* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- The 2023 spring season will tee off on Feb. 10 and 11 for the Wyoming Cowboys when they will host the Second Annual Wyoming Desert Match Play event in Palm Desert, Calif.

The Cowboys will be looking to defend their team championship that they won in 2022 by defeating Denver, San Francisco and Boise State in three consecutive matches to capture the team title.

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Wyoming’s Desert Match Play will feature eight teams seeded in a bracket with each team playing two matches on Friday and a final match on Saturday. The winners of the four opening round matches on Friday will move into the championship bracket and the other four teams will move into the consolation bracket.

This year’s eight-team field will include: Boise State, Colorado, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, South Dakota State, Wichita State and Wyoming.

The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif., will serve as the host course for this week’s event.  Seedings for the tournament are as follows:


First Round Matches

(Friday Morning)

Match 1

#1 Colorado vs. #8 South Dakota State

Match 2

#4 Wyoming vs. #5 Seattle

Match 3

#2 San Diego vs. #7 Wichita State

Match 4

#3 San Francisco vs. #6 Boise State


Second Round Matches

(Friday Afternoon)

Championship Bracket

Match 5: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2

Match 6: Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4


Consolation Bracket

Match 7: Loser of Match 1 vs. Loser of Match 2

Match 8: Loser of Match 3 vs. Loser of Match 4

Final Round Matches

(Saturday Morning)

Championship Match: Winners of Matches 5 and 6

Third-Place Match: Losers of Matches 5 and 6

Fifth-Place Match: Winners of Match 7 and 8

Seventh-Place Match: Losers of Match 7 and 8


Coach’s Corner, Quotes from Director of Golf Joe Jensen

“The reasons for starting our Wyoming Desert Match Play event were first to give us a chance to get to the desert early in the spring season, get some good training in leading up to the event and frankly I always wanted to start a match play event,” said UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen. “It is becoming a popular event. Teams like it and there aren’t a lot of match play events out there for college teams.

“I think it is also becoming one of the players’ favorite events, with the focus being on the team and it is fun to see the guys pulling for one another throughout the weekend.

“We have a few new teams this year in our eight-team field. The Classic Club in Palm Desert loves having us. In match play, anything can happen. Fortunately, we’re the defending champion, but that was last year, and now we will focus on this year’s team as we start off our spring season.”


2022 Wyoming Desert Match Play

Tournament Format

   •All teams will play three matches over two days in a true bracket format.


Tournament Stats

   • Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com at: https://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=participants&tid=25847


Course Information

   •The Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.

   • 7,305 yards, Par 72


Tee Times

   •Friday, Feb. 11, First Round Matches, 7 a.m., M.T.

   •Friday, Feb. 11, Second Round Matches, 11:30 a.m., M.T.

   •Saturday, Feb. 12, Final Round Matches, 7 a.m., M.T.

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