Cowboy Golfers Headed to Tournaments in Colorado, New Mexico

Laramie, Wyo -- The Cowboys golf team is headed into a week in which it will play in tournaments in Colorado and New Mexico.

The Cowboys will participate in the 9th Annual Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational hosted by the University of Colorado on Monday and Tuesday, followed by the William H. Tucker Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico Sept. 28-29.

“Obviously the next two tournaments will be really good fields.  CU will have some Pac-12 teams, and New Mexico’s tournament is always a good national field,” said Cowboys coach Joe Jensen.  “Looking into the CU tournament, we’ll be looking to get more consistency out of some of our players.  Dan (Starzinsk) is of course coming off a tournament win, so I just want to see him continue to maintain his focus and continue to play his game.

 “This will be a little bit of a unique week in that we will be playing two tournaments.  We’ll have seven playing at CU, five playing for the team and two individuals, and then they all know that I’ll pick the five who will be going on to the New Mexico tournament after we see the results at CU.”

The Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational will be played on the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo.  The course measures 7,676 yards and plays to a par of 72. The Cowboys are one of 16 teams entere in the tournament.

The others are Cal-Baptist, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Colorado, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon, Houston Baptist, Northern Colorado, Pacific, Southern Utah, Stephen F. Austin, UC-Riverside, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley State and Individuals only from: Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State, UCLA, Utah and Wyoming.

Wyoming goes into the tournament ranked No. 83 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings. Other ranked teams entered are  Utah (53), Grand Canyon (67), Colorado (70) and Northern Colorado (93).

he Cowboys placed third out of 20 teams in the Mark Simpson Invitational in 2017, shooting a three-round score of 846 (-18).  The team champion was Utah, which won on a tiebreaker over host Colorado.  Both teams shot 54-hole totals of 842 (-22). 

 Current Cowboy senior John Murdock led the way for Wyoming with a fifth-place finish, firing a 209 (-7), including a final round of 68 (-4).  Former Cowboy Quintin Pope tied for ninth at 210 (-6).  The individual champion was Kyler Dunkle of Utah, who won by two strokes with a score of 202 (-14).