May 1, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's golf team will open the 2013 Mountain West Championship at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club on Friday in Tucson, Ariz. The Pokes will be one of nine teams competing for a conference championship in the 54-hole event which will conclude on Sunday.
"I feel a tremendous amount of hope for this weekend," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "The guys have improved every event so far this spring. We had three pretty good rounds last weekend and I feel like we are getting there. There are still things we need to work on before we tee off on Friday, but I like the direction we are headed. If we go out and perform like I know we are capable of we are going to have a very competitive conference championship."
Leading the Cowboys is senior Clinton Boutelle who returns after a top-15 finish at the 2012 MW Championships after shooting a three-over 216. Boutelle leads the Pokes in scoring average carrying a 74 average over 14 rounds this spring season. He missed the fall season due to injury, but has returned with four rounds of par or better and one top-25 finish last weekend at the PING Cougar Classic. Freshman Kamrin Allen carries the second-best stroke average on the team at 74.73 and will be playing in his first conference championship. Allen has recorded four top-25 finishes this season and has carded four rounds of par or better. Junior Brent Baylon is coming off his highest career finish tying for 14th at the PING Cougar Classic. At that event he also fired a career-best round of 69 (-3) and his best 54-hole score of 216 (E). Baylon carries a stroke average of 75 and has played in every tournament for the Cowboys this season. Fellow junior Eric Parish is also coming off his best finish of the spring season after tying for 16th at the Cougar Classic. Parish has played in 29 rounds this season carrying a 75.96 stroke average and recording two top-20 finishes. Junior Eddie Stewart has also played in every tournament for UW this season carrying a 75.1 stroke average. Stewart recorded the Pokes best finish of the season winning the 2012 Battle In The Tetons with the third-best 54-hole total in school history of 208 (-8).
The 2013 MW Championship field features five teams in the top 85 of the GolfWeek Rankings including two top 40 squads. New Mexico leads the way ranked No. 4 in the country followed by UNLV who is No. 35. San Diego State follows at No. 46, with Fresno State at No. 81 and Colorado State at No. 83. Rounding out the schools in the field are No. 115 Nevada, No. 124 Air Force, No. 154 Wyoming and No. 173 Boise State.
"We know we can beat some of the teams in the field this weekend because we have beaten them at one point or another this spring," Jensen said. "We know what we have to do to beat them and now we just need to go out and play golf."
The conference championship will be played at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson for the seventh-consecutive year. The competitors will play the Catalina Course which plays a par 71 and measures 7,144 yards.
Round one pairings and tee times:
The Cowboys will be paired in the first round with Nevada and Boise State. The championship tee times will begin at 8 a.m. MT. Wyoming, Nevada and Boise State will be the last five groups to tee off from 9:40 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. The following is a list of the Cowboys tee times and their first round pairings. All times are Mountain.
9:40 - Kamrin Allen, Gustavo Ghuang (Nevada), Logan France (Boise State)
9:50 - Eddie Stewart, Kit Carson (Nevada), Clayton Kosanovich (Boise State)
10 - Eric Parish, Taylor Knoll (Nevada), Charlie Marusiak (Boise State)
10:10 - Brent Baylon, Brian Knoll (Nevada), Jordan Skyles (Boise State)
10:20 - Clinton Boutelle, Ryan Mulvany (Nevada), Taeksoo Kim (Boise State)