Feb. 24, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The third annual University of Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, hosted by the Cowboy golf program, will be played on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27 in Palm Desert, Calif. The Tournament will be placed at the Classic Club for the third consecutive season.
"We have a terrific field for this year's tournament," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "Any time you host a tournament that includes former national and conference champions is very successful. For us as the University of Wyoming to host such a well respected national college event on a golf course that has hosted PGA tour events is terrific. I would like to thank the staff at the Classic Club and our tournament sponsor Cleveland Golf, they are both first class and awesome to work with."
The 2011 field will include 21 teams including five teams ranked in the top 75 of the Golfweek.com ranking. Teams in attendance to this year's Desert Intercollegiate include: Wyoming, Kansas, No. 72 Colorado State, Nebraska, UTEP, Santa Clara, UC Riverside, Hawaii, Southern Utah, Boise State, Cal Poly, Weber State, Air Force, Drake, UC Santa Barbara, Denver, Long Beach State, No. 62 UNLV, No. 54 SMU, No. 60 New Mexico and No. 10 Texas A&M.
Taking home the individual title in last year's event was Cowboy Gabe Maier, who's three round total of 208 (-8) matched the second best three round score in Cowboy tournament history. Last season's team champion was Santa Clara University with a team score of 872 (+8). Taking home the individual championship during the 2008 inaugural Desert Intercollegiate was Denver's Daniel Wax with a total of 213 (-3), while Colorado State took the team title with a score of 877 (+13).
Leading the way for the Cowboys is last season's returning champion Gabe Maier who has placed in the top 20 of all five events he has entered this season, including a third place finish at the Air Force Falcon Invite. Maier is averaging a team best 72.23 strokes per round. Following Maier, is Phil Henzlik who has two top 25 finishes during the fall season, and is averaging 75.85 strokes per round.
The award winning Classic Club is a par-72 course that measures 7,322 yards in length. It was recently selected as a "Resort Course of Distinction" by GolfWeek, as well as the having the best golf course playing conditions in Southern California by greenskeeper.org. The Classic Club has been a former host of the PGA Bob Hope Classic in 2006, '07 and '08.