Nov. 7, 2007
KAHUKU, Hawaii -
Their coach asked them to step it up a notch and the young Wyoming Cowboy golf team did exactly that on Wednesday during the final round of the Turtle Bay Resort College Invitational in Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii.
UW shot the third-best round in school history with a mark of 278 (-10) and finished the event with the third-best team event total ever at UW, a score of 859 (-5). Their score of 278 was seven strokes better than the team's previous season best.
The Cowboy's good final round moved them up three spots in the standings and they finished in 16th place of 21 teams. Wyoming finished one stroke ahead of tournament host Hawaii and only one stroke behind San Diego.
"I challenged this team, asked them to shoot their best round of the season today and they did it," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "They were pushed out of their comfort zone, asked to step up and they really worked hard in the final round. I'm pleased with the way they competed and this is a good feeling for us to take into the winter.
"These guys have gone through quite the growth process during this fall season and have an unbelievable future ahead of them if they continue to work this hard. We are at a crossroads as a program and these five freshmen have represented Wyoming well."
UW scored 285 (-3) on Monday and 296 (+8) on Tuesday.
Four of five Cowboy golfers were under par on Wednesday, led by Zach Zaremba who shot his collegiate best 68 (-4). Zaremba tied for 48th in the field of 115.
Wyoming's Aaron Johnson also scored a career best at 69 (-3), Mike May carded a 70 (-2), Gabe Maier tied his low mark at 71 (-1) and Phil Henzlik recorded a 73 (+1).
The #25 ranked Tennessee Volunteers blew away the competition in the team standings and topped the field by 21 strokes. UT shot 261 (-27) in the third round and totaled 800 (-64) over 54 holes. A distant second place was UC Irvine at 821 (-43).
Tennessee's Charles Ford and UC Irvine's Sean Shahi shared individual medalist honors with a score of 200 (-16).
The 54-hole, three-day tournament was played on two different courses at Turtle Bay Resort. Monday and Wednesday's rounds were held on the shorter, more scorable Fazio course. Tuesday's round was competed on the longer, more difficult Palmer course.
The Hawaii event was Wyoming's final competition of the fall season. UW will resume play March 10-11, 2008 at the Fresno State/Lexus Classic in Fresno, Calif.