Nov. 5, 2007
KAHUKU, Hawaii -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team equaled their best team round of the fall season on Monday at the Turtle Bay Resort College Invitational in Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii. The Cowboys shot 285 (-3) during the first round of the 54-hole, three-day tournament and are in 18th place of 21 teams.
Wyoming is only two strokes behind UC-Riverside, Weber State and tournament host Hawaii.
UW also shot 285 during the Second Round of the Purple and Red Invite in Layton, Utah earlier this fall.
"This was a good start for us and I'm pleased with my kids," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "We were consistent today, which is what I want to see from these five freshmen.
"This is a fun experience because the field is elite, teams tore up the course today and the event has the feel of a professional tour. I told the guys to just play like they're capable of, avoid big numbers, don't worry about the other teams and just worry about yourself. They did that. This is the kind of production that gives this program a good future. We are building a foundation with this group.
"Tomorrow we will play a different, more difficult course at this same resort and scores should be higher across the board. No one was able to play a practice round on this course because it was rained out, so we'll see what happens."
All five Cowboys finished Monday's round within three shots of each other and in the middle of the pack. Zach Zaremba was low for the `Pokes at 70 (-2), which tied him for 48th place in the very large field of 115 participants. Gabe Maier shot 71 (-1), Phil Henzlik and Mike May were even-par at 72 and Aaron Johnson shot 73 (+1).
The #25 ranked Tennessee Volunteers found their way to the top of an upper-class field of teams with an amazing score of 264 (-24). College of Charleston is in second place at 268 (-20) and three teams are tied for third at 270 (-18).
Tennessee's Robin Wingardh is leading the individual race with an 18-hole score of 63 (-9). Texas' Bobby Massa and Boise State's Troy Merritt are tied for second at 64 (-8), while five other golfers totaled 65 (-7).
Monday's round was played on the shorter, more scorable Fazio course, while Tuesday's round will switch to the longer Palmer course. The teams will play Fazio again on Wednesday.