HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — The University of Wyoming men’s golf team remains in contention for the team title at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate.

The Cowboys are in third place after Saturday’s round, and three strokes back of leader Denver and one stroke back of second-place North Dakota State.

UW will enter today’s final round with a team total of 564 (4 under par). The host Denver Pioneers sit at 561 and North Dakota State is at 563 at the University of Denver Golf Club.

UW sophomore Kirby Coe-Kirkham is also vying for an individual title entering the final 18 holes tied for second place with a score of 137 (5 under). He is one stroke behind Northern Colorado’s Jack Castigilia and tied with North Dakota State’s Van Holmgren.

Coe-Kirkham shot a 72 on Saturday to go with his 65 round to open the tournament on Friday.

The Cowboys have two other individuals in the top 15. Sophomore Tyler Severin is tied for 10th at 141, and junior Carl Underwood is tied for 15th at 143. UW’s other two team members are tied for 24th. Senior Dan Starzinski and junior Bryce Waters have 36-hole scores of 146.

Two more Cowboys are playing as individuals. Redshirt freshman Liam Clancy is tied for 30th at 147, and sophomore Jared Edeen is tied for 36th at 150.

“We started fine and then had a tough middle part of our round (Saturday), but I was proud of the way the guys fought back,” said Joe Jensen, UW director of golf and men’s golf coach. “Kirby finished a little tough, but he is only one shot out of the lead.

“We were two-under as a team at one point in the second round and were as high as five over, but I liked the way the guys hung in there and kept us in contention. They did a good job of encouraging each other on the back nine. It was good to see their passion.”

The Cowboys will begin the final round at 9:15 a.m. today, playing with Denver and North Dakota State.

TENNIS

The UW tennis doubles team of sophomores Mihaela Kaftanova and Ida Krause were selected as a regional representative to play in the 2019 ITA Women’s All-American Championships at the University of Tulsa’s LaFortune & Case Tennis Centers. Joining Kaftanova and Krause will be sophomore Maria Oreshkina, who qualified for singles play.

Kaftanova and Krause will participate in the qualifying doubles draw with play beginning Monday. Teams must win three rounds to advance to the main doubles draw with matches featuring eight-game pro-sets. Oreshkina also begins Monday and must win twice to advance to the main draw.

The Kaftanova and Krause duo went 13-9 overall together last season, including a 4-0 mark in tournaments and going a perfect 3-0 during the spring as the No. 1 doubles team for the Cowgirls.

In 2018-19, Oreshkina went 19-12 overall, tying for the team-lead for most wins. She was 13-7 during dual play, 6-5 in tournament play and mostly played at No. 3 singles where she went 12-6.

“It’s a cool thing for those three to be able to play in this,” UW coach Dean Clower said. “It’s a big deal.”

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