May 3, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy Golf team will begin play at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championship on Thursday, May 5 at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.
"If we can play like I know we are capable of playing we can be really competitive at conference," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "We are just going to take it one day at a time and try to play three competitive rounds. I really want us to start out having a solid first day."
The MWC Championship will be hosted at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club, Catalina Course which measures 7,144-yards and is a par 71.The five Cowboys competing will be seniors Gabe Maier, Phil Henzlik and Zach Zaremba, junior Mike May and sophomore Clinton Boutelle. Maier leads the way for UW ranking sixth on the MWC leaderboard with a stroke average of 72.09. He has five top-10 finishes in 11 events this season including a top-three finish at the Arizona NIT. He will be looking to improve on his 12th-place finish at the 2010 MWC Championships when he shot a three-round total of 214 (+1). Boutelle boasts the second-best stroke average for the Cowboys at 75.5 in 30 rounds. Zaremba carries the next lowest stroke average for the `Pokes, averaging 76.53 per round.
"Gabe is a very nice player," Jensen added. "If he can play like he is capable of, he can win. As for the rest of the team I want us to play mentally strong and not beat ourselves."
The MWC Championship will host three top-50 teams according to Golfweek, including No. 8 San Diego State, No. 41 TCU and No. 43 UNLV. Taking home the team title in 2010 was Colorado State (834) which claimed a 13-stroke victory over San Diego State (847). Colorado State's Ryan Peterson is returning to defend his 2010 MWC title when he posted an 8-under 205.
"We have all worked hard this season," Jensen said. "I know this team wants to play well. I also know we are very capable of playing well. All we can do now is go out there an compete as hard as we can and see how we finish."
Each round of the MWC Championships will begin at 8 a.m. MT on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.