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Men's Golf Hosts 7th Annual Stevinson Ranch Invitational

Mar 20, 2005

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            STEVINSON, Calif. - Fourteen teams will compete here this Monday and Tuesday for the title in the seventh annual University of Colorado-Stevinson Ranch Invitational.


            Colorado hosts the tournament at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club, with a championship layout of 7,206-yards and a par-72 configuration.  Former CU golfer George Kelley is the owner/general manager of the facility, and he is a former teammate of Buff head coach Mark Simpson.


            In addition to the host Buffaloes, participating teams include Boise State, Cal-State Stanislaus, Denver, Drake, Illinois State, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, San Diego, SW Missouri State and Wichita State.  Kansas and Wichita State are the highest ranked teams in Division I in the field, at No. 38 and No. 40, while CSU-Stanislaus, a perennial Division II power, comes in at No. 17.


            The schools will play two rounds on Monday and the final 18 holes on Tuesday in a shotgun format.  Tee times are 8 a.m. each day, with the second round on Monday immediately following completion of the first round as there is continuous play to complete the 36 holes.


            Kansas is the defending champion, as the Jayhawks reclaimed the title in 2004 after winning he first four CU-Stevinson meet between 1999 and 2002; Pacific is the lone to break the Jayhawk reign with the 2003 title.


            As for Colorado, the Buffaloes have played in seven tournaments this year, and after opening strong and peaking at No. 23 in the country and third in the district last October, the Buffs have spiraled downward.  Starting with a disappointing 13th place (out of 16 teams) in the Prestige At PGA West, the final competition last fall, the Buffs have had four straight meets without a top 10 finish. 


            The low came last time out, as Colorado finished 15th at the Louisiana Classics (out of 15); the Buffs hadn't finished alone in last in a tournament in over nine years, going back to a 14th place finish at the 1996 PING-Arizona Intercollegiate.  There have been several high points-one when Edward McGlasson broke the school's 38-year old scoring record by posting an 8-under 63 in the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate (Hale Irwin established the mark of 7-under with a 65 in the 1967 NCAA Championship; others had matched it and John Nyuli bettered the gross total with a 64 in 1990, but McGlasson is the first to hold both by himself since Irwin).  


            Simpson took his entire active team to California (eight players), as five will officially count toward CU's team score and three will compete individually.  Juniors Kenny Coakley, Edward McGlasson and Derek O'Neill and true freshmen Patrick Grady and Shea Sena will participate at Stevenson Ranch as CU's official team; junior captain Blake Moore, sophomore Ryan Anderson and frosh redshirt Jim Grady will play individually.


            O'Neill is nursing a slight ankle sprain; he's been okay in practice, but if there is a last-minute switch, Anderson would sub for him in the scoring lineup. 


            McGlasson leads the team in stroke average, both overall (72.90) and for the spring (72.50).  Coakley and Moore join him in being the only three to play in all seven major tournaments this season. 




RESULTS: Results will be available on CU's web site, linked from within the Colorado story and/or from our golf page.  Results should be posted by 7:30 p.m. (PST) on Monday and by 3:00 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday.  Quick quotes from winning coach and medalist will be provided if time permits as well.  Due to the off-site location and lack of practical office facilities (we are basically in a rural area), results will not be faxed to individual schools.  However, results will also be e-mailed (in Adobe PDF format) to participating schools.