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Men's Golf: CU Stevinson Ranch Invitational Starts Monday

Mar 26, 2006

STEVINSON, Calif. - An interesting NCAA interdivision battle could very well highlight the eighth annual University of Colorado-Stevinson Ranch Golf Invitational, which takes place here this Monday and Tuesday.


The 14-team field includes schools from both Divisions I and II, along with an NAIA power.  Colorado serves as host as of the tournament at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club, which boasts a championship layout of 7,205-yards and a par-72 configuration, with greens that feature bent grass. 


Seven NCAA Central Region schools are participating, as the Buffaloes host the tournament here to ensure better weather than what might be available back home in Colorado; former CU golf letterman George Kelley, the owner of Stevinson Ranch, partnered with late CU head coach Mark Simpson to make the event a reality.  Simpson passed away last December 5 from complications due to lung cancer.


Big 12 rivals Missouri (No. 44 in the nation) and the host Buffaloes (No. 50) are the two highest Division I teams participating, and will have their work cut out to defend the division.


CSU-Stanislaus, whose campus is located just eight miles from Stevinson Ranch, is the No. 2-ranked team in Division II, with CSU-Chico coming in at No. 29.  Throw in Oklahoma City, the No. 13 team in the NAIA, and a true battle along three divisions of college golf is anticipated.


            Other participating schools include Air Force, Birmingham Southern, Boise State, Cal-State Monterrey Bay, Drake, Illinois State, Iowa State, Kansas State and Wichita State. 


            The meet will also feature a few of the top players in the college game, led by Boise State's Graham DeLaet, currently ranked as the No. 12 player in the GolfStat Cup Standings.  CSU-Stanislaus' Ryan Thornberry (No. 15), Illinois State's Matt Miller (No. 26) and Colorado's Edward McGlasson (No. 33) are other top 40 players in the field.


            Defending team champion Kansas will not return in 2006, but two of the top three individuals from a year ago are back.  Kansas State senior Ben Kern, who shot a 2-under 214 to finish second, leading the Wildcats to a runner-up finish, returns, while CU's McGlasson was third with a 1-under 215, helping CU to a tie for fifth.  KU won by 20 shots last year, but the second through seventh place teams were separated by two strokes. 


            All of Colorado's active roster will play in the meet: sophomore Patrick Grady, who won team qualifying last week, will play as the No. 1 man, along with the senior McGlasson, junior Ryan Anderson, redshirt freshman Derek Tolan and senior Kenny Coakley are the five who will score as a team for the Buffaloes.  Sophomore Jim Grady and freshmen Diego Munoz and Justin Bardgett will play as individuals.   


            The college-Am and practice rounds were held on Sunday.  Tournament play begins with 36 holes of continuous play on Monday, with the final round set for Tuesday.  Tee times in the shotgun format are at 8 a.m. day; admission is free.