May 9, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming Golfer Gabe Maier received an at-large selection to compete at the 2011 NCAA Regional Golf Tournament at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo., on May 19-21.
"I am really happy for Gabe," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "His confidence is still really high and I know he is excited to be selected to an NCAA Regional site. If he plays like I know he can, he can be right in the thick of things. It is an honor for Gabe because he has had a nice couple years. I am also excited because he has seen this golf course before. All we can do now is prepare this week and have him go out next week and play well."
Maier, a senior from Cody, Wyo., becomes the second Cowboy to reach an NCAA Regional in consecutive years and the first since current PGA player David Hearn in 1999-2002, who reached three consecutive years. Maier placed in a tie for seventh at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championship after holding the 36-hole lead. It was his third top-25 finish in as many years at the MWC Championship. Maier currently holds the fifth best stroke average in the MWC at 72. He has placed in the top-10 a total of 10 times over the past two seasons including seven top-five finishes. He closed out his career on an excellent note finishing in the top-25 in 20 of his last 21 events. Maier also tied the school record lowest round of seven-under twice this season at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic (63) and the Denver Desert Shootout (65).
Colorado National Golf Club is located in Erie Colo., it has a total yardage of 7,676 and is a par 72. The NCAA Regional tournament will be hosted by theUniversity of Colorado-Boulder beginning on Thursday, May 19. There are six regional events across the country that will serve as qualifying events for the National Championship.