Oct. 2, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The second annual University of Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, hosted by the Cowboy golf program, will be played this Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 5-6, in Palm Desert, Calif. The tournament is once again being played at the Classic Club, the host site of the 2006, `07 and `08 PGA Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
"We are thrilled about the second annual University of Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "First and foremost, we are very thankful to the Classic Club for hosting this event. It is a unique experience for these young men to compete on a PGA caliber golf course like the Classic Club and everyone gets excited to do so. We are also very thankful for Cleveland Golf and Srixon and their involvement. We are excited about the field that will be participating in the event this year."
The 2009 field will feature 93 players--16 teams and 13 individuals. Teams making the trip to Palm Desert include: Wyoming, Cal State Northridge, Denver, Drake, Long Beach State, Nebraska, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, UTSA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley, UTEP and Weber State.
The University of Wyoming golf program has a long standing relationship with Troon Golf, the company that manages the Classic Club. Wyoming also hosts two spring tournaments on Troon Properties in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. The Cowgirl Classic is held at Octillo Golf Resort in Chandler and the Cowboy Classic is held at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale.
The 2009 UW Desert Intercollegiate will be the fourth tournament of the fall season for the Cowboys. The Pokes' best finish thus far came at the Air Force Falcon Invitational two weeks ago, where they finished in a fourth place tie out of 19 teams.
Junior Gabe Maier has been the Cowboys' top player this fall. He has finished in the top-20 of all three events and currently has a stroke average of 71.67. Junior Zach Zaremba has placed in the top-25 of two events and currently has a stroke average of 72.89.
Other Cowboys who will be competing in the tournament include junior Phil Henzlik, redshirt freshman Clinton Boutelle and senior Jared Butler. Juniors Casey Ruff and Max Curnow will be playing as individuals.
The award winning Classic Club is a par-72 course that measures 7,322 yards in length. It was recently selected as a "Resort Course of Distinction" by GolfWeek, as well as the having the best golf course playing conditions in Southern California by greenskeeper.org.