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Awards For CU Golf

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CU GolfSenior Jenny Coleman was recently named an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and received the team’s Most Valuable Player award.

Sophomore Allie Zech earned the team’s Outstanding Academic Award.

In her final season at Colorado, Coleman has truly solidified herself as the one of the Buffs’ best. Coleman’s fourth consecutive NCAA Regional will also mark the 47th event of her career, both program records. Coleman ranks in the top five of nearly every category of the CU record books.

Coleman continues to extend her program records of 325 birdies and 1,815 holes at or under par. Her career stroke average of 75.04 is the third best in CU history for those with 50-plus rounds played and the second-best for those with 100-plus rounds.

In her career, Coleman has one victory, seven top five finishes (tying for second-best all-time), 10 top 10 and 19 top 20 performances. She has had a stellar senior campaign, posting three top five finishes. Coleman had an impressive end to the regular season, having three straight top-14 finishes heading into the Pac-12 Championships.

At the inaugural Silverado Showdown, co-hosted by Colorado in Napa, Calif., Coleman had one of the best performances of her career and in CU history. She finished third at the Showdown, with her 210 scorecard tying for the third lowest in program history at a 54-hole, par-72 tournament. There she also tied the school career and season records for rounds in the 60s, seven and three, respectively. She is one of two Buffs to have back-to-back rounds in the 60s and is the only Buff to do so in a single tournament.

Zech, an Indian Wells, Calif. native, earned the team’s academic honors. Zech majors in international affairs with a focus on Asia and holds a 3.71 cumulative grade-point average. Six of Zech’s nine rounds this season have counted toward team scoring, with Zech holding a 78.50 stroke average in 2013-14.

The Buffs had eight top 10 finishes this season, having a runner-up finish at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic to begin the season and finishing third at March’s Clover Cup. Entering the Pac-12 Championships, the Buffs had three consecutive top eight performances.

With a current 77.23 team stroke average on the season, including 77.37 in the spring, the Buffs are on pace to have their third best all-time stroke averages in both categories.

 

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CU Continuing At NCAA Regionals

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CU GolfUniversity of Colorado will continue its season at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regionals.

The Buffaloes received one of 44 at large bids to the regional tournaments, considered the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Championships competition.

CU, who will be sending the team or an individual to the regionals for a fourth consecutive year, will compete as the No. 17 seed in the Central Regional at the 6,200-yard, par-72 Karsten Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. from May 8-10.

The Buffs’ region includes fellow Pac-12 opponents UCLA, Arizona and California (all of whom rank in Golfstat’s most recent top 35) and former Big 12 foes Kansas, Texas and host team Oklahoma State. Additionally, Texas Tech’s Kimmie Hill will be competing as an individual.

The top eight teams and two individuals from each of the three regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships Finals, held at the Tulsa Country Club from May 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla.

Going into the tournament with the ups and downs of the regular season behind them and with prior knowledge of the course helps Kelly know what her team has to do to have success at regionals and have the possibility of advancing to the NCAA Championships. Kelly says it’s a difficult time, with the team also taking its final exams during the week of regionals, but believes the Buffs can find the right balance.

 

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CU Mens Golf Team 10th Place

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CU GolfThe second round play was suspended for nine schools due to impending darkness and slow play that saw each round take nearly six hours to complete.

The University of Colorado men’s golf team managed to finish its first two rounds here Friday and landed in 10th place at the midway point of the 55th annual Pac-12 Championships, though second round play was suspended for nine schools due to impending darkness and slow play that saw each round take nearly six hours to complete.

No. 3 Stanford had two golfers needing to complete three holes between them, but the Cardinal stood at 2-under par as a team with only those remaining to finish up 36 holes as a team; No. 4 California was one of just three teams to complete both rounds and is four back, as the Bears finished with a 2-over 722 team score. Those two have broken from the pack at this point, as No. 10 Washington is a distant third, 15-over par, but the Huskies have 24 holes left to top off the second round.

The No. 52 Buffaloes also were fortunate enough to finish both rounds, though are in 10th place, some 16 shots out of ninth place at this point, with a 41-over par 761; Oregon holds ninth but does have 24 holes remaining, so the gap could close: the Ducks are finishing up on the same final holes the Buffs did, and CU struggled down the stretch in the second round, playing those six holes a combined 19-over par, 15-over by the five players who wound up contributing to the team score.

