April 10, 2006
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- UC Davis junior Louie Bishop was just one of nine players to break par during Monday's first 36 holes of the Wyoming Cowboy Classic and is currently tied for fourth place at 2-under 138 - just one shot out of the lead - heading into Tuesday's final round at the par 70, 7,133-yard event being played at Talking Stick North Course.
Bishop, who shot rounds of 3-under 67 and 1-over 71 during the first two rounds, led the UC Davis men's golf team to a 13th-place showing on Monday. UC Davis fired team scores of 7-over 287 in the morning round before carding a collective score of 289 in the afternoon for a 576 total.
Bishop's 67 is a season-low score and marked the third time during the 2005-06 season he has broke 70. Bishop is tied with Nick Park of Arizona and Corey Steger of Wyoming at 138, just one shot off the lead currently shared by Danny Bowen and Ben Kreger of New Mexico State, and Nick Drane of Kennesaw State.
Bowen and Kreger helped send New Mexico State to the top of the team standings after Monday's rounds with the New Mexico State finishing the day at 1-under 559, good enough for a four-shot lead over Arizona, North Texas and host Wyoming.
UC Davis, while sitting in 13th place, is only one shot behind Kennesaw State, two behind Southern Utah and three back of Nebraska. Just nine shots separate the sixth through 13th-place teams. The Aggies lead UCLA by two shots.
Four of the five Aggie players shot at least 3-over or better in the first two rounds. Ramie Sprinkling and Matt Muscara each had rounds of 1-over 71, with Sprinkling firing his in the first round on his way to a tie for 40th at 144 and Muscara rebounding from an opening 76 to shoot 71 in the afternoon and move into a tie for 60th at 147.
Teammate Nate Pistacchio is also tied for 60th, carding rounds of 73 and 74. Erik Hill is tied for 87th at 151, highlighting his day with a 75 in the second round.
Twenty-one teams are entered in the tournament which concludes with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.
WYOMING COWBOY CLASSIC
Talking Stick North Course (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
par 70, 7,133 yards
UC Davis results only
TEAM (top 5 plus UCD) - 1. New Mexico State, 280-279-559; T2. Arizona, 285-278-563; North Texas, 287-276-563; Wyoming, 278-285-563; 5. Grand Canyon, 282-282-565... 13. UC Davis, 287-289-576.
INDIVIDUAL (top 5 plus UCD) - T1. Danny Bowen, NMSU, 69-68-137; Nick Drane, KSU, 71-66-137; Ben Kreger, NMSU, 67-70-137; T4. Nick Park, Ariz., 68-70-138; Louie Bishop, UCD,67-71-138; Corey Steger, 70-68-138... Other UCD: T40. Ramie Sprinkling, 71-73-144; T60. Nate Pistacchio, 73-74-147; T60. Matt Muscara, 76-71-147; T87. Erik Hill, 76-75-151.