Cowboy Golf Will Host Eighth Annual Cowboy Classic Next Week in Scottsdale

April 2, 2010


It started as a small 11-team golf event in 2003 and now in its' eighth year, the University of Wyoming Cowboy Classic has blossomed into a premier 24-team tournament with some of the top teams in the country participating.

A record 24 teams and 130 individuals will be competing this Monday and Tuesday, April 5-6 at Talking Stick Golf Club on the North Course in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The event is presented by Cleveland Golf and Srixon. It is being held at the same time as the 23-team Cowgirl Classic, which is being played at Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz.

"As always, we are looking forward to getting to Phoenix and hosting both the Cowboy and Cowgirl Classic," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "First and foremost, we must thank everyone involved who makes The Cowboy Classic possible including Cleveland Golf, Srixon, Troon Golf and the wonderful people at Talking Stick.

"It is exciting to have a record number of 24 teams and 130 individuals competing this year. These events are terrific for our program and we really enjoy hosting them."

The Cowboy lineup for the event will feature juniors Gabe Maier, Zach Zaremba, Phil Henzlik and Casey Ruff, as well as redshirt freshman Clinton Boutelle. Junior Max Curnow will be competing for the Cowboys as an individual.

Maier has been the Cowboys' top performer this season and has finished in the top-10 of an event three times in 2009-10. He has the fifth-best stroke average in the Mountain West Conference at 71.81. He won the other event hosted by UW, the Desert Intercollegiate, last October.

There will be a new Cowboy Classic team champion this year as three-time champion UC Davis will not be in the field this year. UC Davis claimed the team title in 2007, `08 and `09. UW's highest finish was second place back in 2005.

Talking Stick Golf Club's North Course measures in at 7,133 yards and plays to a par of 70. It has served as the host course for all eight Cowboy Classic events. It is located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at 9989 East Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. Talking Stick is a Troon Golf Property.

Talking Stick was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 1998. Since its opening, it has hosted the PGA Tour Qualifying School in 1998 and `99, and the USGA Sectional Qualifier in 1998, 2002 and 2005, among numerous other events.

Tournament Schedule:
- Practice rounds, Sunday, April 4, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
- First and second rounds (played consecutively), Monday, April 5, Shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.
- Third round, Tuesday, April 6, Shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.

Host Course:
- Talking Stick North Course, Scottsdale, Ariz.

- 7,133/Par 70

2009 Field (24 teams):
Wyoming, Air Force, Arizona (individuals), Arkansas-Little Rock, Cal State Northridge, Colorado, Gonzaga, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, Oklahoma, Old Dominion, San Diego, Seattle, Southern Utah, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley, UTEP, Weber State, Western Carolina and Western Kentucky.

Year-by-Year Results
Team Champion

  • 2003 Arizona State,293-289-289=871 (+31)
  • 2004 UCLA,282-268-279=829 (-11)
  • 2005 UTEP,279-285-276=840 (E)
  • 2006 New Mexico State, 280-279-277=836 (-4)
  • 2007 UC Davis, 272-282-286=840 (E)
  • 2008 UC Davis,273-280-280=833 (-7)
  • 2009UC Davis,287-271-267=825 (-15)

    Individual Champion

  • 2003 Gilberto Rodriguez, SDSU,73-71-70=214 (+4)
  • 2004 Travis Bertoni, Cal Poly,66-71-67=204 (-6)
  • 2005 Steve Newren, Utah,68-69-70=207 (-3)
  • 2006 Danny Bowen, NMSU, 69-68-68=205 (-5)
  • 2007 Louie Bishop, UC Davis, 67-69-69=205 (-5)
  • 2008 Troy Merritt, Boise State,71-65-66=202 (-8)
  • 2009Austin Graham, UC Davis,70-67-67=204 (-6)