Golfers Headed to Fort Collins for Ram Masters Invitational Monday/Tuesday

LARAMIE — The Cowboys golf team, coming off a second-place finish in Air Force’s Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational last weekend, will return to the links at the Ram Masters Invitational in Fort Collins on Monday and Tuesday. 

Hosted by Colorado State, the tournament format will consist of two 18-hole rounds on Monday, and a single round on Tuesday.

“Coming off last week, I feel good and am really proud of the kids for a second-place finish,” said coach Joe Jensen.  “I love the fact that we had a chance to win, and it was great for our kids to gain that experience.  I love the fact that all the guys competed well on the final day with the pressure of leading the tournament heading into that final round.

Wyoming is among 17 teams in the event. The other 16 are Cal State Fullerton, Colorado State, Denver, Idaho, Illinois State, Long Beach State, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Omaha, Rice, Sam Houston State, Seattle, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Washington State, Wichita State and Colorado.

The Cowboys placed third out of 19 teams in the Ram Masters in 2017, shooting a three-round score of 847 (+7) on the Fort Collins Country Club course.  The team champion was host Colorado State followed by second-place Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC). 

Cowboy senior John Murdock led the way for the Pokes with a second-place finish and a final score of 204 (-6).  Individual medalist honors went to UMKC’s Francois Lagraulet, who shot a 201 (-9).      

“What we want to do this week is stick with our consistent process,” said Jensen. “We’ve had a good week of school.  We’ll have a good week of prep leading up to this tournament.  We are just trying to create a consistent routine week in and week out -- don’t get too high or too low.     

“This is another really good tournament field.  I love our fall schedule.  I love it being regional.  This upcoming few days will be fun.  We’ll practice Friday and Saturday.  The guys will get to enjoy the football game here on Saturday.  We have a donor dinner Saturday night and then off we go on Sunday morning for the practice round.  We’re only able to do that because it is a regional event.  I also feel the regional nature of our fall schedule helps our guys with school.  It gives them an opportunity to get off to a good start to the semester.”