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The state-of-the-art facility was funded entirely with private gifts
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Video interviews with head men's coach Joe Jensen and head women's coach Josey Stender about the 2011-12 Wyoming golf season.
Interview with Cowboy golf coach Joe Jensen prior to the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championship, 5-2-11
Photos from the 2011 NCAA Golf Regional Tournament
The Wyoming Cowboy golf program is in its' 17th season under the direction of Joe Jensen. In addition to serving as the head coach of the men's golf program, Jensen is in his eleventh year as Director of UW Men's & Women's Golf.
Jensen has directed the Cowboy golf program during one of the most competitive eras in UW's 70-year men's golf history. Under Jensen's direction the Cowboys have set school records for low individual round and event score, as well as low team round and event score.
A native of Lander, Wyo. and a former member of the UW golf team, Jensen earned his bachelor's degree in arts and sciences from the University of Wyoming in 1998 and completed his MBA at UW in December of 2006.
In addition to his coaching duties, Jensen manages and is the head golf professional at Glenn "Red" Jacoby Golf Club at the University of Wyoming. Jensen, 45 (born April 10, 1970) was hired as the Cowboy golf coach on Dec. 7, 2001 and named Director of Wyoming Golf on Aug. 18, 2005.
"I'm excited about my role as director of both Wyoming Golf programs," Jensen said. "We are working hard and I'm pleased with the direction of both the men's and women's programs.
"It's such a privilege to be a part of the Wyoming Athletics program and to bring student-athletes to UW and Laramie. I enjoy working at the school I graduated from, in my home state, and in a place where I have so many friends and family."
Jensen was a member of the Cowboy golf team during the 1992-93 season, turned professional in 1993, and became an assistant golf pro at the Jacoby Golf Club. During his six years in that position, he was responsible for the daily operation of the course. His duties also included serving as an assistant coach with the golf team.
In 1999, Jensen moved to the Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club in Windsor, Colo., where he was a golf assistant until he was hired by Wyoming. There he assisted in the daily operation of the golf course and coordinated a number of golf tournaments. He also taught group and junior golf lessons. In addition to his golf club duties, he was a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and later worked for the Bank of Colorado/Raymond James Financial Services in Fort Collins, Colo.
The 2013-14 season was another successful year for the Cowboys. Jensen guided the Pokes to a second-consecutive team victory at the Battle of the Tetons, his second win as head coach of the Cowboys. Junior Kamrin Allen shot a 210 (-6) to earn his first individual title as a Cowboy, it also marked the fifth individual event victory with Jensen as coach. Wyoming also turned in a third-place finish at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite. The pokes were led by senior Brent Baylon who tied his career-best 69 (-3) in the final round and finished tied for 10th place with fellow senior Eddie Stewart. Freshman Ryan Wallen became the first Cowboy to lead the team at the Mountain West Conference Championship since Gabe Maier in 2008. Wallen shot a career-best 218 (+5) to finish tied 18th. The Cowboys also earned their second-consecutive NCAA Public Recognition Award for its outstanding Academic Progress Rate (APR) that finished ranked in the top 10 percent of all NCAA teams in their respective sport.
Jensen once again led UW to success on and off the course during the 2012-13 season. Success on the course included the Cowboys winning their first tournament since 2000, when UW took the team title at the Battle in the Tetons with a school-record 847 (-17). Also at that event, junior Eddie Stewart took the first individual medalist honors since 2009. It was the fourth individual event victory during Jensen's tenure. Stewart's 208 (-8) also tied for the third-best tournament score in school history.
Jensen directed the 2012-13 Cowboys to their fourth-consecutive Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic team award for having a team grade point average of 3.0 or better. The Cowboys were one of 79 teams honored from NCAA Division I and one of just two schools from the Mountain West in 2012-13. Junior Eric Parish was also named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Parish was the 10th Cowboy to receive the prestigious honor.
The 2011-12 Cowboys had a team GPA of 3.39. Cowboys Jake Hedge, Eric Parish, Case Ruff and Eddie Stewart earned Academic All-Mountain West honors. Parish and Ruff also earned MW Scholar-Athlete awards. He also helped junior Clinton Boutelle to a 15th place finish at the Mountain West Championship.
In 2010-11 Jensen directed senior Gabe Maier to his second consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. Maier was the first Cowboy since current PGA tour player David Hearn to earn consecutive NCAA Regional appearances. Maier also tied the school record low round at the Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., firing a 63 (-7). For the third consecutive season Jensen helped lead the Cowboys to a Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic team. Cowboys Phil Henzlik, Parish and Ruff earned Mountain West Scholar-Athlete awards. Wyoming golf also had four student-athletes selected Academic All-MW, including Henzlik, Maier, Ruff and Zach Zaremba.
The 2009-10 season was a banner year for the Cowboys as they sent their first golfer to the NCAA Regional Tournament since 2002, as well as being named a Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic team. Cowboy Gabe Maier earned UW's first NCAA Regional Tournament berth since 2002 with his 12th place finish at the Mountain West Conference Championship.
Also during the 2009-10 season the Cowboys were named a GCAA All-Academic Team with a combined GPA of 3.18. Cowboy golfers Henzlik, Maier, Zaremba and Ruff were all named Academic All-MWC. Henzlik and Ruff also earned MWC Scholar-Athlete Awards. In addition to the numerous school records, the Wyoming golf program added two individual tournament championships in 2009. Cowgirl Jonelle Martinez won the 2009 Mountain West Conference Championship and Cowboy Gabe Maier won the 2009 University of Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.
In the summer of 2009, Jensen was involved in the Palmer Cup, which is college golf's version of the Ryder Cup. The event, which pits 10 American college players against 10 college players from Europe, was played at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colo. For his efforts with the Palmer Cup, Jensen was recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America in December of that year.
In 2007, the Cowgirls hosted the first annual Cowgirl Classic during the same week as the men's event. The Cowgirls' event will be held for the ninth consecutive season during the spring of 2015 at the Ak Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. In addition to the Cowboy and Cowgirl Classics held each spring in the Phoenix area, the Cowboys began hosting the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate tournament in 2008. The sixth annual Desert Intercollegiate was held on Feb. 21-23, 2013 at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. The Classic Club is the host course of the PGA's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
In 2003, his second as head coach of the Cowboys, Jensen initiated the UW/Cleveland Golf Cowboy Classic Collegiate tournament. The event is held each spring in Scottsdale, Ariz., and hosts many of the top college golf programs in the country. The 2005 tournament marked Jensen's Cowboy squad's best finish with a second-place finish of the 20 teams in the event.
Jensen's teams annually excel in the classroom, as evident in 2005 and 2006 when Cowboy golfer Dan Silva was named a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the GCAA in back-to-back years. In 2010, Phil Henzlik, Gabe Maier and Zach Zaremba were recognized for the honor, as Parish joined the list of Cowboys named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar in 2013.
During his first two seasons as head coach, Jensen coached All-Southwest Region selection Mike Urbatchka in 2002 and All-America Scholar honoree Kurt Kowaluk in 2003. His teams have also been recognized for their efforts off the course by winning the Athletics Director Award two times. The annual award, which is based on excellence in athletics, team GPA and community service, was given to the Cowboy golf team in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Active within the community, Jensen is currently on the University of Wyoming Academic Planning Committee. He is also Chairman of the Board of the UW First Tee Chapter, a nationally recognized junior golf program primarily supported by the PGA and USTA with a curriculum of life skills and golf skills. Jensen was instrumental in organizing UW's First Tee program and served as the chapter's executive director for a year.