Oct. 21, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It has been a special fall season for University of Wyoming golfer Gabe Maier. After placing in the top-20 in each of UW's first four tournaments, including winning the UW Desert Intercollegiate, the junior from Cody, Wyo. has recently jumped to a national GolfStat Cup ranking of 46th.
Maier's No. 46 ranking is out of all Division I, II, III, NAIA and Junior College players. The Golfstat Cup is awarded by Golfstat, Inc. to the men's collegiate golfer with the lowest yearly scoring average. On the season, Maier has played 12 rounds and is averaging 71.08 strokes per round. He has played eight of those rounds under par.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for Gabe," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "I am not sure of the exact number, but there are more than 1,500 college golfers and for Gabe to rank 46th is phenomenal. With this ranking he is considered one of the best players in college golf at the moment.
"Gabe really deserves to be playing as well as he is. He is one of the hardest workers I have seen and there is no doubt that his hard work is a direct correlation of his good play. I am also proud of Gabe for bringing our program the recognition he has."
Maier and the rest of the Cowboy golf team will play one final tournament of the fall season this Thursday and Friday in Long Beach, Calif. They will be competing in the Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic, which is hosted by Long Beach State. The event is being playing at the Virginia Country Club, which measures 6,633 yards and plays to a par of 70. The format is rather unique, as each team plays six players and scores the top five.
The Del Walker 15-team field includes Arizona, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Colorado State, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Pacific, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and Wyoming.
Wyoming's lineup will feature Maier, juniors Zach Zaremba, Phil Henzlik and Casey Ruff, as well as senior Jared Butler. The field will play 36 holes on Thursday and 18 on Friday, with tee times beginning each morning at 8:30 a.m. (MT). Live results may be followed at GolfStat.com.
"We really want to finish the fall on a high note this week," Jensen finished. "We have worked hard this fall and have done a lot of good things. After this tournament we have a couple of months off, so it would be great to go into the break on a high note."