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Mar 31, 2004

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                BOULDER - University of Colorado senior Kane Webber has been named the national player of the week by Golfweek in its April 3 issue that hits the newsstands Wednesday, the magazine announced earlier in the day.


                He is believed to be the first Colorado golfer ever recognized with the award, dating back to 1950 when records are first available.             


Webber, selected for the week of March 22-28, earned the honor for his victory on March 24 in the 58th Annual Western Intercollegiate, his first collegiate win.  He triumphed with a 4-under total of 210 for 54 holes on a tough Pasatiempo Golf Club course layout in winning by two strokes.  In doing so, he led the Buffaloes to their first team triumph since the fall of 2000, as Colorado defeated No. 12 California by two shots and No. 4 Georgia Tech by three.  The Buffs are currently ranked No. 34 nationally.


"This being the first award of this nature ever for the University of Colorado golf program, to my knowledge, I consider it a most deserved honor for Kane," CU head coach Mark Simpson said.  "My hope is that the honors will keep flowing for him as he progresses through the remainder of his senior season."


Webber leads the team in 13 statistical categories, with his 71.30 overall stroke average threatening the 38-year old record of 72.04, set by the legendary Hale Irwin when he was a junior in 1966.  He has eight top 20 finishes (four top 10) in nine tournaments this season, and was the Big 12 Conference's Golfer-of-the-Month for November.