Wallen Leads UW on Day One at Paintbrush Invite

PARKER, Colo. – Senior Ryan Wallen led the Wyoming men’s golf team with a solid effort on the first day of competition at the University of Denver’s inaugural Paintbrush Invitational, which was suspended due to darkness late in Monday’s second round. The Cowboys are currently eighth place in the field of 15 teams, with Wallen tied for 11th in the field of 88 golfers at 2-under par. Each Cowboy will complete the final two holes of the second round on Tuesday morning then proceed to the 18-hole final round.

“It’s a nice event and we’re playing hard,” head coach Joe Jensen said Monday evening. “We’re charging, and we’ll come out and finish round two tomorrow.”

Wallen carded a 69 (-3) on the first 18 at the Colorado Golf Club, tying for the third-best score in the first round. Glenn Workman followed up his solid performance at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite with a first-round 71 (-1) on Monday. He is currently tied with teammate John Murdock for 33rd place (+3) at the event. Murdock, competing in Wyoming’s starting lineup for the second time in his collegiate career, posted an even-par 72 in the first round.

Junior Arron Lickteig is tied for 51st after registering a first-round 77 (+5). He ended the day with an eagle on the par-five seventh hole and has a second-round score of 65 with two par-four holes remaining.

After a first-round 79 (+7), Drew McCullough bounced back in the second round of competition with two birdies as well as an eagle on the 16th hole. With two holes remaining before the final round begins, McCullough is tied for 67th place with a score of 145 (+9). 

Oklahoma State led the team standings before darkness stopped play, recording a team score of 533 (-7) with some players having as many as four holes left to play in the first round. Texas Tech and New Mexico are tied for second place (-6), while Petter Mikalsen of host school Denver holds the individual lead at 126 (-9) with two holes left to play in round two.

A shotgun start will resume competition at 8:30 a.m. MT Tuesday. After completing the second round, the Cowboys will compete in an 18-hole final at the Colorado Golf Club. Follow @wyo_golf on Twitter for additional updates.