May 3, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The 1999 Western Athletic Conference Men's GolfChampionship tees off this week at the Poppy Hills Golf Course at PebbleBeach, Calif. The tournament is scheduled to be played Monday-Wednesday,May 3-5. Tee times are set for 8 a.m., Pacific time each day. The PoppyHills Golf Course measures 6,835 yards and plays to a par of 72.
All 16 WAC member institutions field men's golf teams. The fieldincludes No. 2 ranked UNLV, which won the 1998 NCAA Championship. NewMexico is ranked No. 16 in the country, and Brigham Young is ranked No. 19.The WAC also has 11 individuals ranked in the MasterCard Top 50 Men's GolfRankings.
Although UNLV is the defending NCAA Champion, TCU is the defendingWAC Champion, having defeated UNLV at the '98 WAC Championships by fivestrokes.
TCU's J.J. Henry was the 1998 WAC individual medalist. Henry was asenior in '98. But there is a defending champion in the field in '97 WACChampion Andy Miller of BYU. Miller is the son of former PGA great JohnnyMiller.
The Wyoming Cowboys are coming off their best performance of the1999 spring season. The Cowboys captured third out of 17 teams at theBrigham Young University Cougar Classic on Saturday, April 24.
Wyoming shot a five-under par round of 283 to move up two spots inthe final round, passing Colorado State and UTEP.
UW freshman Mike Urbatchka of Sheridan, Wyo., led the way for thePokes with a final round 68 to finish in a tie for fourth place -- two underpar for the 54 holes. Sophomore David Hearn of Brantford, Ontario, alsoshot a final round 68 and tied for 17th at 220 -- four over for thethree-rounds.
Host BYU won the team title with a 54-hole total of 855.
"This was a nice confidence boost for our team," said UW men's golfcoach Roger Prenzlow. "Now the guys know that they can go into the WACChampionships and compete with the best teams in our league. We just haveto continue to work hard like we have the last few weeks. With another goodtournament at the WACs, we could still have a chance to qualify for the NCAAWest Regional."