Cowboy Golfer Michael Mezei Wins Canadian Junior Championship

Aug. 21, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Michael Mezei, who will join theUniversity of Wyoming men's golf team in the fall, captured the 2000 RoyalCanadian Golf Association Junior Championship this past weekend. Thetournament was played on the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Club in Comox,British Columbia.

The tournament was contested over four days, Aug. 15-18. Mezei shotrounds of 70, 75, 68, 70 for a 72-hole total of 283, winning the mostprestigious junior golf title in Canada by two strokes.

"Michael (Mezei) played outstanding golf from start to finish," saidUW men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "Michael has been one of the mostaccomplished junior golfers in Canada over the past couple of years. Hisperformance this past week shows that he is a young man who can come intoour program this fall and contribute right away.

"We've had a good succession of top Canadian players join ourprogram over the past few years. David Hearn (a senior from Brantford,Ontario) has of course had an outstanding career at Wyoming, qualifying forthe NCAA West Regional each of the past two years, and Kurt Kowaluk (aredshirt sophomore from Lively, Ontario) is a young man who I expect to makea big contribution to our team this coming year."

Mezei, 5-10, 160 pounds, brings a number of other golfaccomplishments with him to Wyoming. He won the Alberta PGA Junior Master'stitle, and also placed fifth at the American Junior Golf Association WesternCanadian Invitational. Mezei also was a member of the Alberta ProvincialTeam, which is comprised of the top junior golfers from the province ofAlberta, and he was selected to the Alberta Junior America's Cup Team.

Mezei attended Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge, Alberta.He plans on majoring in chemical engineering at UW. The son of Peggy andGerry Mezei, he was also recruited by the University of Louisville and theUniversity of Oregon.