Stanford led Arizona after the first round, as the Cardinal put an opening 2-over 362 team score into the books to lead the host Wildcats by four shots. Colorado was tied for eighth with Arizona State at 19-over 379.

Colorado played the first round at a disadvantage after sophomore Philip Juel-Berg withdrew after nine holes in first round with some flu-like symptoms; he was obviously not his normal self, opening with a double bogey and was around 7-over when he pulled out. But he toughed it out and returned to play in the afternoon, and turned in a 4-over 76; he was actually 1-under through 15 but finished with a bogey and two doubles.

 

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Buff golfers moving up in tourney

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BUFF GOLFERS MOVE INTO 15tH AT AMER ARI INVITATIONAL

 

WAIKOLOA, Hawai’i — The University of Colorado men’s golf team improved two spots here Friday into 15th place as the first rounds of the 24th annual Amer Ari Hawaii-Hilo Invitational are now in the books.

 

No. 3 Oklahoma State remained atop the leaderboard, owning a 28-under par team score of 548; the Cowbuys extened their lead to two strokes, but with No. 60 Oregon moving from sixth into second with a 26-under 550.  No. 13 Washington also moved into the top five, jumping from 10th into third (16-under 272 on the day for a 26-under 552), with No. 25 Southern California and No. 26 Auburn tied for fourth (553); No. 17 UCLA had the best round of the day (17-under 271) and is alone in sixth with a 554.

 

Colorado, No. 83 in the final Golfweek fall rankings, moved from 17th to 15th with a two-round score of 568, or 8-under par.  The Buffaloes turned in their second best single round score of the season, a 7-under 281, bested only by a 13-under 275 they scored in the first round of the last fall tournament at Texas-El Paso.

 

CU at one point was 14-under par as a team and in 10th place a little over midway through Friday’s round, with 17 birdies and only three bogeys collectively through either 10 or 11 holes, depending on where the players were on the course.  But in the shotgun format, where the Buffs started on Friday positioned them to close with many of the more challenging holes.

 

“This will probably be one of if not the toughest tournament this spring in college golf, and we have an opportunity to keep moving up with a good final round tomorrow,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “I think we’re ahead of where we normally would be, we’re doing well and we don’t seem to have a lot of rust.  More than anything, it took us a while to get used to the Bermuda greens.  We just have to keep seeing a little more success with each round and continue building on that.”

 

The always tough field here has 10 of the nation’s top 50 competing, including three in the top 10; seven of CU’s Pac-12 rivals are among the group.

 

Jeremy Paul led CU for the second straight round

Jeremy Paul led CU for the second straight round

Freshman Jeremy Paul recorded CU’s best round for the second straight day, turning in a 4-under par 68, as he improved to 7-under 137 for 36 holes which has him tied for 12th overall.  His round included seven birdies and eight pars against three bogeys, and he closed strong with two of those birds coming in his last four holes, including his final hole of the day (No. 12).  He has an eagle, nine birdies and 22 pars through two rounds, with just four holes worse than par (all bogeys).

 

“Today was much better for sure, even though we played fairly similar to how we did on Thursday, we just made more putts,” Edwards said.  “Jeremy played another solid round, though he really played better than he scored; he gave away a couple of shots on the par-5s.  He usually plays those a few strokes under par and today he was even.”

 

Junior David Oraee also went sub-70 on Friday, carding a 3-under 69, scoring four birdies and 13 pars against a single bogey; he is in at even-par 144 with one round remaining, as he is tied for 63rd individually.  He birdied three straight holes (Nos. 18, 1 and 2) at one point and had all four of his on the day in a six-hole span.

 

Sophomore Philip Juel-Berg is also tied for 63rd after fashioning a 2-over par 74, giving him an even-par 144 through two rounds.  He had 14 pars for the second straight day, flipping his birdie-to-bogey count from three-to-one to one-to-three.  He was even through his first 10 holes, but bogeys Nos. 6 and 8 jumped him to 2-over, where he remained for his final five holes.

