Cowboys Golf Team Closes Out Fall Season In Hawaii
From the desk of Tim Harkins
Wyoming Cowboy Golf will wrap up its 2018 fall season this Friday-Sunday at the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational hosted by the University of Hawai’i. The tournament will be played on the Royal Ka’anapali Course at the Ka’anapali Golf Club in Lahaina, Maui.
This weekend’s tournament is the sixth tournament of the fall season for the Cowboys. The tournament format will feature an 18-hole round each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Pokes have enjoyed an outstanding fall season, including the following highlights:
•A team best second-place finish at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational hosted by the Air Force Academy.
•The Cowboys finished in the top half of all five fall tournaments to date.
•Junior Dan Starzinski captured the individual medalist honors at the Ram Masters Invitational hosted by Colorado State.
•Starzinski placed in the Top 25 of all five fall tournaments, heading into the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational this week.
•Senior John Murdock also had a Top 10 finish, placing sixth at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational.
•Murdock posted three Top 20 finishes during the fall season.
•The third Cowboy to post multiple Top 25 finishes during the fall was true freshman Kirby Coe-Kirkham. He had three Top 25 finishes, including a 13th-place showing at the William H. Tucker Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico and a 14th-place finish at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational.
•Sophomore Carl Underwood and true freshman Tyler Severin also placed in the Top 25 at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, finishing 23rd and 25th, respectively.
Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational Features Top Teams
This week’s Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational field will feature four Top 25 ranked teams and eight Top 50 ranked teams based on the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Men’s College Team Ratings. Those ranked teams include: Oklahoma (No. 6), Georgia (10), Clemson (11), California (25), North Florida (28), Kansas (31), South Carolina (34), West Virginia (41).
Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational Field
•Air Force, Boise State, California, Clemson, Connecticut, George Washington, Georgia, Gonzaga, Hawai’i, Houston, Kansas, North Florida, Oklahoma, Sacramento State, South Carolina, Southern Illinois, UCLA Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming
•Royal Ka’anapali Golf Course at Ka’anapali Golf Club
•6,700 yards, Par 71
•Friday, Nov. 2, 12:30 p.m., M.T., Shotgun start, 18 holes
•Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:30 p.m., M.T., Shotgun start, 18 holes
•Sunday, Nov. 4, 12:30 p.m., M.T., Shotgun start, 18 holes
Quotes from University of Wyoming Director of Golf and Head Men’s Golf Coach Joe Jensen.
“The Ka’anapali tournament is a really nice event,” said Joe Jensen. “Last year was the first time we had played in this event in a long time, and we weren’t as well prepared for all the travel and the national quality of field as I would have liked.
“While we don’t have a lot of returners from last year, we are going to create a more consistent process this year for our team and try and treat it like we would any other tournament.
“Tournaments like this are opportunities. It is an opportunity to go beat some ranked teams. If you can go in and be competitive, it is going to help our team down the road.
“Certainly for our veterans, John (Murdock) and Dan (Starzinski), it also gives them an opportunity to improve their national ranking if they play well.
“We were fortunate to get one individual in the tournament in addition to our five players who will count toward the team score. I feel like I have six guys in the mix, so I’m glad we are able to take six players to this event. We’ll decide on the lineup of the five who will play for the team once we get over there and see how everybody is playing.”