Cowboy Golfers Tied for 15th After 1st Round

PALM DESERT, Calif. – Senior Quintin Pope shot par 72, the lowest score on Wyoming’s five-man team in the Wyoming Desert Classic, and the men’s team was tied for 15th place after an opening round 297, nine over par, in Friday’s first-round competition.

Junior Dan Starzinski and freshman Carl Underwood, both playing as individuals, had opening rounds of 69 (-3), and are tied with five other players for 10th place.  Pope, Starzinski and Underwood each carded a team-high five birdies.

Junior John Murdock shot a 73 (+1), including back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes, and tied for 33rd. Senior Glenn Workman notched a birdie on his final hole to card a 75 (+3) and currently is  tied for 68th. Senior Arron Lickteig shot a 77 (+5), followed by senior Drew McCullough who recorded a 78 (+6).

“It’s the first round of the year, attitudes are good,” UW head coach Joe Jensen said. “Our process isn’t to be peaking in February, it’s going to take us some rounds. Truly, all is well. We’ve had a good week leading up to this tournament. Our individuals are playing so well makes us a better team and I love that. It shows me we have guys who want in the lineup and that makes us a complete team.”

No. 19 California leads the field after a first-round team score of 275 (-13). No. 9 Texas Tech is in second place, nine strokes behind after a team score of 284 (-4). Colorado is in third with a mark of 287 (-1), followed by No. 21 UCLA after a 289 (+1). Tennessee and UC Riverside are tied for fifth with scores of 290 (+2).

Peyton Wilhoit of Southern Illinois made a late charge to the front of the pack to finish the day with a 66 (-6). Wilhoit carded six birdies and no bogeys. Cal’s Sebastian Crampton is in second after a first-round 67 (-5), followed by his teammates Collin Morikawa and Jamie Cheatham, along with four others, with rounds of 68 (-4).

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