 

Freshman Andrew Bonner played more consistently in the second round as he turned in a 1-under 71 for an even-par 144, also tying him for 63rd.  He had three birdies and 13 pars against two bogeys Friday, cutting down his holes over par for the round from five to just two.  He birdied his second hole of the day (No. 17) and remained under par from that point on for the entire round.

 

Freshman Yannik Paul opened up on fire, and after five birdies within a seven-hole span, stood at 5-under through10 holes, but he cooled off and came back down to Earth, playing his last eight holes at six-over to finish with a 1-over 73.  His 36-hole total of 148 has him tied for 99th,

 

Senior Johnny Hayes is competing here individually, meaning his score doesn’t count toward CU’s team total; he shot a 3-over 75 for the second straight round, with his 6-over 150 total tying him for 107th.  For the second straight day, he had one birdie, 14 pars, two bogeys and a double, except on Friday, he was even-par with two holes to go and finished up bogey-double.

 

“David played really solid today, anything under 70 is a good round here,” Edwards said.  “There are a lot of those (rounds in the 60s) here because of the quality of the field, but breaking 70 is a quality score.  He wasn’t himself yesterday but came back and showed what kind of player he has been and is for us.  Yannik was on fire early on, but then had a couple of loose swings on just the wrong holes.  Had those been on some holes where you could hit it a bit off line, you could still come back and make par.  He just had a couple of bad breaks after a terrific start.”

 

Stanford’s Cameron Wilson used a 7-under 65 to take over the individual lead, as he is with a 12-under 132; three players are one stroke behind him, as 17 players are within five shots of the lead, all at 7-under or better.

 

The third and final round of the tournament is Saturday, with a shotgun start set for at 10:30 a.m. mountain time.

 

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS  (*—competing individually)

 

T12.  Jeremy Paul…………………………. 69-68—137

T63.  Philip Juel-Berg…………………….. 70-74—144

T63.  David Oraee…………………………. 75-69—144

T63.  Andrew Bonner…………………….. 73-71—144

T99.  Yannik Paul…………………………… 75-73—148

T107. *Johnny Hayes……………………… 75-75—150

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

 

1.  Cameron Wilson, Stanford………… 67-65—132

T2.  Thomas Lim, Oregon……………….. 64-69—133

T2.  Lorens Chan, UCLA………………….. 68-65—133

T2.  Jeffrey Kang, USC…………………… 66-67—133

T5.  Rico Hoey, USC………………………. 65-69—134

T5.  Chelso Barrett, TCU………………… 66-68—134

 

TEAM SCORES

 

  1.  Oklahoma State…………………. 271-277—548

2.  Oregon…………………………….. 276-274—550

3.  Washington………………………. 280-272—552

T4.  Southern California……………… 273-280—553

T4.  Auburn…………………………….. 274-279—553

6.  UCLA……………………………….. 283-271—554

T7.  Georgia Tech…………………….. 286-270—556

T7.  TCU…………………………………. 272-284—556

T7.  Texas………………………………. 274-282—556

T10. Arizona State…………………….. 280-277—557

T10. Stanford…………………………… 281-276—557

12.  Texas Tech……………………….. 278-282—560

13.  Hawai’i-Hilo……………………….. 279-286—565

14.  Oregon State…………………….. 285-281—566

15.  COLORADO……………………… 287-281—568

16.  Hawai’i…………………………….. 279-291—570

17.  San Jose State………………….. 290-287—577

18.  UC-Davis………………………….. 290-289—579

19.  Osaka Gakuin…………………….. 286-295—581

20.  CSU-Monterey Bay…………….. 295-287—582

 

 

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Buff golfers prepare for tough Hawai’i tourney

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WAIKOLOA, Hawai’i — The University of Colorado men’s golf team arrived here Saturday in preparation for its spring opener, the 24th annual Amer Ari Hawaii-Hilo Invitational.

 

The tournament, which runs this Thursday through Saturday, will once again provide an indication of where the Buffaloes stand right out of the gate, not just nationally, but with seven other Pac-12 schools competing, the Buffs will get an early idea of where they stand in the conference.

