Nov. 9, 2005
KANEOHE, Hawaii -
With middle of the pack individual finishes that mirrored their team finish, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers concluded the Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate on Wednesday in ninth place of 19 teams. For the second straight day the field played in wet, windy conditions, and on the last day of the event the course did not yield any team scores under par. In their final tournament round of the fall, the Pokes fired 304 (+16) and improved two spots for a 54-hole total of 909 (+45).
"This tournament can be summed up by the fact that we never had anyone put three good rounds together," said head UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "In fact, that can sum up our fall season. We were not consistent, and after someone would play a good round they would turn around and have a bad round. We were competitive, which is a good thing, and we showed that we have the ability to play with top teams, but we didn't ever play three consistent rounds. Our play against New Mexico State is a good example of what I'm talking about. We beat them at the Tucker Invitational, they had to come from behind to beat us at their own event, and then they won the tournament here.
"Our guys want to be better, and this winter we'll just focus on eliminating the mental mistakes."
All five Cowboys ended the tournament within five strokes of each other. Wyoming junior Jeff Franks had the best overall finish on the squad, tied for 34th place of 108 collegiate golfers. Franks totaled 227 (+11), followed by seniors Eric Baily, 230 (+14), and Matthew Brunk and Dan Silva at 231 (+15). Freshman Corey Steger finished strong with a final day round of 74 (+2), which moved him up through the standings to tie for 58th.
New Mexico State, 871 (+7), barely held off UNLV (+8) for a one stroke team win. San Diego State shot the low final round of 291 (+3), and finished third 876 (+12).
In a log jam at the top of the individual leader board, Baylor's Ryan Baca, SDSU's Andrew Scott, UNLV's Sevng-Su Han, and NMSU's Robert Goff finished tied at 214 (-2). After a four-hole playoff, Goff won medalist honors.
The Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate was played at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, which measures 6,269 yards and has a par of 72.
Wyoming's next competitive rounds will be after the first of the year at the Club de Santa Anita/North Texas Classic, Feb. 19-20 in Guadalajara, Mexico.