Dec. 7, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Joe Jensen, a former member of theUniversity of Wyoming golf team and a native of Lander, has been namedCowboy golf coach, UW Athletics Director Lee Moon announced Friday.
In addition to his coaching duties, Jensen will be the manager of golfcourse operations at Jacoby Golf Course at Laramie.
Jensen, 31, replaces long-time coach Roger Prenzlow who has accepted aposition as golf professional at the Old Baldy Golf Club in Saratoga,Wyoming.
"Whenever we have an opportunity to bring back a Wyoming Cowboy to ourprogram that's exciting," Moon said. "As a native, Joe has the state ofWyoming deep in his heart. He is an outstanding person, and anoutstanding teacher. Not only is he a bright, young coach, but hebrings a background and understanding of overall course management tothe position. He understands the program Roger has established, andtakes a great deal of pride in moving the program forward.
"We were fortunate to attract a number of quality candidates with thebackground and understanding of the position, and who had ties to ourprogram," Moon continued. "We were extremely pleased to consider thatgroup, and very happy with our selection."
Jensen is a 1998 graduate of the University of Wyoming, with a Bachelorof Science degree.
"It's very exciting for me to be coming back to my school, and my statewhere I have so many friends and family," Jensen said. "It is a dreamcome true for Chris and I to be given this opportunity. It's aprivilege to be a part of the program once again. Roger has done such agreat job through the years, and I'm excited about carrying on thetradition he has established. It's just terrific to be coming home."
Jensen was a member of the Cowboy golf team during the 1992 season, butturned professional in 1993, and became an assistant golf pro at theJacoby Golf Course. During his six years in that position he wasresponsible for the daily operation of the course. His duties alsoincluded assistant coach with the golf team.
In 1999, Jensen moved to the Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club inWindsor, Colorado, where he was the golf assistant. There he assistedin the daily operation of the golf course, coordinator of three to fourgolf tournaments per week, and taught group and junior golf lessons. Inaddition to his golf club duties, he was a financial representative forNorthwestern Mutual Financial Network.
This past year Jensen became president of the Northern Colorado GolfEnterprise, acquiring corporate sponsorships for six professional golftournaments a year. At the same time he was a financial advisor forthe Bank of Colorado/Raymond James Financial Services, located in Ft.Collins, Colorado.
He recently organized the Wyoming-CSU Border Fore Golf Tournament whichraised some $20,000 for the UW athletic program. The tournament hasbeen established as an annual event.
"I'm pleased that the University was able to attract an individual withJoe's capabilities," said George Krell, director of UW's Physical Plant,which oversees the golf course. "He has experience in the operation ofthe golf facility as well as coaching. I think that's very good for theUniversity."