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SIMPSON TO BE INDUCTED INTO GCAA HALL OF FAME

Nov 2, 2004

PALM DESERT, Calif. ? It was a bittersweet day for University of Colorado men’s golf coach Mark Simpson Tuesday, as it was announced that he would be inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame the same day his team finished a disappointing 13th in The Prestige At PGA West, the team’s final event of the fall season.

 

The GCAA will induct Simpson, South Carolina’s Puggy Blackmon, Allegheny’s Norm Sundstrom and Stanford’s Eddie Twiggs into their prestigious Hall of Fame this January 12 in New Orleans.

 

“It’s always nice to be honored by your peers, and I’m definitely humbled by the award,” Simpson said.  “It’s a broad-based criteria, and there are many enshrined coaches who have won national championships.  In a way, having not won an NCAA title, I don’t know if it’s well deserved.  But I have enjoyed serving college golf and working to do what I could to make things better, and that’s probably one of the reasons I’m going in.  You need four or five things, but I’m sure my involvement in college golf administration and my long coaching tenure (28 years) were the two biggest factors.

 

Simpson is currently the immediate past-president of the GCAA, with one of his main roles being to administer the Palmer Cup.  He served two-and-a-half years as GCAA president (2000-2002), as he was elected as secretary in 1996 and ascended to president in January 2000. He also served on the NCAA’s Men’s Golf Committee (including two years, 1990-91, 1991-92, as chairman) and on the NCAA Golf Ethics Committee. He has also served on the District Five Selection and the Golf Coaches Association’s All-American Committees.  He has had four of his players play on the PGA Tour: Steve Jones, Jonathan Kaye, Tom Woodard and Rick Cramer, and has coached six All-Americans, 13 all-conference performers and 15 All-America Scholars.

 

As for the tournament, No. 22 UCLA defended its title thanks to recording the best round of the tournament with a 294 for the final 18 holes.  The Bruins moved up from second to the win with an overall score of 904, topping first day leader and host UC-Davis (913) and UC-Irvine and Texas Tech, who tied for third at 917. 

 

Colorado, ranked No. 44, shot its best round here with a closing 307 to finish with a 943 total, but the Buffs remained where they started the day?in 13th place.  The Buffs were 79-over par for the tournament, however, UCLA won at 40-over par, easily the highest score to win a tournament in college golf this year.  The course, utilized for a PGA Tour Qualifying School qualifier last week, remained set in the same tough manner with hard greens and challenging pin placements.

 

“There was no wind today, but the course played almost just as hard.  There were probably seven or eight holes that are very penalizing.  You miss a shot by just a smidge, and triple bogey can become the norm,” Simpson said.  “Overall, the bottom line is that it was not a good tournament showing for us.  But we have quality kids and quality players, so we’ll be back in the spring.  Our focus is to peak at the conference and NCAA time, and it’s time for a break.  These guys have been playing for 10 straight months including summer play, so we can all take a break and come back focused and hungry.”

 

Junior Edward McGlasson, playing in his home state, won the mental battle Tuesday and was one of just six players to shoot par or better.  He matched par on the 7,156-yard, par-72 Greg Norman Course At PGA West to finish with a 223 total (7-over), recording CU’s best individual finish this fall in tying for fifth place.

 

Redshirt frosh Jim Grady (75) and junior Blake Moore (77) were CU’s next best finishers, tying for 53rd with 24-over par 240s.  Freshman Shea Sena shot a final round 84 for a 244 total to place 65th, while junior Kenny Coakley finished with an 83 for a 247 and 71st place standing.

 

UC-Davis’ Erik Hill shot a 69 to finish with a 1-over 217 total to claim medalist honors by two strokes over first-day leader Cole Isban of Notre Dame.

 

The Buffs will take of the better part of the next two months and will return to practice in January ahead of the spring opener, the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, on the 31st of that month.

 

Buffalo Individuals

T 5. Edward McGlasson.... 77-74-72--223

T53. Jim Grady........... 82-83-75--240

T53. Blake Moore......... 79-84-77--240

 65. Shea Sena........... 83-77-84--244

 71. Kenny Coakley....... 80-84-83--247

 

Team Scores

 1. UCLA.................. 302-308-294--904

 2. UC-Davis.............. 306-303-304--913

 3. UC-Irvine............. 305-307-305--917

 3. Texas Tech............ 311-311-295--917

 5. Oklahoma.............. 315-308-299--922

 6. Stanford.............. 313-315-296--924

 7. Kansas................ 313-305-307--925

 7. TCU................... 315-306-304--925

 9. BYU................... 315-314-302--931

10. Notre Dame............ 311-322-301--934

10. Oregon................ 312-314-308--934

12. Pepperdine............ 314-313-308--935

13. COLORADO.............. 318-318-307--943

13. Pacific............... 317-319-314--950

15. Northern Colorado..... 320-335-302--957

16. Yale.................. 336-329-318--983