Wyoming Men's Golf Team Finishes Second in Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational

From the desk of Tim Harkins

Colorado Springs -- The Wyoming Cowboy golf team made a positive statement in its opening tournament of the  season, finishing in second place in the 50th Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational on Sunday.

Colorado, which ended the second round a stroke behind the Cowboys, shot a 287 on the final day, six strokes better than the Cowboys, who were the defending champions.

Colorado finished with a nine-under part three-day total of 855, five strokes ahead of Wyoming California-Davis was third at 861, a stroke ahead of host Air Force. New Mexico State, which finished fifth at one-under 863, was the other team in the field of 16 to finish under par.

Wyoming junior Dan Starzinski led the way for the Cowboys, tying for 12th at 214 (-2).  Junior John Murdock tied for 17th, with a final score of 216 (Even).  Sophomore Carl Underwood placed 23rd for the Pokes, shooting a three-day total of 217 (+1).  Wyoming’s two true freshmen in the starting lineup, Tyler Severin (218, +2) and Jimmy Dales (223, +7) placed 25th and 50th, respectively among the 92 golfers competing.

Daniel O’Loughlin of Colorado claimed the individual title with a seven-under par total of 209, one stroke better than Tadhg Campbell of New Mexico State, who finished with a 210 (-6).

Playing as individuals for the Pokes were true freshman Kirby Coe-Kirkham and redshirt freshman Jared Edeen.  Coe-Kirkham tied for 56th (224, +8).  Edeen tied for 76th (229, +13).  Edeen’s and Coe-Kirkham’s scores in the tournament did not count toward Wyoming’s team score.

“It was a tougher day for us, but it was fun to have a chance to win the tournament with this young group,” said head coach Joe Jensen.  “I think we learned a lot today and a lot all week and it is great to come out of this first fall tournament with a second-place finish against a strong field of teams.

      “We had some nerves this afternoon, it’s different to play under pressure but you can’t win it unless your in it and our guys did a great job in the first two rounds of putting us in a position to compete for the championship.  Even late, we were within three (strokes) and had some opportunities."

The tournament was played on the Eisenhower Golf Club Blue Course at the Air Force Academy.  The course measured 7,511 yards and played to a par of 72.

The next tournament for the Cowboys will be the Ram Masters Invitational on Sept. 17-18 hosted by Colorado State.

Team Standings
1. Colorado 285-283-287=855 (-9)
2. Wyoming 287-280-293=860 (-4)
3. UC Davis 286-292-283=861 (-3)
4. Air Force 288-288-286=862 (-2)
5. New Mexico State 284-287-292=863 (-1)
6. Northern Colorado 292-283-292=867 (+3)
7. Missouri State 296-292-283=871 (+7)
8. Weber State 285-296-292=873 (+9)
9. Abilene Christian 289-292-295=876 (+12)
10. Utah State 289-296-293=878 (+14)
11. Utah Valley State 294-292-296=882 (+18)
12. Texas State 292-297-298=887 (+23)
13. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 298-296-294=888 (+24)
14. Southern Utah 299-296-294=889 (+25)
15. Northern Iowa 301-298-296=895 (+31)
16. Drake 303-297-304=904 (+40)
Wyoming Cowboys
Tie 12th Dan Starzinski 69-73-72=214 (-2)
Tie 17th John Murdock 72-69-75=216 (Even)
Tie 23rd Carl Underwood 73-68-76=217 (+1)
Tie 25th Tyler Severin 77-70-71=218 (+2)
Tie 50th Jimmy Dales 73-75-75=223 (+7)
Wyoming Cowboys Playing as Individuals
Tie 56th Kirby Coe-Kirkham 71-73-80=224 (+8)
Tie 76th Jared Edeen 79-72-78=229 (+13)