Golfers Tied For Fourth At Own Stevinson Ranch Invitational
STEVINSON, Calif. ? The University of Colorado golf team is tied for fourth place after two rounds in its own seventh annual University of Colorado-Stevinson Ranch Invitational, perhaps the most important meet of the season for the Buffaloes.
Kansas, the winner of five of the first six events, again is a top the leader board as the Jayhawks were the only team to post team rounds under par in both the morning (a 2-under 286) and afternoon (1-under 287). Missouri is in second place, six behind its long-time rival with a 579 score, with Nebraska, ranked No. 146 by Golfweek and GolfStat, playing one of its best tournaments of the year with an 8-over 584 score.
Colorado is tied for fourth with the University of Denver, as the Buffaloes and Pioneers closed day one here with 9-over 585 team totals.
Kansas' Kevin Ward is the individual leader, opening with a 4-under 68 in the morning and then doubled that by recording an 8-under 64 the second time around the course for a 12-under 132 total. The 64 was a tournament record, besting a 66 posted by CU's Ben Portie in the final round back in 2002; the 132 score for 36 holes bested the old mark by three shots, set by a pair of players last year (Iowa State's Tyler Swanson and Drake's Wes Pantling).
Though conditions were ripe for the players to take advantage of the 7,206-yard, par-72 Stevinson Ranch Golf Club course configuration, the course held its own as just two players shot in the 60s in the morning and only five managed to do so in the afternoon, when the winds ceased completely and a light rainfall enabled the players to go right at the pins.
"This is a definite improvement over the way we've been playing this spring," CU head coach Mark Simpson said. "We had a much better start than we've been posting this spring, and to shoot 293, then 292 on a qualify golf course is more of what we're looking for. At this point, we're making a nice recovery from finishing last in our last tournament, and we still have an outside chance to win. So tomorrow will be a good test for this team at this juncture, as it's ?crunch' day for a lot of district teams. How we do in the final round will go a long way in determining our fate for the rest of the year."
CU is being paced by junior Edward McGlasson, who is in the three-way tie for second after turning in a five-under 70-69?139 effort Monday; he was tied for third after the morning round.
"I just played really well today, all around," McGlasson said. "It was just real steady. I had a few trouble shots, but took my medicine and played it safe every time. I tried to play really wise all the way around the course and things just worked out."
An eagle on the par-4 13th hole highlighted McGlasson's afternoon round, even though he drove it into the left rough. "I aimed to the left of the green with a 9-iron from about 129 yards. There was a little mud on the ball, so I had to account for that knowing I had to hit it just right or it would come out funny," he said. "It hit on the left edge (of the green) and rolled in like a putt." It was only the second eagle on a par-4 in tournament history, with the first one occurring just four hours earlier by Iowa State's Rodney Hamblin.
Simpson took his entire active team to California (eight players); five officially count toward CU's team score with the other three competing individually. One of that trio, junior captain Blake Moore, opened with a 76 but bounced back with a 2-under 70 for a 146 total, tying him for 12th place.
Junior Kenny Coakley was next best for the Buffs, with his 73-74?147 effort tying him for 14th; sophomore Ryan Anderson followed, tied for 31st after turning in a 77-73?150 scorecard. Coakley's score counted for the team; Anderson's playing as an individual.
Colorado hosts the tournament here as former CU golfer George Kelley is the owner/general manager of the facility, and he is a former teammate of Simpson's (both were on the 1972 team).
The final 18 holes on Tuesday will commence at 8 a.m. PST in a shotgun format.
Second Round Notes: Ward leads in both par-4 as well as par-5 scoring, thanks to leading the meet in eagles (2) and birdies (11) through 36 holes... CU's Coakley is tied for third in birdies with 9... Eight teams shot better scores in the afternoon than the morning, four improving by a single shot and three others by just two or three; SW Missouri improved the most, knocking 13 shots off its first time around the track.
First Round Notes: Only two players managed to shoot rounds in the 60s, with just 13 bettering par and only another five equaling it in the 81-man field... Iowa State sophomore Rodney Hamblin recorded a tournament first Monday: he scored an eagle on the 339-yard, par-4 8th hole, the first eagle on a par-4 in the seven years of the meet... There were only two eagles in the morning on the four par-5 holes combined, both by Kansas' Kevin Ward, the individual leader at 4-under 68... Hamblin's 32 on the front side tied eight other golfers for the low nine hole score in tournament history as well... There were 18 scores of triple bogey or worse in the morning round, eight coming on the 545-yard par-5 18th.
T 2. Edward McGlasson..... 70-69?139
T12. *Blake Moore......... 76-70?146
T14. Kenny Coakley........ 73-74?147
T31. *Ryan Anderson....... 77-73?150
T42. Derek O'Neill........ 77-75?152
T44. Patrick Grady........ 79-74?153
T50. *Jim Grady........... 72-82?154
T58. Shea Sena............ 73-83?156
(*?playing as an individual; score does not count toward CU team total.)
1. Kansas.............. 286-287?573
2. Missouri............ 289-290?579
3. Nebraska............ 288-296?584
4. COLORADO............ 293-292?585
4. Denver.............. 291-294?585
6. Wichita State....... 295-294?589
7. Iowa State.......... 295-295?590
8. Kansas State........ 298-297?595
9. Illinois State...... 298-300?598
10. CSU-Stanislaus...... 301-299-600
11. San Diego........... 303-299?602
12. Drake............... 304-303?607
13. SW Missouri State... 311-298?609
14. Boise State......... 307-304?611