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.
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.