 

 

The field here is annually one of the strongest in the spring, and it’s no exception this year with three top 10 teams competing and 10 of the top 50 and all but two (out of 17) in the top 100.  It also includes 10 of the nation’s top 30 individuals and the No. 7 Division II program in CSU-Monterey Bay.

 

Colorado (No. 83 in the final Golfweek fall rankings), will be joined in the field by league counterparts Stanford (No. 9), Washington (No. 13), UCLA (No. 17), Southern California (No. 25), Arizona State (No. 37), Oregon (No. 60) and Oregon State (No. 67).  Other top schools competing include No. 2 Georgia Tech, No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Texas and No. 26 Auburn.

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Waikoloa King’s Course

 

The three-day tournament is a real treat for the participants, as the tournament will be played on the renowned 7,074-yard, par-72 Waikoloa King’s Course on Hawai’i’s Big Island, a Scottish links-style layout with fairways interspersed between ancient lava fields, along with numerous lakes and pot bunkers.  The teams will play 18 holes each day in a shotgun start format at 10:30 a.m. MST in weather expected to be near-perfect with temperatures in the low 80s.

 

Colorado head coach Roy Edwards said the team is looking forward to the spring season getting underway.

 

“This tournament annually has a great field, and it’s always really exciting,” Edwards said.  “It’s been just over three months since our last tournament and we’re ready to get our spring season going.  We’ve had some solid days of practice out here, which we were in need of considering the weather back home.  If we take care of business and play the way we’re capable, we’re confident that we can beat some really good teams.”

 

Six Buffaloes are on trip; five will score for the team: junior David Oraee (73.9 fall stroke average) sophomore Philip Juel-Berg (73.5) and three true freshmen: Jeremy Paul (72.9), Yannik Paul (72.5) and Andrew Bonner (77.7).  Oraee, Juel-Berg and Jeremy Paul played in all five competitions, while Yannik Paul appeared in four and Bonner two.  Senior Johnny Hayes (74.4) will play as an individual.

 

 

 

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CU Women’s Golf Finishes Second At Ram Classic

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Led by seniors Jenny and Kristin Coleman, the University of Colorado women’s golf team finished second at the 17 team Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic. The Buffaloes finished two spots ahead of their first round position in their first tournament of the 2013 season.

After play was suspended during Monday’s second round due to weather, the Buffs improved in the final rounds here Tuesday. Colorado shaved off three strokes each round, finishing the 54-hole event at 18-over par 882 (297-294-291) at the par 72, 6,352-yard Ptarmigan Country Club.

“The team has made great progress from last year,” CU head coach Anne Kelly said. “We gave it a go today, didn’t quite finish it off, but I definitely see signs of progress. We know what areas we need to work on, and there’s definitely room for improvement. It’s a good kickoff to the season. Our goal coming into the year was to be in contention in every tournament that we play, and we were. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get the win, but they played well. Jenny and Kristin (Coleman) really led the way for us.”

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Jenny and Kristin Coleman are identical twins

With two players shooting under par in the final round, California continued its dominance to claim the team title, shooting a 9-over par 873 (291-296-286) for a nine stroke lead over Colorado. Illinois finished third with a 22-over par 886. UNLV moved up a spot from its first and second round finishes for fourth place with a 24-over par 888 total. New Mexico remained in contention in the opening rounds, but slid to fifth place in the final, shooting a 27-over par 891.

Jenny Coleman led the Buffs, shooting an even par 216 to tie for fifth. A birdie on the 15th hole in the second round helped her to an even par performance to begin the day. In the third round, she shot four birdies to lead her to a 1-under par 71 performance. Coleman led the Buffs with 12 total birdies.

Kristin Coleman was close behind, placing eighth after shooting a 1-over par 217. After shooting 1-over par 73 in the first round, she finished the final two shooting an even par. Through three rounds, Coleman shot nine birdies and 36 pars.

Allie Zech tied for 30th with an 11-over par 227 total. She struggled in her final holes of the second round, shooting a 5-over par 77, but improved in the final round with a 2-over par 74. Zech was the only golfer to record a birdie on the 17th hole in the third round, and one of just 13 total to do so on the par 4, 386-yard hole.

