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GOLFERS SIXTH, SIX OUT OF LEAD AFTER 36 AT THE PRESTIGE AT PGA WEST

Nov 3, 2003

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LaQUINTA, Calif. - The University of Colorado men's golf team is wrapping up its fall season, and the Buffs may not want it to end after standing in sixth place heading into the final round here in The Prestige at PGA West.

 

Coming off a third place finish in Stanford's "The Nelson," a finish that moved the Buffs from No. 82 to No. 44 in the Golfweek Rankings, the Buffs are just six strokes out of first on a jam-packed leaderboard with 18 holes to play.

 

No. 6 TCU lead the 15-team field with a 3-under 573 score, with No. 24 BYU second, two strokes back at 575.  There's a three-way tie for third at 2-over 578 between No. 4 UCLA, No. 31 Northwestern and No. 34 Pepperdine, with CU rounding out the lead pack at 3-over 579.  The Buffs are currently leading three teams ranked ahead of CU, including conference rivals Kansas and Oklahoma.

 

A trio of Buffs are tied for 11th with even-par 144 scores, as senior captains Jeff Hanson (70-74) and Kane Webber (73-71) and sophomore Kenny Coakley (70-74) paced the Buffaloes Monday on the 6,841-yard, par-72 LaQuinta Resort Mountain Course.

 

Hanson recorded the first hole-in-one tournament's four-year history when he aced the 172-yard, par-3 16th hole in the morning round.  It was the fifth hole-in-one in CU's golf history, the fourth in the last six seasons after the first, recorded by Hale Irwin in the 1967 NCAA Championships, was the only one on the books for 30 years.

 

Stanford's Zack Miller had a comfortable 5-stroke lead after two rounds, as he recorded a pair of 67s for a 10-under 134 total heading into the final round.  TCU's Colby Beckstrom was a distant second, in at 71-68?139.

 

 "It was a pretty good day for the Buffaloes, and we're excited to be in position to win a tournament for the second time in a row," CU head coach Mark Simpson said.  "That is definitely a positive sign, especially since it's happened in two quality tournaments.  This time around, we'll be playing with two of the teams we need to catch and beat, which we didn't have the luxury of at Stanford.  It's another step this team needs to take, and we're confident and looking forward to this next challenge."

 

The final round of the tournament will be played Tuesday morning.

 

Buffalo Individuals

T11. Kane Webber........ 73-71--144

T11. Kenny Coakley...... 70-74--144

T11. Jeff Hanson........ 70-74--144

T36. Edward McGlasson... 73-76--149

T45. Derek O'Neill...... 76-74--150

 

Team Scores

 1. TCU............... 293-280--573

 2. BYU............... 286-289--575

 3. Pepperdine........ 284-294--578

 3. UCLA.............. 283-295--578

 3. Northwestern...... 286-292--578

 6. COLORADO.......... 286-293--579

 7. Stanford.......... 283-302--585

 8. Kansas............ 284-303--587

 9. UC-Davis.......... 290-300--590

10. Washington........ 301-290--591

11. Oklahoma.......... 301-295--596

12. Oregon............ 297-302--599

13. Pacific........... 301-301--602

14. UC-Irvine......... 303-302--605

15. Yale.............. 303-311--614