Cowboys Finish Sycuan Invite In Spite of Wildfires

Oct. 23, 2007

EL CAJON, Calif. -

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The Wyoming Cowboy golf team finished one of the most surreal events they may ever play on Tuesday at the Sycuan Collegiate Invitational in El Cajon, Calif. In spite of wildfires in the area and evacuations in San Diego County, 17 college golf teams were able to complete the final round of the 54-hole event hosted by San Diego State.

The Cowboys shot their best round of the event on the last day, a mark of 305 (+17), but still dropped one spot in the standings. UW's three-round total of 927 (+63) tied them for 15th place with Army.

Wyoming recorded scores of 312 (+24) and 310 (+22) during Monday's rounds.

For the second straight day, wildfires pushed by strong winds, burned the hillside ten miles from the event, being played at Willow Glen Course at Sycuan Resort.

"The conditions were just awful for golf over the last two days," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "This was quite the experience, especially for a team like ours that is so young.

"We improved over the final round as a team, but had some hiccups today and were a little inconsistent. These five freshmen know that they can compete, but they just need to learn how to do it for a full round and then a full tournament. We're close, but it would be nice to put our names ahead of some of our rival MWC schools and teams like Hawaii and Washington State, who we finished just behind."

Wichita State won both the team and individual titles by rallying during the final round. The #31 Shockers totaled 884 (+20), six strokes ahead of the #24 Aztecs, who led after two rounds. WSU's Ryan Spears, ranked 34th nationally, shot a final round 67 (-5) and totaled 215 (-1) for medalist honors.

Cowboy freshman Mike May turned in a team-best scorecard of 74 (+2) on the final day. His 54-hole total was 230 (+14), good enough to tie for 43rd place out of 100 participants.

UW's Gabe Maier scored 232 (+16) for the event, placing him in a tie for 49th. Wyoming's Zach Zaremba recorded an eagle on the 17th hole, helping him to a final round of 75 (+3). Cowboys Aaron Johnson and Phil Henzlik shot 77 and 80 respectively on Tuesday.

The next and final competition of the fall for the Cowboys will be Nov. 5-7 at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate in Kahuku, Hawaii.