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Three Added To Men's Golf Team

Dec 21, 2005

                BOULDER - Two players who helped ThunderRidge to a fifth straight state championship this past fall will join a former teammate along with some immediate help from "South of the Border" as assistant golf coach Brad Neher has announced three additions to the University of Colorado men's golf roster.


                Riley Andrews and Luke Symons will both attend CU beginning next fall, while Diego Munoz de Cote Artegas, who hails from Mexico City and has an impressive Mexican and international resume, will enroll in school next month and will immediately be eligible to practice and compete.  


                Neher coordinated recruiting while long-time CU head coach Mark Simpson battled cancer; he passed away on December 5, but was extremely excited about the incoming class.  All three signed letters-of-intent during the fall's early signing period (November 9-16).


                Andrews was the 2004 5A state high school champion, shooting a final round 66 to win by six strokes with a 139 total at The Pinery Country Club southeast of Denver.  It was one of just two final round scores in the 60s, the other scored by Symons, who finished third with a 147 score.  Andrews was the runner-up this past October at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club (72-75?147), while Symons was sixth (81-71?152).


                Andrews was the 2005 CJGA junior stroke play champion, the 5A regional champion and posted 13 other victories as a junior.  As a sophomore, he tied for ninth in the state high school meet, thus giving him three top 10 finishes in the state championships, one of only a handful to ever accomplish that feat.


                Symons, the state leader in stroke average this past fall (71.9), was the 2005 Continental League West champion, finished fourth in the CGA junior stroke play, and posted a pair of impressive sixth place finishes on the AJGA circuit in 2004, at the Southwestern Junior and the Lubbock Junior.  He tied for first in Colorado Open qualifying with a 65 this past July and finished 57th in the tournament, where he was 3-under par through 54 holes.


                They will be reunited with Colorado's redshirt freshman sensation Derek Tolan, who also prepped there.  Tolan posted the second best stroke average for the Buffaloes last fall, along with three top 10 finishes in his first semester of collegiate action.               


"Riley fits the mold of hard working champion, and his record speaks for itself; he works as hard a anyone to continually improve his game," Neher said.  "Luke is an athlete, at six-foot-five, he has power and touch, and his ability to consistently shoot low rounds is most impressive."


Munoz, a member of the Mexican National Team, has posted 18 top three finishes in major competitions since 2002, including six victories.  Among those were the Mexico City Junior in both 2004 and 2005, a grueling test of six two-day stages, the Nacional de Intrezonas, and the Club Championship, a national ranked event.  He was ninth in the 2004 Callaway Junior World Golf Championship and 11th in the 2005 Toyota World Junior Golf Team Championships.


 "Adding Diego for the spring semester will be great for the team," Neher continued.  "He can come in right away and help us, and is very experienced for 18 years old.  You always want the competition so you have the five guys on the travel squad in peak form, knowing that they can be pushed at anytime.


 "I'm very pleased with the overall class," Neher added.  "I think we can say we got the top two players out of Colorado, which is our goal, to keep the best players in state.  We recruit champions and Thunder Ridge has been like a pipeline for us recently.  Diego is a great find for us; we've developed some solid international contacts through the years, and we've had great success augmenting our program with players from places like Australia, Norway, Sweden and Scotland."