Wyoming Cowboy Golf in Sixth of 16 at NMSU Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate

Oct. 31, 2005

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -

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After a layoff of over a month from competition, the University of Wyoming men's golf team continued their fall season on Monday with the first 36 holes of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, hosted by New Mexico State University. The Cowboys shot rounds of 296 (+8) and 289 (+1) and are tied for sixth place in the 16-team field with the final 18 holes to be played Tuesday morning.

Texas-Arlington and Idaho are tied for the team lead at three under par, two shots ahead of Xavier. Weber State is at +4 and NMSU at +7. Wyoming and Texas "Orange" are tied at +9, followed by Arizona (+10), the other New Mexico State entry (+11), Northern Colorado (+12), Utah (+13), Miami Ohio (+14), New Mexico (+19), Southern Utah and Western New Mexico (+21) and Air Force (+30).

Utah's Chris Gresh and Idaho's Dylan Hill share the individual lead after two rounds at five under par with UT-Arlington's Zack Reeves one shot back.

With the best two opening rounds of his young career, UW freshman Corey Steger led the Cowboys and is tied for 12th place of 80 golfers. Steger started with a round of 74 (+2) and then followed that up with his low collegiate mark of 70 (-2). Wyoming also received solid Day One performances from senior Eric Baily and junior Jeff Franks who swapped rounds of 71 (-1) and 74 (+2), placing them in a tie for 19th.

"As with all our tournaments, we come in wanting to win," said head UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "So I am somewhat disappointed even though we are tied for sixth.

"We had some late bogies that cost us. We've got to finish off our rounds tomorrow. Everyone needs to step up and we need to play solid from top to bottom. We will come out fighting in the final round."

Wyoming redshirt senior Matthew Brunk totaled 151 (+7) and is tied for 58th, while senior Dan Silva shot 154 (+10).

The 54-hole Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate is being played at the New Mexico State University course, which plays 7,074 yards and has a par of 72.