July 14, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Three sophomore Cowboy golfers are representing the Wyoming Golf program this week at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship (USAPLC) in Aurora, Colo. Phil Henzlik, Gabe Maier and Zach Zaremba are competing in the 83rd Annual USAPLC, July 14-19, at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora. Each UW golfer qualified through sectional events to compete in the tournament which is the top amateur, public course event in the nation annually.
"It is great that the Wyoming program will be represented by three individuals at this prestigious tournament," said UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen. "Not many college programs can make that claim.
"This is a special group of young players and all three have worked very hard to put themselves in this situation."
Henzlik qualified for the championship by carding a two-round score of 149 and winning the sectional qualifying tournament last month at Bell Nob Golf Course in Gillette, Wyo. Maier and Zaremba both earned their spot at the same sectional qualifier, held at Murphy Creek in Aurora. Maier shot 142 and tied for second place, while Zaremba scored 143 and tied for fourth.
Maier led the Cowboys with a stroke average of 74.66 during the 2007-08 season and had the `Pokes best finish at the 2008 Mountain West Conference Championship by placing 18th. He was followed closely by Zaremba, who had an average of 75.74, all through their freshman year. Zaremba twice shot team-best rounds of four-under par during his first season of collegiate golf. Henzlik walked onto the Cowboy squad last fall, promptly qualified to travel and stayed there the majority of the season with a stroke average of 76.79. All three Cowboys contributed to the third-best single round score ever by a UW squad to close the fall season.
The first two days of each USAPLC consist of stroke play, with the field then reduced and the low 64 scorers moving on to four days of elimination match play. The championship culminates with 36 holes of match play.
The amateur public links events are open to amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1 of the calendar year, have been public course players and have not held privileges at any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public.
The USAPLC has been a springboard for the likes of U.S. Open champions Ed Furgol, Tommy Bolt, and Ken Venturi; British Open champion Tony Lema; PGA champions Dave Marr and Bobby Nichols; and Masters winner George Archer, as well as current PGA players Trevor Immelman (1998), Tim Clark (1997) and Billy Mayfair (1986).