April 12, 2005
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The University of Texas, El Paso fired a final round of 4-under, 276, as it led wire-to-wire to captured the 2005 Wyoming Cowboy Classic Tuesday played on the par 70, 7,133-yard Talking Stick-North Golf Course.
UC Davis, which had won both of its tournaments over the past two weeks, fired its best round of the tournament on Tuesday, a 2-under, 278, to finish eight strokes off the pace in third place.
UTEP (840) was the only team to fire two rounds under par for the tournament, carried a three-shot lead over Wyoming (847) and Drake (860) into the final round before finishing with a seven-stroke victory over the host Cowboys. The Aggies (848) had a chance late in the round, but dropped some shots late for their fourth top 3 finish of the season.
Individually, Utah's Steve Newren fired an even-par, 70, for a three-round score of 3-under, 207, to take a one-stroke victory over UTEP's Trent Rommann (208) and Wyoming's Eric Baily (208). There was a four-way tie for fourth, including first-day leader Mike Schnegelberger (209), whose final round 73 put him two strokes off the lead.
The Aggies were led by sophomore Steven Strong (210), who shot 72 on the final round to finished the tournament even-par. Senior Jay Westerlund just missed out on a top 20 finish as his two-day score of 4-over, 214, put him in a tie for 21st.
Junior Erik Hill (214) shot the low round of the day for the Aggies with a 4-under, 66, also the low Aggie round of the tournament. His two-day score matched that of Westerlund in a tie for 21st. Sophomore Louie Bishop (216) and senior Eric Restrepo (216) finished in a tie for 34th, although Restrepo's final day score of 2-under 68 was his lowest round of the tournament.
Prior to the start of the tournament, the Aggies received some good news as they reached a ranking of 49 according to GolfWeek's latest ranking. It marked the first time the Aggies have cracked the top 50 in the GolfWeek rankings.
UC Davis will conclude the 2005 season April 22-23 when it competes in the Ping Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah.
UC DAVIS GOLF
Wyoming Cowboy Classic
April 11-12, 2005
FINAL TEAM SCORES: 1. Texas, El Paso, 840; 2. Wyoming, 847; 3. UC DAVIS, 848; 4. UCLA (B), 849; 5. Utah, 854; 6. Arizona (B), 855; 7. Idaho, 859; 8. Drake, 860; T9. UC Santa Barbara, 863; T9. Boise State, 863; 11. Grand Canyon, 865; 12. Northern Colorado, 870; 13. Morehead State, 871; 14. Utah State, 873; 15. Weber State, 874; 16. Arkansas-Little Rock, 880; T17. Western Kentucky, 883; T17. Southern Utah, 883; 19. Air Force, 887; 20. Texas Pan American.
FINAL INDIVIDUAL SCORES (top 5 plus UC Davis): 1. Steve Newren, Utah, 207; T2. Trent Rommann, UTEP, 208; T2. Eric Baily, Wyoming, 208; T4. Dustin Pimm, Utah, 209; T4. Zac Hildenbrand, UTEP, 209; T4. Mike Schnegelberger, Drake, 209; T4. Brett Carter, Arizona (B), 209... T8. Steven Strong, 210; T21. Jay Westerlund, 214; T21. Erik Hill, 214; T34. Eric Restrepo, 216; T34. Louie Bishop, 216.