds.Now we have to improve our consistency over three rounds to put up the kindof team score we're capable of shooting."
"I'm excited with my finish," said UW sophomore Hearn, who finishedthird. "I was also excited by the way we were able to fight back as a team.I'm glad we have an opportunity to play again this weekend. We reallycompeted the final two rounds. I think today should give us some momentumheading into this weekend at Fresno."
The Nevada Wolf Pack Classic was played at the Lightning W Ranch inWashoe Valley, Nev., on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12 and 13. The courseplayed to a par of 72 and measured 7,241 yards.
Wyoming's next tournament is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17 at theFresno State Lexus Golf Classic.