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GOLFERS, WEBBER IN THIRD AT BOILERMAKER INVITATIONAL

Apr 10, 2004

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The University of Colorado men's golf team continued its fine spring here Saturday, as the Buffaloes are in third place after two rounds of the Purdue Boilermaker Invitational.

 

Host Purdue, with a blistering afternoon round, owns the lead with a 14-under par 562 score, good for a nine stroke advantage over No. 24 Kentucky (571), with the Buffs, ranked No. 31, in third with a 572 score.  The three leaders separated themselves from the pack in the 18-team field by being the only ones with four golfers in the top 30, and in Purdue's case, four in the top six.

 

There are 11 top 50 teams in the field, including four top 25 squads; in last Monday's most recent rankings, Colorado came in at No. 31 (GCAA), No. 35 (Golfweek) and No. 39 (GolfStat).  CU is competing here as the Purdue will host next month's NCAA Central Regional at the same facilities; it's the first time the Buffaloes have ever competed in the state of Indiana and they seem to like it.

 

Colorado was third after the morning round, three strokes behind Purdue, and cemented its standing by posting the third best score in the afternoon, when the winds picked up a bit from being calm at the start of the day.  The Buffs came in at par for the first 18 holes and came back with a 4-under 284 the second time around the course, one of only five subpar team rounds on the day.

 

Senior captain Kane Webber continued his solid play, as he is pacing the Buffs here with a 71-69?140 scorecard.  That's good for a third-place tie after 36 holes and has him in contention to win his second tournament in three weeks, as he's just two back of Northwestern's Tom Johnson, who posted a pair of 69s for a 138 total.

 

CU sophomore Blake Moore is also in the hunt, only three off the lead, as he turned in a 70-71?141 scorecard on the 7,035-yard, par-72 Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex on the Purdue campus.  The Buffs' other senior captain, Jeff Hanson, is tied for 19th after a 73-71?144 effort, with soph Edward McGlasson tied for 30th after recording a 74-73?147.

 

"We're playing pretty well here, but I feel very good about the way we're playing overall right now, said CU head coach Mark Simpson.   "First, Kane is a stable force for us, and he continues to come through.  Blake has stepped up in this tournament, and that's a huge factor, but having four in the top 30 is getting things done from a team standpoint.  Everyone is contributing."

 

CU entered this meet with a 10-7-1 record against NCAA District 5 teams and a 10-10 mark versus Big 12 Conference schools, but lead No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 18 Oklahoma and No. 29 Kansas State by a combined 48 strokes heading into the final round.

 

"Being well ahead of the three other district teams here is a good sign for us, because it's big heading into the conference championships," Simpson said of CU's advantage over three key district and Big 12 rivals.  "If I?m not mistaken, the pairings have already been made, and the fact that we could be 2-0 against Oklahoma and 1-0 against Oklahoma State going in would be important on many levels.  In our minds, going in we could be the best team in the district, if we take care of business Sunday."

 

The final round will be played Sunday beginning at 7 a.m. MDT, the last competition for the Buffaloes before the Big 12 Conference Championships later this month in Hutchinson, Kan. (April 26-27).

 

Buffalo Individuals

T 3. Kane Webber........... 71-69--140

T 6. Blake Moore........... 70-71--141

T19. Jeff Hanson........... 73-71--144

T30. Edward McGlasson...... 74-73--147

T50. Kenny Coakley......... 74-76--150

Team Scores

 1. Purdue............... 285-277--562

 2. Kentucky............. 291-280--571

 3. COLORADO............. 288-284--572

 4. TCU.................. 293-285--578

 5. Illinois............. 289-290--579

 6. Northwestern......... 292-288--580

 7. Louisville........... 294-287--581

 8. Indiana.............. 297-288--585

 9. Kent State........... 286-300--586

10. Oklahoma State....... 295-292--587

11. Oklahoma............. 301-287--588

12. Kansas State......... 300-289--589

13. Miami, Ohio.......... 297-299--596

14. Michigan............. 301-297--598

15. Michigan State....... 307-298--605

16. Notre Dame........... 303-303--606

17. Iowa................. 309-304--613

18. Wisconsin............ 301-315--616