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GOLFERS IN SEVENTH IN ARIZONA

Feb 2, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Colorado men's golf team stands in seventh place after one-plus rounds of the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, but thanks to a 90-minute frost delay Monday morning, the 14 teams competing here had to leave the course with unfinished business in the day's second round.

 

The Buffaloes, ranked No. 34 in the nation by Golfweek (No. 39 by GolfStat), are being tested right out of the chute, as nine of the 14 teams here in the nation's top 50.  But the leader after one round, host Arizona, is barely among them, as the No. 47 Wildcats turned in a 267 team score (17-under) in the morning, and were 30-under when play was suspended due to darkness just before 6 p.m. 

 

No. 20 New Mexico was in second, eight back at 22-under, with No. 8 Arizona State third (17-under).  The Buffaloes, in 10th after the morning round (a 6-over 290), were 7-under with all players completing 16 holes in the afternoon to stand 1-under as a team and in seventh place.

 

Senior Kane Webber is pacing the Buffaloes, as he shot a 2-under par 69 in the morning and was even with two holes to play, tying him for 24th place.  Sophomore Edward McGlasson had the most eventful day by a Buffalo.  Starting on the 433-yard par-four No. 10, he struck two tee balls out of bounds and eventually settled for a 10.  But instead of losing his focus, he shot a 76 for the round, playing the final 17 holes at 1-under par.  He then opened his afternoon round playing No. 10 again, but this time he beat the course and made birdie en route to shooting 4-under with two holes to play on the 6,793-yard, par-71 Arizona National Country Club course when darkness hit.

 

Two other Buffs stood at 1-over with two holes to play, sophomore Kenny Coakley, who was 3-under in the afternoon after an opening 75, and senior Jeff Hanson, even with two to go after a morning 73.  Sophomore Derek O'Neill was also even after 16 in the p.m. after recording a 73 the first lap around the course.  

 

 "For the first tournament of the year, we're playing pretty good," CU head coach Mark Simpson said.  "We had a little shaky start, but after two months without competition and not near the practice days most of the teams here had over break, I expected that.  But we came out strong the second time around the course and that's good to see that our second 18 is better than our first.  We had a tendency last fall, an Achilles heel if you will, for us to shoot higher the second trip around the course, and for that to be the opposite right now, it's very good to see in the first tournament of spring."

 

Arizona's Chris Nallen blistered the course in the morning, turning in an 8-under 63, and he was 5-under with four holes left to play to stand 13-under, good for a four stroke edge over New Mexico's Spencer Levin.

 

CU's opening round of 290 tied for its third best opening 18 for the 20 times the Buffs have participated in the meet, and the sixth best overall (out of 58 rounds). 

 

The second round will be completed beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, with the final 18 holes to follow; most players have anywhere from two to four holes to play to complete their second rounds.

 

Buffalo Individuals

T24. Kane Webber........ 69-( E/16)--(-2)  

T37. Jeff Hanson........ 73-( E/16)--(+1)

T37. Kenny Coakley...... 75-(-3/16)--(+1)

T37. Edward McGlasson... 76-(-4/16)--(+1)

T42. Derek O'Neill...... 73-( E/16)--(+2)

 

Team Scores

 1. Arizona.............. 267-(-13)--(-30)

 2. New Mexico........... 275-(-13)--(-22)

 3. Arizona State........ 278-(-11)--(-17)

 4. Southern Cal......... 280-(- 9)--(-13)

 5. California........... 276-(- 3)--(-11)

 6. Wake Forest.......... 283-(- 8)--(- 9)

 7. COLORADO............. 290-(- 7)--(- 1)

 8. Oregon............... 291-(- 7)--(  E)

 9. UC-Irvine............ 281-(+ 5)--(+ 2)

10. Pepperdine........... 287-(+ 1)--(+ 4)

11. Long Beach State..... 289-(+ 2)--(+ 7)

12. Texas-El Paso........ 298-(- 5)--(+ 9)

13. New Mexico State..... 290-(+ 3)--(+ 9)

14. Fresno State......... 299-(+ 1)--(+16)