Wyoming Finishes Seventh at the 2001 BYU Cougar Classic

April 21, 2001


Senior David Hearn shot a finalround 69 on Saturday and moved from a tie for 22nd place into a tie for 14that the 2001 Brigham Young Cougar Classic. He finished with an even-partotal of 216 for 54 holes. Hearn's 69 helped the Cowboys secure aseventh-place team finish in the field of 16 top teams from the westernUnited States.

Hearn was by no means the only Cowboy to enjoy one of his besttournaments of the spring season. Three other Cowboys joined Hearn in theTop 30 in a field of 88 competitors. Redshirt sophomore Kurt Kowaluk shot athree-over par total of 219 to tie for 23rd. Senior Kevin Kayden tied for25th at 220, and junior Mike Urbatchka tied for 30th at 221.

"This was the kind of tournament we needed as we head into theconference championship in a couple of weeks" said UW head golf coach RogerPrenzlow. "We had one of the most balanced performances, as a team, thatwe've had all season. Our top four finishers were all within five strokesof one another, and all four finished in the Top 30 individuals.

"After suffering with a wrist injury throughout the spring season,David (Hearn) really seemed to be back on his game this week. He finishedthe tournament at even par 216, and he shot a 69 in the final round onSaturday. Kurt Kowaluk had an outstanding tournament. He played some ofthe most consistent golf I've seen him play in his college career, shooting73 in each of the three rounds. Kevin (Kayden) and Mike (Urbatchka) alsohad good tournaments, finishing at four over and five-over par respectively.

"We finished strong as a team, with three players shooting par orlower in the final round. I can't say enough about the overall effort theguys gave this week."

The Cougar Classic was played at the Riverside Country Club inProvo, Utah. The course measured 6,940 yards and played to a par of 72.

Next up for the Cowboys is the Mountain West Conference Championshipon April 30 through May 2 in Sunriver, Ore.

Below are Wyoming's individual scores along with the final teamstandings for the 2001 Brigham Young Cougar Classic.

Wyoming individual results

David Hearn (Brantford, Ontario) Sr. 72-75-69=216 (Even) T14thKurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) RSo. 73-73-73=219 (+3) T23rdKevin Kayden (Fremont, Ohio) Sr. 75-73-72=220 (+4) T25thMike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) Jr. 77-72-72=221 (+5) T30thMike Mezei (Lethbridge, Alberta) Fr. 78-74-75=227 (+11) T55thJake Hunter (Page, Ariz.) Sr. 80-78-77=235 (+19) T83rd

Team Standings

1. San Diego State 8482. UC-Santa Barbara 8653. Tulsa 8684. BYU 8695. Colorado State 871 Hawaii 8717. Wyoming 8758. Fresno State 8769. UTEP 87910. Utah 88111. Nevada 887 Boise State 88713. Weber State 88814. Air Force 88915. Utah State 92016. Southern Utah 956