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Interview with Cowboy golfer Gabe Maier prior to the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championship, 5-2-11
Photos from the 2011 NCAA Golf Regional Tournament
2010-11 (Senior): Maier had an excellent senior season earning his second consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament bid, the first Cowboy to do so since current PGA golfer David Hearn from 1999-2002. Maier also became the third Cowboy to earn All-Mountain West Conference honors. He also became the 10th Cowboy in school history to be named all-conference. He recorded a total of five top-15 finishes during the spring including three top five finishes. Maier concluded the spring season with one of his best performances placing in a tie for seventh place (212, -1) at the MWC Championship, including holding the 36-hole lead. He carried the fifth-best stroke average in the MWC of 72.00. Maier also tied the UW school record low round of 7-under twice at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic (63) and the Denver Desert Shootout (65). During the fall of 2010 he placed in the top 20 of every event he entered. His best finish came in the 104-man Air Force Falcon Invite where he placed in a tie for third with a three-round total of 213 (-3). He also shot his best round of the fall at that tournament with a four-under par 68. He also placed in the top 10 at the weather-shortened Nebraska Invitational with a 144 (E). He finished the fall season with the seventh best stroke average in the Mountain West Conference of 72.23. Maier has competed in all 49 events during his Cowboy career.
2009-10 (Junior): Maier had an exceptional junior season with 10 top-25 finishes. It was highlighted by winning the 92-man UW Desert Intercollegiate and becoming the first Cowboy to win an event since 2004. He led the event from start to finish by posting rounds of 70 (-2), 68 (-4) and 70 (-2). He finished with a tournament score of 208 (-8), which matches the second best tournament score in UW history. Following the Desert Intercollegiate, Maier peaked with a No. 46 national ranking in the GolfStat Cup. Following his victory in the Desert Intercollegiate Maier went on to record four top-15 finishes including a fourth place finish at the Mizzou Tiger Intercollegiate with three round total of 214 (-2). Maier carried his mid season success to the final two tournaments of the season. At the MWC Championship he posted a three round total of 214 (+1) which was good enough to tie him for 12th place. His great junior season earned him a spot at the NCAA Regional Tournament where he posted another top-25 finish, placing 24th with a three round total of 220 (+4). Maier was the fifth Cowboy to reach the NCAA Regional Tournament and the first since Mike Urbatchka in 2002. Maier finished the season with the fifth best stroke average in the MWC of 71.83. He placed in the top-25 in 10 of 12 events during the season and placed in the top-10 of four events. Maier also earned a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar Honor from the Golf Coaches Association of America for his work in the classroom. For the third consecutive season he was named Academic All-Conference.
2008-09 (Sophomore): During his sophomore season, Maier played in all 12 tournaments for the Cowboys. He finished in the top 25 of two different events, the Air Force Falcon Invite (tie 17th) and the Barona Collegiate Cup (tie 11th). On the year he carried a stroke average of 75.63 and shot par or better seven times. Maier also excelled in the classroom and was named Academic All-MWC for the second consecutive year. During the summer of 2009, Maier was the lowest amateur in the 156-man Colorado Open. He also won the Wyoming State Golf Amateur.
2007-08 (Freshman): As a true freshman, Maier was the Cowboys' most consistent player with a team best stroke average of 74.66. He played all 13 events of his freshman season, while finishing in the top 25 in five of those tournaments. His lowest round of the season was a 69 (-3) at the BYU Cougar Classic in the spring. On the season he shot eight rounds of par or better golf. His best tournament finish came at the New Mexico Tucker Invitational, where he finished 15th with a three-round score of 220 (+4). His second best tournament finish came at the Nelson Invitational, where he finished 17th with a score of 228 (+15). At the 2008 Mountain West Conference Championships, Maier was the Cowboys' top finisher as he placed 18th with a score of 218 (+5). Maier contributed in Hawaii to the Cowboys recording the third-best team round in school history, 278 (-10), and the third-best team event total at UW, 859 (-5). Maier also excelled in the classroom and was named Academic All-Mountain West Conference.
High School: In 2006, Maier placed third at the Wyoming 4A State Championship as a senior. He also placed third at the state tournament as a junior. Gabe was a three-time All-Conference and All-State selection, as well as his high school team's MVP for three years. He played well on a national junior level, earning the distinction of Pepsi Junior Series Player of the Year in the Rocky Mountain Region during the summer of 2006. Gabe was a Junior America's Cup team member in 2006 and played in the Westfield Junior PGA Championships. In 2005 he made the cut at the Canadian National Junior Championship, the only 16-18 year old American to do so. Maier earned letter awards four years in golf and also lettered on the Cody HS hockey team as a junior.
Personal: Gabe was born in Mount Vernon, Wash. on Nov. 10, 1988. His mother is Coletta Maier and he is the youngest of three children. Gabe is majoring in business administration. He is left-handed.