Aug 7, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorJoe Jensen is a veteran head golf coach at the University of Wyoming.
The Lander Valley High School graduate is preparing for his 11th season guiding the Cowboys in the Mountain West Conference.
Jensen helped put on a golf tournament Sunday in Lander.
He was a member of the University of Wyoming golf team from 1992 to 1993 and was hired as the Cowboy golf coach in 2001. He was named director of Wyoming golf in 2005.
"I love being at Wyoming," Jensen said. "We produce nice players.
I'm a Wyoming kid. It feels really comfortable for me."
Jensen's roster for the upcoming season consists of a number of former Wyoming High School players. He just signed Riverton's P.J. Thomas for the 2012 season. Thomas was a full-time student at UW last year.
"It's means much for me to take region kids and go play and be very competitive at a national level," Jensen said.
The Pokes won't start playing until the last week of August.
College golf has a fall and spring season.
"We have great support from the other sports departments at the University of Wyoming," Jensen said.
The Cowboys placed eighth (last) in the MWC tournament last season.
"I know that they kids are going to work very hard," Jensen said.
"The kids are playing well right now in the summer. We are going to be competitive. I can't say that we have a No. 1 or No. 2 player that is going to be the best in the conference."
The early favorites to win the MWC is San Diego State and New Mexico.
"Of the teams last year in the MWC, five or six teams went to the postseason," Jensen said. "MWC is awesome. With people moving in and out the last few years, that changes things. It's always a very competitive conference."
In addition to his coaching duties, Jensen manages and is the head professional at Glenn "Red" Jacoby Golf Club at the University of Wyoming.
"It's very busy, but I love it," Jensen said. "We are making some improvements to the course."
Jensen is responsible for the daily operations of the Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie.
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