Wyoming Cowboy Golf Improves One Spot at Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate

Nov. 8, 2005

KANEOHE, Hawaii -

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In rain and wind, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers received several solid performances at the Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate on Tuesday. With three golfers posting rounds at or just over par, Wyoming crept one place up the team standings to 11th place of 19 teams. UW's team score of 299 (+11) gives them a 36-hole total of 605 (+29), only eight strokes back of seventh place and with plenty of opportunity for further improvement in tomorrow's final round.

"We had three good rounds today in tough conditions," said head UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "So I'm pleased with the improvement of those three, but frustrated that we could not get a fourth to step up. We were close today, just not quite there.

"It is the rainy season here and today it was just that. It rained and blew all day long, making for very difficult golf conditions. There was not one team that really shot lights out. A 72 was a great score today."

Wyoming junior Jeff Franks had the best score of the day for UW, an even-par mark of 72. Cowboy redshirt senior Matthew Brunk remained steady with a score of 75 (+3), and is in a tie for 33rd place of 108 collegiate golfers. Senior Eric Baily improved five strokes from his first round and scored a second day mark of 74 (+2).

New Mexico State continues to hold the team lead after a second round score of 287 (-1), giving the Aggies a two-day total of 570 (-6). NMSU, who had the only team round under par on the day, has a four stroke lead over second place UNLV (-2). Baylor (+3), San Diego State (+9), and Santa Clara (+13) round out the top five schools.

UNLV's C.J. Gatto maintained his Day One individual lead with an even-par round of 72, and a 36-hole total of 138 (-6). Baylor's Ryan Baca and SDSU's Andrew Scott are three strokes back at 141 (-3).

Also competing for the Cowboys were senior Dan Silva, 78 (+6), and freshman Corey Steger, 81 (+9).

The tournament will conclude on Wednesday with one final round of 18 holes.

The Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate is being played at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, which measures 6,269 yards and has a par of 72.