Cowboys Finish Sixth at NMSU Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate

Nov. 1, 2005

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. -

The University of Wyoming men's golf team concluded play on Tuesday at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in the same position they began the day in, sixth place in the 16-team field. The Cowboys carded a total of 291 (+3) during the final 18 holes, after rounds of 296 (+8) and 289 (+1) on Monday.

Xavier University shot a tournament best round of 278 (-10) to win the team title by ten strokes over Day One leader UT-Arlington. Following Xavier at 853 (-11) and UT-Arlington (-1), were Weber State (+4), host New Mexico State (+8), Arizona (+11), and Wyoming at 876 (+12).

Important in their quest to earn an NCAA Regional bid this season, the Cowboys did finish in front of several teams they needed to beat, including Idaho and Utah.

Xavier also claimed the individual title, as John Streibich won a playoff over Northern Colorado's Tim Knight. Both players finished with a total of 209 (-7).

UW freshman Corey Steger had the highest finish for the Cowboys, tying for 14th place of 80 golfers. Steger totaled his best three-round score this season, an even-par mark of 216. After rounds of 74 (+2) and a career low 70 (-2) on Monday, he carded 72 (E) to finish the event.

Next for Wyoming was junior Jeff Franks who concluded a solid tournament with a round of 72 (E). Franks totaled 217 (+1) and tied for 18th. One stroke back of Franks was senior Eric Baily, who finished his tournament with a 73 (+1).

"Today there were good scoring conditions on the course and we didn't capitalize on our chances," said head UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "We hadn't played an event in over a month and I think that showed up in our mental mistakes and rusty short game.

"We still beat a lot of teams that we needed to beat in this tournament, but we need to play better. I am proud of our young freshman, Corey Steger. He put together a nice tournament."

Wyoming redshirt senior Matthew Brunk concluded his event at 225 (+9), while senior Dan Silva continued his difficult fall season and shot 230 (+14).

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

The Cowboys next will conclude their fall season at the Hawaii/Turtle Bay Intercollegiate, November 7-9 in Kahuku, Hawaii.