LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team begins the 2015-16 season on Saturday at the USAF Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. The tournament will be played at the Academy’s Eisenhower Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo. and will feature 16 teams. These teams include Abilene Christian, Air Force, Air Force (silver), Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Southern Utah, UMKC, Utah, Utah State, UTEP, Weber State, Wyoming and William & Mary.
“I sense that we’re fresh,” Cowboy golf head coach Joe Jensen said. “Their attitudes are great and they are ready to work hard. We played three or four freshmen last year and they have quite a bit of experience.”
The Cowboys have seven returners from last season, including senior Kamrin Allen, who led the Cowboys with a stroke average of 74.1. He played 32 rounds last year and tied for Wyoming’s top finish at last year’s Mountain West Championship finishing at 19th.
Ryan Wallen is back for his junior campaign, he had the second best stroke average on the team with 74.6 per round. Sophomores Arron Lickteig, Drew McCullough, Quintin Pope and Glenn Workman look to show maturity and improvement from last season’s finish. Workman tied with Allen at last year’s MW Championship. Cole Bundy will also return for the Pokes this year, he used a redshirt last season. Rounding out the Wyoming roster are freshmen John Murdock and Dan Starzinski.
Over the summer a few Cowboys played in tournaments to improve their skills. Wallen tied for 23rd at the Washington State Men’s Amateur and finished 23rd at the PNGA Strokeplay. Lickteig won the South Dakota Open and earned second place at the Thrivent Financial Charity Pro/Am. McCullough finished ninth place at the Royal Oaks Invitational and tied for ninth at the Washington State Men’s Amateur. Pope won the Wyoming Men’s State Amateur Championship and was also awarded Low Amateur at the Wyoming Open. Bundy finished in the top ten at the Highland Open and top ten at the Loveland Invite. Murdock earned an 11th place finish at the Optimist Junior Worlds Qualifier and tied for seventh at the Wyoming State Men's Amateur. Starzinski also had an impressive summer as he finished 3rd at the Ping Junior Masters Series presented by Bryce Molder and tied for ninth at the Thunderbird Invitational.
“They are starting to accumulate some goals,” Jensen added. “I see guys wanting to get better and it is positive.”
The Cowboys will tee off at 8:15 a.m. MT on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Wyoming will play 54 holes on the weekend.