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GOLFERS JUMP INTO SIXTH IN HAWAII

Feb 19, 2004

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HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Thanks to a combined seven-under par effort from its senior captains, the University of Colorado men's golf team jumped eight spots into sixth place as the second round of the John Burns Intercollegiate came to a close here Thursday.

 

No. 17 New Mexico saw its lead shrink from four strokes to one, despite carding a 9-under 279 for the day for a 36-hole total of 555.  No. 10 UNLV (556) and No. 28 Arizona (557) are on UNM's heels, while the No. 36 Buffaloes recorded a season-best 8-under 280 in the second round for a 566 score to stand 11 strokes out of the lead.

 

Senior captains Jeff Hanson and Kane Webber combined to shoot 7-under par Thursday, as Hanson scored the best round of his collegiate career, a 5-under par 67 on the 6,917-yard, par-72 Leilehua Golf Course layout.   Hanson is tied for 29th with a 142 score, while Webber scored a second straight 70, giving him a 140 total, tying him 14th overall. 

 

 "Before the tournament I challenged Jeffrey to step it up and bring it home," CU head coach Mark Simpson said.  "He's had it under par many times, but we talked about a different philosophy.  Yesterday (Wednesday), he didn't quite trust it, but today, he came back, trusted his own abilities in what he can do and got rewarded for it.  That's a big step for him.  If we can get Jeff to do that more often, that'll be a huge asset for us.  He's got the game and the talent to do it, and now the confidence knowing he's done it.  This was a breakthrough round for him, in my mind."

 

Sophomore Kenny Coakley was on track to establish a CU record for the most consecutive rounds in the 60s, but wound up carding a 70 after bogeying his next to last hole, ending his streak at three.  But the 2-under effort has put Coakley in position to tie the school mark of five straight subpar rounds, set by John Lindberg in the spring of 1987.  

 

 "Kenny's wedge and short games are really, really good," Simpson said.  "This is a pretty short golf course, and it has a lot of wedge shots that play to his strength.  Any time you have a solid game from a 140 yards in, you're going to be a consistently strong player.  He's been a tremendous addition to our team, even better than I imagined.  It's been pretty pleasing and has really bolstered our depth."

 

 "We came here with a goal to win, and I believe we still think we have a chance to do that," Simpson added.  "We need to shoot 10- or 15-under as a team to be in position to do that, and there's no question in my mind that we can.  That's our focus now, and will be our focus all spring."  

 

This is Simpson's 400th event that he is presiding over in his 28 years as head coach of the Buffaloes.  The tournament will be completed with the final round on Friday.

 

Buffalo Individuals

T11. Kenny Coakley........ 69-70?139

T14. Kane Webber.......... 70-70?140

T29. Jeff Hanson.......... 75-67?142

T73. Edward McGlasson..... 72-76?148

T81. Blake Moore.......... 76-73?149  

 

Team Scores

 1. New Mexico........... 276-279?555

 2. UNLV................. 280-276?556

 3. Arizona.............. 285-272?557

 4. California........... 284-278?562

 5. Texas A & M.......... 283-280?563

 6. COLORADO............. 286-280?566

 7. Brigham Young........ 279-288?567

 7. SMU.................. 281-286?567

 9. San Diego State...... 283-287?570

10. Denver............... 285-286?571

11. Colorado State....... 282-290?572

12. San Jose State....... 282-292?574

13. Pacific.............. 293-283?576

14. Texas-El Paso........ 285-293?578

15. UC-Santa Barbara..... 289-292?581

16. Utah................. 278-304?582

17. Hawaii-Hilo.......... 294-292?586

18. Hawai'i.............. 297-296?593

18. San Francisco........ 294-299?593

20. Nagoya Univ.......... 294-303?597