Alexis Keating and Jamie Oleksiew both tied for 27th, shooting 10-over par 226. Keating led the Buffs, shooting 37 pars. She added two strokes in the second round, but had her best performance in the final round, with a 2-over par 74. Oleksiew improved in the final two rounds, shooting 1- and 2-over par, respectively, after finishing 49th after her first round score of 7-over par 79.

Competing as an individual, Megan Haase finished tied for 65th with a 22-over par 238. She shot an 8-over par 80 in the second round and a 7-over par 79 in the third.

UNLV’s Dana Finkelstein took home the individual title, shooting a 4-under par 212 (71-70-71). California’s Nicola Roessler and New Mexico’s Sammi Stevens tied for second with a 3-under par 213. Cal’s Carly Childs finished fourth with a 1-under par 215. Leilanie Kim (Idaho) and Samantha Postillion (Illinois) tied CU’s Jenny Coleman for fifth after finishing an even par 216.

Next up for the Buffs is a trip to Albuquerque, N.M., for the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational on September 20-21.

 

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

t-5.

Jenny Coleman

73-72-71—216

8.

Kristin Coleman

73-72-72—217

t-27.

Alexis Keating

75-77-74—226

t-27.

Jamie Oleksiew

79-73-74—226

t-30.

Allie Zech

76-77-74—227

t-65.

Megan Haase

79-80-77—238

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Dana Finkelstein, UNLV

71-70-71—212

t-2.

Nicola Roessler, California

73-71-69—213

t-2.

Sammi Stevens, New Mexico

69-76-68—213

4.

Carly Childs, California

73-72-70—215

t-5.

Jenny Coleman, Colorado 73-72-71—216

t-5.

Leilanie Kim, Idaho

72-74-70—216

t-5.

Samantha Postillion, Illinois

72-71-73—216

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

California

291-296-286—873

2.

Colorado

297-294-291—882

3.

Illinois

295-303-288—886

4.

UNLV

302-298-288—888

5.

New Mexico

294-298-299—891

6.

Idaho

307-304-291—902

7.

Long Beach State

304-308-294—906

t-8.

Kansas State

310-308-293—911

t-8.

Colorado State

305-305-301—911

10.

Nevada

304-314-297—915

11.

UC Davis

303-316-297—916

12.

San Jose State

317-309-303—929

t-13.

Wyoming

311-316-306—933

t-13.

Fresno State

314-313-306—933

15.

Kennesaw State

316-310-312—938

16.

UTEP

316-314-319—949

17.

Northern Colorado

337-324-321—982

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CU men’s golf team is 3rd place at the Falcon Invitational

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After shooting one of the better final rounds scores, the CU men’s golf team was able to tie for third place in the 45th annual Gene Miranda Air Force Falcon Invitational, which was completed here Monday.

 

Host Air Force opened the meet with the lowest scoring round in the 15-team field and never looked back, cruising to a 15-under 849 team score.  Texas-El Paso grabbed runner-up honors as the only other team under par (861, minus-3), with Colorado and Wyoming sharing third with 3-over 867 scores.  Nevada rounded out the top five with an 869 total.

 

The Buffaloes had entered the tournament as its two-time defending champion, including running away with the 2012 event by 12 strokes.  Colorado had it at one time 7-under par on Monday, but lost a few strokes over the last six holes and settled for the third-place tie.

 

“We played good, not great, and many of the teams in the tournament are a lot better than they’ve been,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “This might be the best Air Force team I’ve ever seen, and congratulations to them.  I thought the course played a little more difficult than it did last year when we won at 12-under, and they bettered that by three shots.  Kyle Westmoreland (AFA’s number one) could play for any team in the country.”

 

Westmoreland led from wire-to-wire in posting three rounds in the 60s en route to a 12-under 204, which was good for a five-stroke victory on the 7,408-yard, par-72 Eisenhower Blue Golf Course.

 

Freshman Ethan Freeman led all seven Buffaloes who played here, though he competed as an individual meaning his score did not count toward the CU team total (he was not one of the top five qualifiers).  However, thanks to a 3-under par 69 in the final round which saw him score seven birdies, the Kent Denver graduate’s 1-under 215 total tied for the third-lowest score by a CU player in his first major tournament in school history.  That effort trailed onlyJonathan Kaye, who recorded a 213 (+3) in the 1990 Wyoming Invitational, and Sebastian Heisele’s 2-under 214 in the 2008 Denver-Ron Moore Invitational.

