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Golfers 11th In Rain-Soaked North Carolina

Apr 8, 2005

                HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. - The University of Colorado men's golf team traveled to the southeast exactly one month ago, and the weather that shortened the Louisiana Classics to two rounds has remained in that part of the nation to do the same to the Courtyard By Marriott Intercollegiate.


                Rain fell virtually all day Friday, with thunderstorms and lightning forcing a 45-minute delay three holes into the second round before rearing up again with three holes left to suspend play.  The southeast has been plagued with rainy weather all spring, and this same system also forced the second round of The Masters ? being played 190 miles away in Augusta, Ga. ? to be suspended until Saturday morning.


                No. 8 Wake Forest was in the lead with a 20-under team score when the sirens sounded to stop play, with No. 14 Duke three back of the Demon Deacons.  Colorado stood in 11th place at 4-over as a team, moving up a notch after the morning round.  The Buffs were tied for the seventh best afternoon score, and collectively still had an easy par-5 to play making it possible for CU to complete the second and now final round under par.


                Tournament officials have made it a 36-hole tournament, based on the weather forecast for Saturday along with the fact that the golf course scheduled another tournament Saturday afternoon.  Most coaches weren't pleased with that fact, especially those from schools like Colorado who traveled two times zones over to participate.


                "What do they say, it is what it is," CU head coach Mark Simpson said in referring to the tournament being shortened.  "Otherwise, it was wet, play was slow, but we managed to get in 33 holes in a very rainy North Carolina.  I thought we played pretty decent considering the circumstances, though being 12th out of 15 places wasn't that hot.  We've got some work to do and we're hanging in there, but I saw a lot of good positive signs out there and I'm confident we're headed back in the right direction." 


                Junior Edward McGlasson and freshman Shea Sena are pacing the Buffs, as both stand at even par heading into their final three holes, tying the pair for 27th individually.   Juniors Blake Moore, Derek O'Neill and Kenny Coakley were three, five and seven strokes over par, respectively, with Moore even through 15 holes in the second round with O'Neill three-over for the loop, though he turned at 6-over and bounced back with three consecutive birdies to help bring the Buffs as a team back to even for the second round.


                In the morning round, Coakley opened with three bogeys in his first six holes but rebounded strong with four birdies over the last nine holes to card a 1-under par 71 the 7,002-yard, par 72 Devils Ridge Golf Club course, the best opening 18 hole effort by a Buff on Friday. 


                Georgia Southern's Aron Price held a three-stroke lead when play was called, as he stood at 12-under par after firing an 8-under par 64 in the first round and was 4-under with six holes remaining his second time around the course.  Wake Forest's Webb Sampson was alone in second place at 9-under, as he shot a 2-under 70 in the morning and was 7-under with four holes left in the afternoon.


                This is the final intercollegiate tune-up prior to the Big 12 Championships later this month, though CU will have a Ryder Cup style match against the Alumni in Denver on April 25 in the inaugural Fowler Cup.


Buffalo Individuals

T27. Edward McGlasson....... 73-(-1)??(  E)

T27. Shea Sena.............. 74-(-2)??(  E)

T51. Blake Moore............ 75-( E)??(+ 3)

T59. Derek O'Neill.......... 74-(+3)??(+ 5)

T65. Kenny Coakley.......... 71-(+8)??(+ 7)


Team Scores

 1. Wake Forest........... 279-(-11)??(-20)

 2. Duke.................. 280-(- 9)??(-17)

 3. Georgia Southern...... 273-(+ 1)??(-14)

 4. Virginia.............. 281-(- 2)??(- 9)

 5. North Carolina State.. 286-(- 6)??(- 8)

 6. Tennessee............. 287-(- 5)??(- 1)

 7. Florida State......... 286-(  E)??(- 2)

 7. Tulsa................. 288-(- 2)??(- 2)

 9. North Carolina........ 285-(+ 4)??(+ 1)

10. Kansas................ 287-(+ 3)??(+ 2)

11. COLORADO.............. 292-(  E)??(+ 4)

12. Virginia Tech......... 295-(+ 4)??(+11)

13. East Tennessee State.. 300-(+ 1)??(+13)

13. North Florida......... 290-(+11)??(+13)

15. Northwestern.......... 297-(+10)??(+19)