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.
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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 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.