Colorado alumnus David Oraee captured the 61st Wyoming Open on Sunday in Cheyenne with an impressive 15-under par performance for his first win as a professional.
Oraee, who lettered four times for the Buffaloes and graduated in 2015, practically led from start to finish in winning by three strokes over another CU alum, Ben Portie, on the 6,424-yard, par-70 Airport Golf Club course layout.
Oraee entered the final round with a four-shot lead, but no one could get closer than two strokes. In hitting 46 of 54 greens on the weekend, and with just two three-putts — one of which was just off the green from 50 feet away — he earned $7,000 for the victory.
“It feels good to break through,” Oraee said. “I played a lot last year, and it just seemed like I couldn’t piece together a whole tournament. I’d play good at times but then sort of lackadaisical at others. I worked hard to get more consistent, and it paid off today. All aspects of my game came together.
“It was a pretty rough start (Sunday); the first few holes are pretty easy and I’m seeing everyone else making birdies but I couldn’t get anything to drop early on,” he added. “So I really had even more opportunities for a lower score had some of those putts had fallen.”
Five different CU graduates have now won the Wyoming Open: Tim Brauch (1981), Larry Webb (1986-87), Tom Woodard (1993), Kane Webber (2006-11-16) and Oraee.