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“This was a really good start for Ethan.  He’s a very consistent player and we’re happy he had this kind of good start for his career.  The other two freshmen also did nice jobs, no real freshman jitters that I saw.”

 

(That conjured up a story from the 1980s when Charlie Luther’s first career tee shot hit a tree and wound up a few yards behind the tee box.  Then-CU head coach, the late Mark Simpson, comforted Charlie by telling him, “That’s okay, Charlie.  Even Tony Dorsett lost yardage on his first collegiate carry.”)

 

Freeman tied for 10th place in the 88-man field, finishing his first collegiate event with 12 birdies (sixth-most in the field) and 31 pars against 11 bogeys on a challenging course that has the capability of eating young golfers up; he also tied for fifth in par-4 scoring, playing those 30 holes at 2-under.  The last freshman to lead the Buffaloes in a season opening tournament was Derek Tolan, who tied for eighth in the 2005 New Mexico Tucker Invitational (2-under 214); Tolan was a redshirt frosh: the last true freshman to pace CU was Rick Cramer, who had a 1-over 217 for third place overall finish in the 1979 AFA Falcon invite.

 

Sophomore Drew Trujillo and freshman Yannik Paul both tied for 16th, as each finished up with 1-under 71s for a 1-over 217.  Trujillo had a steady round that included an eagle (on the par-5 No. 9), a birdie and 14 pars, while Paul scored six birdies in his final round, giving him 14 for the tourney, second-most in the field.

 

Senior Johnny Hayes and freshman Jeremy Paul tied for 25th with 3-over par 219 totals.  Hayes also played here as an individual and closed with a 4-over 76; his 38 pars led the Buffs here and tied for the seventh-most in the meet.  Paul, one minute older than his twin sibling, finished with a 1-over 73; he had CU’s other eagle in the meet, which came in the first round.

 

Junior David Oraee got back on track Monday after two over-par rounds, as he fashioned a 2-under 70 to wrap things up with a 221 score (tying him for 37th).   He had 11 bogeys the first two rounds but shaved that down to two in the final round, though they did come on his last two holes of the day, otherwise he would have had a round in the 60s.

 

Sophomore Philip Juel-Berg closed with a 1-over 73, giving him a 223 total which tied him for 45th.  Though he tied for 19th in the field with 10 birdies over the three rounds, and his 10-shot improvement from his first to second round (80-70) was the best in the field from one round to the next.

“We’re not overly happy with the result, and despite being just 3-over par as a team, there’s much room for improvement,” Edwards said.  “But it’s still a solid start.  The positives today were that nobody in the starting five made worse than bogey on a hole, and we did a lot better job of managing our games.”

 

The Buffaloes will resume play in two weeks in the fourth annual Mark Simpson-CU Invitational, set for September 23-24 at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie.

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CU men’s golfs team in sixth at NCAA Central Regional

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Buffs ten swings away from first place

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Colorado men’s golf team opened strong here Thursday in the NCAA Central/Fayetteville Regional, with the Buffaloes in sixth place and definitely in contention for a top five finish and the berth into the NCAA Finals that comes with it.

 

No. 33 Illinois leads the pack with a 6-under 282 score, thanks to the efforts of two true freshmen that combined to go 11 strokes under what some call the “happy side of par.”  No. 4 Texas is second (285), followed by No. 11 Oklahoma State (286), No. 22 Kent State (288) and No. 12 and host Arkansas (290).

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The Buffaloes, ranked No. 58 by GolfStat and No. 67 by Golfweek, turned in a 4-over 292 to stand in sixth.  No. 20 SMU is five back of CU, with the remaining seven teams in the field all at 300 or higher.

 

The top five teams out of 14 competing will advance to the NCAA Finals, set for May 28-June 2 in Atlanta, Ga., as will the top two individuals not associated with the five teams that qualify.

