COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Wyoming men’s golf squad shot 286 (-2) during the final round of the USAF Gene Miranda Invitational on Sunday to finish fifth overall at the first tournament of the 2016-17 season. The Cowboys saved their best round for last, shooting a full 10 strokes better than their Saturday afternoon round and putting forth Sunday’s second-best team score en route to a total score of 882 (+18). UW decreased its team score in each round of the tournament.
“I’m pleased with what I saw today,” head coach Joe Jensen said Sunday afternoon. “Our first 18 holes [on Saturday] just got us off to a slow start, but we got better each round. It was a team effort and a good solid start to the season.”
Senior Ryan Wallen posted Wyoming’s highest individual finish, tying for eighth place at 217 (+1). Wallen recorded a score of 74 on Sunday after shooting UW’s best round of the tournament, a 4-under 68, on Saturday afternoon. Junior Drew McCullough vaulted up the leaderboard with Wyoming’s best Sunday performance, shooting 70 (-2) to settle into a tie for 19th place with a total score of 222 (+6). He posted four birdies on Sunday, two each on the front nine and back nine.
Fellow Junior Glenn Workman was one of six golfers to tie with McCullough for 19th place, also posting his best round of the tournament on Sunday with a score of 71 (-1). Workman tied for the field lead with 39 pars during the two-day tournament.
Junior Arron Lickteig continued the Cowboys’ great Sunday showing, matching Workman’s score of 71 (-1) to move into a tie for 42nd place overall after finishing Saturday’s 36 holes in a tie for 58th place. Junior Quintin Pope finished 63rd with a score of 232 (+16).
UNLV and UTEP tied for the tournament win, each posting scores of 863 (-1). Colorado placed third at 865 (+1), while Colorado State was the only Mountain West team besides UNLV to finish ahead of Wyoming, taking fourth at 876 (+12). UNLV’s John Oda was the tournament champion, shooting 206 (-10) to lead the field.
Next on the schedule for Wyoming is the Ram Masters Invite on Sept. 19-20. Hosted by Colorado State University, the tournament will take place in Fort Collins, Colo., at the Fort Collins Country Club.