Cowboys Golfers Move into Lead After 2nd Round in Bid to Repeat

From the Desk of Tim Harkins

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. _ Looking to defend it's championship from a year ago, the Wyoming golf team moved into the lead after the second round of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. The Cowboys were eight-under part on Saturday, giving them a two-day, nine-under par 597 going into Sunday's finals.

Wyoming has a one=stroke lead on Colorado with New Mexico State (-5, 571) and Norhtern Colorado (-1, 575) the only other schools below par.     

Leading the way for the Cowboys on Saturday, were senior John Murdock, who shot a three-under par round of 69, and sophomore Carl Underwood, who shot a team-best four-under par round of 68.  Both Murdock and Underwood are tied for seventh place with two-round totals of three-under par 141. 

Junior Dan Starzinski, who opened the tournament with a 69 on Friday, followed that with a one-over par round of 73 on Saturday to tie for 10th place at two-under par 142 heading into Sunday’s final round.  True freshman Tyler Severin fired a two-under par round of 70 on Saturday and is tied for 39th with a three-over par score of 147. 

Fellow true freshman Jimmy Dales sits at four-over par 148 and is tied for 48th.  The individual leader of the tournament is Mike McGilton of New Mexico State, who takes a nine-under par score of 135 into Sunday’s third and final round.

Competing as individuals for the Pokes are true freshman Kirby Coe-Kirkham and redshirt freshman Jared Edeen.  Coe-Kirkham is tied for 19th with an even par total of 144.  Edeen is tied for 63rd at seven-over par 151.  Edeen’s and Coe-Kirkham’s scores in the tournament do not count toward Wyoming’s team score.

“We had another solid day, and the kids played hard,” said head coach Joe Jensen.  “I feel good about our start, particularly with several new players in the mix for us. Obviously a big day tomorrow.  It’s fun to be in the hunt.  We need to enjoy (Sunday), play relaxed, play with confidence and not put too much pressure on ourselves.  If we can stick with our process, be consistent emotionally and be consistent with our routine I think that will give us the best results at the end of the day.”

In winning the tournament championship a year ago, the Cowboys shot a 29-under par 835, five strokes better than 2018 runnerup Colorado State, and eight better than third-place Colorado. Murdock won the individual medalist with a 14-under part 202.

Team Standings After Day 2
1. Wyoming 287-280=567 (-9)
2. Colorado 285-283=568 (-8)
3. New Mexico State 284-287=571 (-5)
4. Northern Colorado 292-283=575 (-1)
5. Air Force 288-288=576 (Even)
6. UC Davis 286-292=578 (+2)
7. Weber State 285-296=581 (+5)
Abilene Christian 289-292=581 (+5)
9. Utah State 289-296=585 (+9)
10. Utah Valley State 294-292=586 (+10)
11. Missouri State 296-292=588 (+12)
12. Texas State 292-297=589 (+13)
13. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 298-296=594 (+18)
14. Southern Utah 299-296=595 (+19)
15. Northern Iowa 301-298=599 (+23)
16. Drake 303-297=600 (+24)
Wyoming Cowboys
Tie 7th John Murdock 72-69=141 (-3)
Tie 7th Carl Underwood 73-68=141 (-3)
Tie 10th Dan Starzinski 69-73=142 (-2)
Tie 39th Tyler Severin 77-70=147 (+3)
Tie 48th Jimmy Dales 73-75=148 (+4)
Wyoming Cowboys Playing as Individuals
Tie 19th Kirby Coe-Kirkham 71-73=144 (Even)
Tie 63rd Jared Edeen 79-72=151 (+7)