 

The four Buffs who contributed to the team score made the turn at 1-over; they had a collective hiccup on the first four holes on the front side (4-over), but played the last five at 1-under.  The end result was Colorado placing four in the top 25 through 18 holes, matched only by Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, three of the nation’s top 12 teams.

 

“It was definitely a good start, which we chalk up to our primary focus today being was to be patient and have a great attitude,” head coach Roy Edwards said.  “The guys were phenomenal with that.  I’m really proud of them, and that’s really the main reason we enjoyed a solid round.

 

“We need to do the same thing for tomorrow,” he continued.  “That’s to be patient, take it one shot at a time.  Right now, they’re only thinking about their first tee shot (Friday).  You cannot get ahead of yourself here.  It rained overnight and the course was really soft, so it played as easiest as it’s going to get today.  The scores are likely not going to be as low, so the emphasis will be on the importance of being patient.  That’s what we’ll stress.”

 

Sophomore David Oraee led the Buffaloes with a 1-under 71, which has him tied for ninth individually.  He had a steady round with four birdies and 11 pars against three bogeys; the four birds tied for 10th most in the field.  Playing to even par much of the round, he finished with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 with a bogeys sandwiched in-between to get it into red numbers on the 7,251-yard, par-72 The Blessings Golf Club course layout.

 

Freshman Philip Juel-Berg continued his stellar rookie season, posting a 1-over 73, which has him tied for 20th.  He had three birdies, 11 pars and four bogeys on his day, as he made the turn at 3-over but played the front side at 2-under, thanks to birds on Nos. 6 and 9.  There are 14 freshmen in the field; Juel-Berg finished currently is seventh among them, with three of the six ahead of him recording even-par rounds of 72.

 

CU’s No. 1 player and stroke average leader, senior Jason Burstyn, fashioned a 2-over 74, tying him for 25th; he had four birdies like Oraee, along with nine pars, four bogeys and one double.  The latter came on No. 6, a 418-yard, par-4 that played as the day’s fourth toughest hole; that pushed him to 4-over on the day, but he bounced back and closed with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9.

 

Senior Derek Fribbs also shot a 74, with three birdies and 11 pars against three bogeys and a double.  He got off to one of the hot starts of the day, standing 3-under after he birdied Nos. 12, 13 and 15 – a par-5, a par-4 and a par-3, respectively – but came back down to Earth with bogeys on No. 17 and then on Nos. 1 and 4.  He was cruising along at even par until his final hole of the day, the 535-yard, par-5 No. 9, where he doubled after hitting his drive into a hazard.  It was his first double bogey in six rounds.

 

“I was hitting it in their close and utilizing the slopes,” Fribbs said of his start.  “But after a while, the putts weren’t falling.  I still had opportunities on the back nine, I just couldn’t make any putts to take full advantage of things.  The course played a little easier today than expected because you could hold your shots better than we thought, but we also had good course management today.”

 

Junior Johnny Hayes shot an 8-over 80, tying him for 60th, as he recorded two birdies and nine pars against five bogeys, a double and a triple.  He scored the latter two in his first four holes to get to 5-over quickly, but settled down over the final 14 holes.

 

“Johnny had a rough start, but regrouped and then held it together pretty well for a bad start,” Edwards said.  “For the most part, any time anyone made a mistake, they worked hard to make a bogey and nothing worse.”

 

Hayes certainly wasn’t alone in his struggles; the average score by the non-scorer for all 14 teams on Thursday was an 81.6; he actually tied for the fourth lowest as only three managed to break 80.  Despite his troubles, he played the par-3 holes at a collective 1-under, tied for eighth best in the field.

 

Illinois freshman Charlie Danielson turned in the best round of the day to take the individual lead, as the 2012 Wisconsin state high school champion opened on the back nine and shot a 30, including five birdies over a seven hole span; he added two more birdies on the front side to finish with a 7-under 65.  Freshmen dominated the top of the leaderboard Thursday, with Oklahoma State’s Jordan Niebrugge tied for second (67) and Illinois’ Thomas Detry fourth (68).

