Cowboys Three Strokes off Pace In Opening Day at the Miranda Invitational

From the Desk of Tim Harkins

Colorado Springs --  Wyoming's golf team shot an opening-round one-under part 287, and found themselves in fifth place, three strokes back of first place New Mexico State after the first day of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.

New Meixco State shot an opening round four-under part 284, followeed by Weber State and Colorado, tied for second, at a three-under part 285 with UC Davis fourth at two-under 286.  

Wyoming junior Dan Starzinski fired a three-under par 69 to tie for third place.  Cowboy senior John Murdock, who is the defending individual champion of the tournament, opened with an even-par round 72 and is in a tie for 21st.  The individual leader on Friday was Tadhg Campbell of New Mexico State, who fired a five-under par round of 67, one stroke better than his Aggie teammate Mike McGilton (-4, 68) and Ryan Han of UC Davis (-4, 68), and two strokes ahead of Starzinski.  Wyoming sophomore Carl Underwood and true freshman Jimmy Dales each shot one-over par rounds of 73.  Another true freshman, Tyler Severin finished his first collegiate round of golf with a five-over par 77.  Only the four best individual scores in each round count toward a team’s score

A pair of other Cowboys are competing as individuals in this year’s tournament.  True freshman Kirby Coe-Kirkham fired a one-under par round of 71.  Kirkham is tied for 10th place.  Redshirt freshman Jared Edeen completed the first round with a seven-over par score of 79. Edeen’s and Coe-Kirkham’s scores in the tournament will not count toward Wyoming’s team score.

“I didn’t really know what to expect with a younger team going into the first tournament of the season, but for the most part it was a good solid start in our first round,” said University of Wyoming Director of Golf and Head Coach Joe Jensen.  “It is a tightly-bunched field, and so that is encouraging that we are in that top group of teams.

“Dan (Starzinski) played well.  John (Murdock) didn’t really get a lot going, but still shot an even-par round for the day.  Carl (Underwood0 played solid.  Jimmy (Dales) played a good solid first round of his college career, and Kirby (Coe-Kirkham) played well at the individual spot.   

“I feel good about where we are at heading into Saturday, and I’m proud of the guys.  We have a lot of new guys, and so we are kind of an unknown to start the season, but it’s fun to be in this position in a tightly-bunched field. "  

Wyoming is the defending team champion, shooting a 29-under par score of 835 to win the 2017 Gene Miranda by five strokes over second-place Colorado State (-24, 840) and by eight strokes over third-place Colorado (-21, 843).  Wyoming’s Murdock won individual medalist honors in 2017 with a 14-under par score of 202 over the three-day event.

The tournament is being played on the Eisenhower Golf Club Blue Course at the Air Force Academy.  The course measures 7,511 yards and plays to a par of 72.  Saturday’s second round tee times for Wyoming will run from 9 to 9:36 a.m., M.T., with the third and final round to be played on Sunday.  The final round will tee off from 7:15-9:15 a.m.