Lickteig, Murdock Help Cowboys Finish 3rd at Cowboy Classic

CHANDLER, Ariz. _ Arron Lickteig and John Murdock tied for third place, lifting Wyoming men’s golf team to a third place at the Cowboy Classic on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cowboys with a 17-under par 847, thanks in no small part to Lickteig, a senior, and Murdock, a junior, each posting a three-round seven-under 209.

Murdock and senior Quintin Pope led the way on the final 18 holes, each carding a round of three-under 69. Pope climbed 28 spots to tie for 40th. Murdock played his cleanest round of the tournament with three birdies and no bogeys.

Lickteig also played nearly mistake-free golf, with just one bogey to go along with three birdies for a round of 70. His tie for third is Lickteig’s highest finish of the 2017-18 season. He was also one of four competitors to play the par-three holes at three-under for the tournament.

Senior Drew McCullough tallied Wyoming’s fourth score with an even-par round of 72. He finished two over, tied for 34th. Sophomore Dan Starzinski carded a final day seven-over 79 to tie for 56th overall at six over.

Senior Glenn Workman, playing as an individual, jumped up the leaderboard on the final day with a round of four-under 68 to tie for sixth. The mark tied for the second-lowest individual score of the day and left Workmann at six under overall. Freshman Carl Underwood finished 86th as an individual, but finished strong with a final round 72.

 “We had the low round of the day so that was a solid finish," said Cowboys coach Joe Jensen. "We certainly played hard and tried to catch up, but gave up a little too much in the second round. But I’m proud of the guys and how hard they played.”

UTSA charged into the team lead early Tuesday and would not relinquish its position, finishing with a total of 22-under 842 to claim the title by four strokes. Sam Houston State placed second at 846, with Wyoming a stroke behind at 847.

The individual title featured a dramatic finish, with UTSA’s Sean Meehan notching a birdie on his final hole to secure the championship by a single stroke. He finished the day with a four-under 68 and the tournament with an 11-under 205.