 

The field has been re-paired according to score for the second round; Colorado, the No. 10 seed here, will tee it up off the No. 1 tee beginning at 7:20 a.m. MDT with Kent State (No. 5 seed) and Arkansas (No. 2), who occupy the fourth and fifth spots ahead of the Buffs.  The final round is set for a 7:50 a.m. start on Saturday.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Colorado men’s golf team is back in the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2009, as the Buffaloes are ready to go in the Central/Fayetteville Regional which begins here Thursday.

 

Colorado, ranked No. 58 in the nation (GolfStat; No. 67 Golfweek) is the No. 10 seed in the field is looking to advance to the NCAA Championship Finals for the first time since 2002.

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The Buffs have been idle since May 1, when they finished 10th at the Pac-12 Championships in Los Angeles.  CU was in position for a first division (top six) finish, but had a disastrous final day that dropped it from seventh into 10th.

 

“We really haven’t practiced since the Pac-12 Championship,” said head coach Roy Edwards.  “That is by design. These guys are students first and they had their semester projects and finals until (last) Thursday.  So they were all in with those responsibilities.  Now they can clearly and fully focus on the task at hand.

 

“We’re absolutely hungry to get back out there,” he continued.  “We had a really odd weather month leading up to the Pac-12 Championships and couldn’t get in the kind of practice we needed, yet we were still in decent position for an upper division finish.  Most of the guys got a solid competition round in for U.S. Open Local Qualifying (Monday) to get the rust off.  They’re anxious to get out there and prove that the final round (at Pac-12’s) was a blip on the season.”

 

The four Buffs who have played in all 12 tournaments (38 rounds) this season, seniors Jason Burstyn andDerek Fribbs, sophomore David Oraee and freshman Philip Juel-Berg along with junior Johnny Hayes will represent Colorado in the regional.  Only Fribbs, as an individual last year, and Hayes, with his former school Towson State in 2010, have played in the postseason before.

 

For the Buffaloes to have a chance to advance to the Finals, which run May 28-June 2 in Atlanta, its No. 1 golfer this season, Burstyn, needs to rebound from an uncharacteristic poor performance at the Pac-12s, where he just wasn’t able to get anything going; he tied for 66th with a 33-over score of 313. Edwards expects him to back to his old self.

 

“He was a little off, and he’s no different than most in that he needs to keep learning to adapt to different situations,” Edwards said of his team’s stroke average leader (72.8).  “He normally does that, and in this case, I think he’s ready to move on.  History shows that the few times he has played poorly, he’s bounced back to play really well.  I don’t think it will be any different this week.”

 

As for the team to have overall success, he pointed to what the Buffaloes did when they won the Air Force Falcon Invitational last September and the Bandon Dunes Championship in March.

 

“We have to minimize our mistakes, the focus has to be on being as smart as possible,” he noted.  “We haven’t seen the course yet, but I understand it’s very difficult.  It’s an event where you don’t care if you finish first or fifth.  We need to be patient, make good decisions and overall manage our individual games.  When we’ve done that, we’ve played our best, and if we can do that here, we have a great shot at advancing to the Finals.”

 

“If we are disciplined in our decisions at all times we have a great shot.  The five teams who make the least number of controllable mistakes will advance.  This has more to do about us doing our job than anything else.”

 

Arkansas is the host school, with The Blessings Golf Club serving as the host course; BGC has a 7,251-yard, par-72 layout (37-35 configuration) that was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.  It opened in 2004, and its rating (79.1) and slope (153) makes it one of the most difficult courses in the U.S., as its topography is characterized by hilly terrain creating numerous sidehill lies, dramatic elevation changes, forced carries over ravines and valleys, and large, undulating Bent grass greens, with Clear Creek in play on several holes.  The fairways/roughs are Zoysia.

 

Colorado will tee off at 8:10 a.m. (MDT) on Thursday off the No. 10 tee, with the Buffs paired with Indiana (No. 11 seed) and UNC-Wilmington (No. 12).  The field will be re-paired according to score after the first and second rounds, with all tee times between 8:20 and 10:20 a.m. for the second round (Friday) and between 7:50 and 9:50 a.m. for the final round (Saturday).

 

The top five teams and top two individuals who are not members of those squads will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals, which are scheduled for May 28-June 2 in Atlanta, Ga.

 

 

 

David Plati

Associate AD/Sports Information

University of Colorado Buffaloes

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