Poke Golfers finished third at Denver Invitational

Wyoming's Tyler Severin Image by Wyoming Athletics Media Relations

Another strong team effort by the Wyoming Cowboy golf team earned the Pokes a third-place finish at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate on Sunday in Highlands Ranch, Colo.  It is the third top five tournament finish of the 2019 fall season for the Cowboys.  UW finished at 850 (-2).  The Cowboys had four individuals place in the top 20, led by sophomore Kirby Coe-Kirkham, who tied for seventh with a three-round total of 208 (-5).

In addition to Coe-Kirkham’s seventh-place finish, sophomore Tyler Severin and junior Carl Underwood tied for 13th place at 214 (+1) and senior Dan Starzinski tied for 19th at 217 (+4) to give the Cowboys four individuals in the top 20.  Junior Bryce Waters tied for 27th at 220 (+7) to complete Wyoming’s scoring for the tournament.  Wyoming’s Liam Clancy and Jared Edeen also competed as individuals at the Moore Intercollegiate.  Clancy tied for 31st at 222 (+9), and Edeen tied for 37th at 224 (+11).

Host Denver won the team title at this year’s Ron Moore Intercollegiate at 846 (-6) four strokes ahead of the Cowboys.  North Dakota State finished second at 849 (-3) just one stroke ahead of Wyoming.  The individual medalist honors were shared by Jackson Solem of Denver and Jack Castiglia of Northern Colorado, who both fired 54-hole totals of 204 (-9).

The third-place showing at the Ron Moore Invitational for the Cowboys combined with a second-place finish at the Ram Masters Invitational and a fifth-place finish at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational gives Wyoming its third top-five tournament placing in four fall tournaments this year.

“The guys played really hard these last three days.  We just needed a few more putts to fall today,” said Joe Jensen, University of Wyoming Director of Golf and Head Men’s Golf Coach.  “We played solid, but no one really got on a roll today.  We’ve been in contention in three of our four fall tournaments, and I feel good about the three strong finishes we’ve had. 

“If we take the process that we had this week and can repeat that the rest of the year, we will have some really good days.  I’m excited to see what we can do the next two days at CU’s tournament.”

For Coe-Kirkam it marked his second top 10 finish and third top 20 finish of the season.  It was Starzinski’s third top 20 finish of the fall.  Underwood recorded his second top 20 finish this season, and Severin notched his first top 20 showing this fall.

The Ron Moore Intercollegiate was played on the University of Denver Golf Club in Highlands Ranch, Colo.  The course measured 7,285 yards and played to a Par of 71. 

Wyoming will continue its fall schedule in the state of Colorado tomorrow, when they tee off at 8:15 a.m. at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational being hosted by the University of Colorado at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo.  The tournament will begin with two 18-hole rounds being played on Monday, Oct. 7 and will conclude with a final round on Tuesday, Oct. 8.  Colorado National measures 7,676 yards and plays to a Par 72.

Team Standings

1.   Denver                                276-285-285=846 (-6)

2.   North Dakota State             282-281-286=849 (-3)

3.   Wyoming                           276-288-286=850 (-2)

4.   Denver (B)                           280-290-281=851 (-1)

5.   Northern Colorado              293-282-279=854 (+2)

6.   Weber State                        290-285-280=855 (+3)

7.   Colgate                               301-281-289=871 (+19)

8.   Idaho                                  297-296-286=879 (+27)

9.   North Dakota                      320-307-306=933 (+81)

Wyoming Cowboys

Tie 7th        Kirby Coe-Kirkham 65-72-71=208 (-5)

Tie 13th      Tyler Severin           70-71-73=214 (+1)

Tie 13th      Carl Underwood      71-72-71=214 (+1)

Tie 19th      Dan Starzinski         73-73-71=217 (+4)

Tie 27th      Bryce Waters           70-76-74=220 (+7)

Wyoming Cowboys Playing as Individuals

Tie 31st       Liam Clancy             74-73-75=222 (+9)

Tie 37th      Jared Edeen            78-72-74=224 (+11)