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GOLFERS OPEN WITH JEKYLL & HYDE DAY

Jan 31, 2005

                TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Colorado men's golf team opened its spring season here Monday, playing one of its worst rounds of the year in the morning but answering with one of its best in the afternoon despite play being suspended due to darkness in the PINA-Arizona Intercollegiate.

 

                BYU owns the lead at 8-under par through 32 holes, with Tulsa in second two strokes back at 6-under.  Host Arizona is in third at even par; Colorado was in 13th place in the 15-team field, standing 25-over par with four holes left to play.  The teams will finish off the second round at 8 a.m. Tuesday, though officials expect a second straight day with frost delays.

 

                The Buffs were in 14th following a 312 team score in the morning, CU's third worst round in five tournaments in 2004-05.  However, behind junior Edward McGlasson, CU countered the 28-over morning effort by ending the day at 4-under par through 14 holes in the afternoon.

 

                McGlasson was 6-under when play was called, scoring six birdies and eight pars after a carding a 79 earlier in the day, when he was done in by double and triple bogeys back-to-back, the triple on a par-3.  He stands at 3-over par overall, goof for a share of 32nd.

 

                Junior Derek O'Neill is tied for 23rd overall, opening with a 1-over 71 and holding at even par the second time around.  He scored a pair of eagles Monday, both coming on the 518-yard, par-5 5th hole.

 

                "We got off to a horrendous start, top to bottom, though Derek was able to rebound," CU head coach Mark Simpson said.  "It's one of those courses where if you make a bad swing, it's going to be a double or triple (bogey).  It was relentless, and with the winds gusting, there was just no tolerance at all if you hit it off the grass.  It was the same for everybody, but the Buffs just spent a little more time in the desert than most of the others.  We just got it going sideways, and when that happens, sometimes it's just tough to get it back.

 

                 "I'm not worried about anything long run," he added.  "The comeback we made tin the afternoon tells me more about the team than the first round score."

 

                Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares had few if any of the sideways problems, as he carded a 65 in the morning and was 3-under in the afternoon to own the individual lead at 9-under on the 6,793-yard, par 71 Arizona National Golf Club course.

 

                "We just need to keep making progress, and obviously the first round out of the chute, we laid an egg," Simpson said.  "But if we can finish the second round with one of the top five scores for the middle 18, we can still post a good finish here."  The third and final round will follow the completion of the second round Tuesday morning.

 

Buffalo Individuals

T23. Derek O'Neill........ 72-53--125 (t-23rd)

T32. Edward McGlasson..... 79-49--128 (t-32nd)

T64. Blake Moore.......... 78-58--136 (t-64th)

T69. Shea Sena............ 84-55--139 (t-69th)

T73. Kenny Coakley........ 83-57--140 (t-73rd)

(all players have four holes remaining in second round)

 

Team Scores

 1. BYU.................. 280-188 (- 8)

 2. Tulsa................ 287-201 (- 6)

 3. Arizona.............. 284-201 (  E)

 4. New Mexico........... 289-196 (+ 4)

 5. Texas A & M.......... 284-193 (+ 5)

 6. Arizona State........ 285-205 (+ 9)

 7. UC-Riverside......... 290-188 (+11)

 8. Fresno State......... 297-192 (+14)

 9. New Mexico State..... 293-219 (+14)

10. UC-Irvine............ 307-202 (+15)

12. UTEP................. 296-202 (+23)

12. California........... 301-200 (+23)

13. COLORADO............. 312-206 (+25)

14. Oregon............... 309-211 (+27)

15. Long Beach State..... 312-212 (+31)