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Engle Ties for Second, Leads Utah Golf to Top 10 Finish

Junior Daniel Engle posts all-around career bests at Cowboy Classic.

Junior Daniel Engle posts all-around career bests at Cowboy Classic.

April 9, 2013


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Junior Daniel Engle shot a one-under 69 to tie for second place while leading the Utah golf team to a seventh-place showing at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic Tuesday. Utah shot an even-par 280 in the final round, improving 28 strokes from Monday's opening-round 308 in the weather-shortened event.

Engle's second-place finish was a career best. His final-round 69 was a career-best by the number and tied his career best in relation to par at one-under. Engle finished the tournament with an even-par 140 after posting a one-over 71 on Monday.

Every Ute improved from Monday's windy opening round, with three Utah players besting their own score by at least ten strokes. Sophomore Brandon Kida shot a 69 Tuesday to tie his career-low round and earn his second top-25 finish of the season, tying for 25th with a 147 (78-69).

Junior Casey Halliday carded a 149 (77-72), while freshman Jonathon Thomas improved 10 strokes on Tuesday for a final score of 154 (82-72). Junior Ben Bankhead bounced back impressively, shooting an even-par 70 on Tuesday to finish with a 155 after an opening-round 85.

"It was a great tournament for us," said head coach Randall McCracken. "Finishing seventh out of 24 teams feels great. Monday was a tough day, with winds blowing at an excess of 50 mph. But the guys really did a great job of hanging in there, through hard conditions, and putting us in a nice position at the end of the first day. I think their performance yesterday was even more impressive than their performance on Tuesday."

It was the fourth top-10 of the year for the Utes, who had their best showing since posting a third-place finish at the UTEP Invitational in October. The team's even-par 280 on Tuesday marked its best round since registering an even-par final round in that tournament as well.



Monday's second round was cancelled due to high winds, shortening the event to just 36 holes.

Utah golf's next challenge will be April 29- May 1, at the Pac-12 Championships at the L.A. Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

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