Boutelle In Position For Top-15 Finish At MW Championships

May 5, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. -

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Junior Clinton Boutelle led the Wyoming Cowboy golf team with an even-par 71 in the second round of the Mountain West Championships on Saturday, in Tucson, Ariz. Boutelle's 71 moved him up one place on the leaderboard tying him for 14th place of the 40-man field with a score of 143 (+1). He has positioned himself for his best career finish at the championship, his previous best came his freshman year of 2009 when he tied for 17th place. As a team the Cowboys shot a second round 296 (+12) and are tied with Air Force for seventh place of the eight-team field with a score of 590 (+22).

"I am happy with how Clinton played today he has positioned himself for a nice finish," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "After 12 holes we were only one-over par as a team and we had a poor back nine. We still have a chance to finish sixth tomorrow. We have to make up some shots but I know we can. I would be happy with a sixth place finish because the top five teams are all going to the post season."

Boutelle led the Cowboys in scoring, but redshirt freshman Eddie Stewart was one stroke behind him shooting a one-over 72. Stewart finished the round tied in 21st place with a 36-hole score of 146 (+4). Sophomore Eric Parish was the next highest finisher shooting a 76 (+5) to finish with a two-round score of 150 (+8) which tied him for 31st place. Senior Mike May shot a second round 77 (+6) and finished tied for 34th place with a score of 151 (+9). Fellow senior Casey Ruff carded a second round 79 (+8) to finish with a final tally of 158 (+15) giving him 40th place.

"Eddie also had a good round today," Jensen said. "It is going to be difficult tomorrow, but I know Clinton and Eddie can go out and play well."

Two San Diego State golfers, Tom Berry and Alex Kang, lead the championship with scores of 137 (-5). Tying in third place with scores of 138 (-4) are Colorado State's Zahkai Brown and Kirby Pettitt as well as TCU's Julien Brun and Johan de Beer.

Leading the team scoring is San Diego State with a two-round score of 558 (-10). Following SDSU is New Mexico in second place with a score of 563 (-5), Colorado State is in third (567, -1), TCU in fourth (568, E) and UNLV rounds out the top five with a score of 569 (+1).

The championship is being played at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club-Catalina Course that measures 7,144 yards and plays a par 71.

The Cowboys will conclude the championship tomorrow, May 6, with team times beginning at 8 a.m. MT and concluding at 8:32 a.m. MT.