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Golfers Split Pair At Match Play Championships

Nov 9, 2002

By David Plati
Assistant AD/Media Relations

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The University of Colorado men's golf team defeated Washington but lost to Tulsa here Saturday, as the Buffaloes suffered their second loss and were thus eliminated from the inaugural Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championships.

Colorado, the No. 15 seed, lost to No. 2 seed Augusta on Friday and was competing in the consolation round. The Buffs defeated Washington, ranked No. 12 in the nation, 3? -1?, before falling to 25th-ranked Tulsa, 4-1, to miss out on advancing to the consolation finals.

"This event was everything we thought it could be and more," CU head coach Mark Simpson said of his "pet" project, one he saw through to fruition during his recently completed two-year stint as president of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The top 16 teams from last May's NCAA Championship Finals were invited to participate, and all accepted to compete in the prestigious event at the 7,145-yard, par 71 Dye Course at Barefoot Resort.

"All around, this was a great experience, and the guys for the most part played well," Simpson said. "I was real happy to see the guys do some good things here, especially the younger guys under pressure. Match play puts you under a different kind of pressure, so we reaped the awards of finishing 14th in the nation last spring. Just a fantastic experience for everybody."

Junior Jeff Hanson had the most success here, posting a 3-0 record over the weekend in fairly impressive fashion, scoring a birdie on the last hole to edge Washington's Dan Potter and helping CU defeat the Huskies. Senior captain Stephen Carroll battled a viral infection to go 0-1-1, gutting it out despite being sick since Thursday night and not getting much sleep.

Freshman Edward McGlasson held his own here, defeating one of the nation's top players, Washington's Brock Mackenzie, 2 and 1, and battling another top performer, Tulsa's David Inglis, before succumbing 3 and 1.

"Beating Washington gives us some confidence in wrapping up the fall season, and we're looking forward to the spring," Simpson added. "I feel that the prospects are bright and am confident we're going to be a pretty good team as the spring progresses."

The coaches looked smart in their seeding, as No. 1 seed Clemson will meet No. 2 seed Augusta State for the title on Sunday. (Editor's Note: Augusta defeated Clemson, 3-2, to win the inuagural title). As for Colorado, the tournament completed CU's fall season, as the Buffs will return to action in February.

(15) Colorado 3?, (10) Washington 1?
Match #1-- Edward McGlasson (CU) def. Brock Mackenzie, 2 and 1
Match #2-- Jeff Hanson (CU) def. Dan Potter, 1 up
Match #3-- Stephen Carroll (CU) halved John Robertson
Match #4-- Ryan Anderson (CU) def. Corey Prugh, 4 and 2
Match #5-- Conner Robbins (UW) def. Derek O'Neill, 3 and 1

(14) Tulsa 4, (15) Colorado 1
Match #1-- David Inglis (TU) def. Edward McGlasson, 3 and 1
Match #2-- Jeff Hanson (CU) def. Marc Zein, 3 and 1
Match #3-- Billy Lowry (TU) defg. Stephen Carroll, 3 and 1
Match #4-- Chris Noel (TU) def. Derek O'Neill, 2 and 1
Match #5-- Aaron Bell (TU) def. Ryan Anderson, 4 and 2