Pope Leads Cowboy Golfers to 9th in Desert Tourney

PALM DESERT, Calif.  – Senior Quintin Pope’s consistent play in the three days of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate allowed the Cowboys to finish ninth in a field of 23 teams in its first competition of the season.

Pope, a native of Cheyenne, had birdies on the final three holes Sunday, giving him a final round score of two under par 70 and a 54-hole score of 213. He tied for 18th with fellow Cowboy Dan Starzinki, who competed as an individual. Starzinski, who shot a 69 and 64 in the first two rounds, fell to an 80 on Sunday.

The Cowboy golfers in the team competition compiled a final round of four-over par 292, finishing with a 54-hole total of nine-over par 873.

“Overall, it was a really great event,” said Joe Jensen, Wyoming director of golf and men’s head coach. “It was a large and talented field. We did a lot of good things and found areas where we can improve. We didn’t play the difficult holes well but that’s to be expected early in the year. I’m pleased with a top 10 finish in a really tough field.”

Junior John Murdock tied for 33rd place, posting a final-round 73 (+1) to end the tournament with a 54-hole score of even par 216. Senior Glenn Workman tied for 53rd place, shooting 75 for a three-day 221. Senior Drew McCullough finished with a 74 on Sunday, recording a three-day total of 224. Fellow senior Aaron Lickteig rounded out the Cowboy lineup by taking a share of 83rd with a score of 225 (+9).

Carl Underwood, who like Starzinski competed as an indivudal, finished at 224, tied for 71st.

 Cal won the team title at 817, 20 points ahead of second-place Texas Tech.

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