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MEN'S GOLFERS IN 14TH IN HAWAII

Feb 18, 2004

HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The University of Colorado men's golf team is in 14th place after the first round of the John Burns Intercollegiate, as the Buffaloes are at the tail-end of a logjam which saw just 10 strokes separate 14 schools when play concluded here Wednesday.

 

No. 17 New Mexico holds the lead following 18 holes, as the Lobos recorded a 12-under team score of 286 to lead Mountain West Conference rival Utah by two strokes.  The next 12 teams span an eight-stroke gap, with No. 36 Colorado in a 2-under 286 and in 14th place.  There are 11 top 50 teams competing here in the 20-team field.

 

Sophomore Kenny Coakley paced the Buff effort with a 3-under par 69, his third straight round in the 60s (he closed with a 68 and 69 in the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate two week ago).  It marks the first time a Buff golfer has done that in 11 seasons, when Scott Petersen scored three straight 68s over two meets in the spring of 1993.  Petersen was the first CU player to accomplish the feat, and no Buff has ever recorded four consecutive rounds in the 60s.  Coakley is also gunning for John Lindberg's record of five straight subpar rounds he established in the spring of 1987.  

 

Senior and team stroke leader Kane Webber recorded a 2-under 70, while sophomore Edward McGlasson shot even par on the 6,917-yard, par-72 Leilehua Golf Course layout.  Five golfers are tied for the individual lead with five-under 67s; Coakley is tied for 13th overall.

 

"Considering all the circumstances coming from the cold and not being able to practice outdoors, I'm very pleased, especially with Kenny stepping up here," CU head coach Mark Simpson said. "Jeff lost three strokes the last two holes, but other than that, we played a pretty solid round.    A couple of practice rounds help, but for those guys who have to work out issues with their short game or putting, practice makes a big difference this time of year."

 

This meet is special to Simpson, as it is his 400th event that is presiding over in his 28 years as head coach of the Buffaloes.  "So far, it feels about the same as most of the other 399, except I'm older and hopefully wiser," he joked.   

 

The second round will be played Thursday and the final round on Friday.

 

Buffalo Individuals

 T13. Kenny Coakley........ 35-34--69

 T23. Kane Webber.......... 34-36--70

 T47. Edward McGlasson..... 38-34--72

 T89. Jeff Hanson.......... 39-36--75

T101. Blake Moore.......... 39-37--76

 

Team Scores

 1. New Mexico.......... 276

 2. Utah................ 278

 3. Brigham Young....... 279

 4. UNLV................ 280

 5. SMU................. 281

 6. Colorado State...... 282

 6. San Jose State...... 282

 8. San Diego State..... 283

 8. Texas A & M......... 283

10. California.......... 284

11. Texas-El Paso....... 285

11. Arizona............. 285

11. Denver.............. 285

14. COLORADO............ 286

15. UC-Santa Barbara.... 289

16. Pacific............. 293

17. Hawaii-Hilo......... 294

17. Nagoya Univ......... 294

17. San Francisco....... 294

20. Hawai'i............. 297