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GOLFERS FINISH THIRD AT THE NELSON

Oct 25, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - The University of Colorado men's golf team pulled off a program first Sunday in posting a third place finish in Stanford's "The Nelson."

Duke turned in a 9-under 275 for the final 18 holes and overtook Washington for the team title, as the Blue Devils closed with an 834 score, 18-under par, to edge the Huskies by three shots. The Buffs, who recorded a 5-under 279 Sunday to match their first round score, moved from fourth to third the final day in finishing at 10-under 842.

It marked the first time in school history the Buffs shot two sub-280 scores in the same tournament, and the 842 team total for 54 holes shattered the program's best previous total on a par-71 course, besting an 853 score CU recorded at the 1994 NCAA Central Regional. The 10-under par total here is the school's third best on a course of any par, and it was also CU's best fall finish since finishing second two years ago in The Prestige.

CU sophomore Edward McGlasson tied for 10th individually, as he was one of four Buffs to break par Sunday with a 1-under 70 for a 209 total. It was both the top tournament finish and best 54-hole score of his collegiate career.

A trio of Buffs tied for 18th with 212 scores, led by senior captains Jeff Hanson (72 Sunday) and Kane Webber (70), along with sophomore Kenny Coakley (70). And not to be outdone, sophomore Derek O'Neill posted CU's best round of the day, a 2-under 69 to close with a 216 score in tying for 44th.

The last time CU had four or more golfers finish in the top 20 was at the 2001 Big 12 Championships, when five managed to place in the top 16.

Toledo's Brad Heaven and Duke's Ryan Blaum shared medalist honors with 12-under 201 totals, as a final round 66 enabled Blaum to catch Heaven, who led after each of the first two rounds.

"I'm really pleased, overall and especially with the last day," CU head coach Mark Simpson said. "It's the first time in over a year that we had ourselves in contention, and the guys did a very nice job. The only drawback was going into the final round in fourth place, so we didn't get to play with the teams we were trying to catch or beat. But that will come and hopefully, that'll be our next experience.

"A real positive sign was the final round scoring of all five guys," Simpson added. "Three sophomores shooting 69, 70 and 70 when the pressure was on is encouraging. Plus, it was very good to see Jeff's game come around, and while Kane wasn't playing his best, he really managed to hang in there and still post some solid scores."

The Buffaloes have one tournament remaining in the fall portion of their schedule, as CU will close out at The Prestige at PGA West in Palm Desert, Calif., starting next Sunday.

Buffalo Individuals

T10. Edward McGlasson........ 67-72-70?-209

T18. Jeff Hanson............. 71-69-72?-212

T18. Kenny Coakley........... 69-73-70?-212

T18. Kane Webber............. 72-70-70?-212

T44. Derek O'Neill........... 73-74-69?-216

Team Scores

1. Duke.................. 278-281-275-?834

2. Washington............ 284-273-281-?838

3. COLORADO.............. 279-284-279-?842

4. Colorado State........ 281-285-277-?843

5. Kansas................ 284-278-282-?844

6. Texas Tech............ 287-280-279-?846

7. Southern California... 280-284-286-?850

8. Toledo................ 283-281-287?-851

9. Stanford.............. 288-287-278?-853

10. Hawaii-Hilo........... 288-283-290?-861

11. Missouri.............. 289-287-286?-862

12. Notre Dame............ 287-287-289?-863

12. UC-Davis.............. 293-288-282?-863

14. Florida Southern...... 293-288-292?-873

15. Idaho................. 296-293-288?-877