Oct. 23, 2009
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
After a poor start, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team rebounded nicely and climbed five places on the leaderboard as they closed out the Long Beach State Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic on Friday. The Cowboys ended up finishing 10th in their final tournament of the 2009 fall season.
"At the end of yesterday's first round we were 18 over par. Then we pulled it together and played the second round at +4 and the third round at +3," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "While it was a discouraging start, we are encouraged by the way we rebounded to play solid golf through the remainder of the tournament. It really comes down to a poor first nine holes and after that we played much better. The last two rounds are the type of golf we are capable of playing, it is just unfortunate we didn't play that way throughout the entire tournament."
During Thursday's tough opening round, the Cowboys shot a team score of 368 (+18). Friday morning, they closed out the second round with a team score of 354 (+4). The Pokes then played Friday's third round to a score of 353 (+3). That total score of 1075 (+25) put the Cowboys in tenth place in the 16-team field.
Junior Zach Zaremba led the way for the Cowboys on the individual side of things. Zaremba shot rounds of 71 (+1), 70 (E) and 68 (-2) to finish with a three-round scorecard of 209 (-1). That placed Zaremba in a tie for 21st place.
Redshirt freshman Clinton Boutelle had the best scoring tournament of his young career and finished with a three round total of 214 (+4). Boutelle tied for 38th in the 98-man field.
Colorado State came away with their third consecutive Del Walker team championship by shooting a three-round total of 1030 (-20).
Long Beach State's Michael Drake won the tournament (199, -11), while CSU's Riley Arp and Santa Clara's Scott Travers tied for second (201, -9).
The tournament was played at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, Calif. The course measures 6,633 yards and plays to a par of 70. It features a unique scoring system as each team plays with six players and scores the top five.
The Cowboys will not return to action until they open the spring season March 11-12, 2010. They will open the spring in Bandon, Ore. at the Bandon Dunes Championship.