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Golfers In 11th At Aggie Invitational

Apr 15, 2006

                COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The University of Colorado men's golf team struggled in concert with most of the field, battling severe winds and finish the day in 11th place as the first two rounds of the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational were completed here Saturday.

 

                Host Texas A&M is running away with the meet, as the No., 9-ranked Aggies posted a 577 team score, good for a 15-stroke lead over No. 16 Texas Tech.  The Red Raiders, with a 592 score, are just ahead of Kent State (593) and No. 2 Oklahoma State (594), with SMU (600) rounding out the top five.

 

                Colorado shot 311 in the first round and 310 the second time around the loop for a 621 score, which has the Buffaloes 11th in the 12-team field.  Seven Big 12 teams are competing here in the final tune-up ahead of the conference championship meet, set for April 24-25 in Tulsa.

 

                Senior Edward McGlasson, who has climbed to No. 18 nationally in the individual GolfStat rankings, leads the Colorado effort, as he turned in a 75-74--149 performance, tying him for 11th overall.  McGlasson has six straight top 10 finishes, as he is looking for another to add to his school record.

 

                Though warm, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, winds blew steady around 20 miles per hour and often gusted well into the 30 range all day.  As a result, scores were high for both rounds on the 7,235-yard, par-72 Traditions Golf Course layout. 

 

                There were just five subpar rounds scored in the morning round (none in the 60s), and just four in the afternoon, including the lone sub-70 score of the day, a 68 by Texas Tech's Oscar Floren.  He is tied for second individually with Baylor's Ryan Baca at 1-under 143, as3x the pair trails A&M's Robert Gates, who is 2-under after rounds of 72 and 70 for a 142 score.

 

                "It was gusty at times, but it shouldn't have been that big a deal, as we've played in a lot worse wind," interim coach Brad Neher said.  "Edward hung in there tough, and closed strong, just as we've tried to teach them to do.  We need to work on a few things, and fast, especially our course management.  I'm not discouraged; it's just an honest evaluation of where we're at against some of the best teams in the country.  We have great kids with great talent, and hopefully they learned a lot today. 

 

                "So we're looking forward to rebounding tomorrow, finish as high as we can, and build some momentum for the Big 12 Championships."

 

                Junior Ryan Anderson shot a pair of 78s for a 156 total to tie for 42nd, with CU's other three performers right behind him.  Freshman Derek Tolan (78-79--157), sophomore Patrick Grady (80-79--159) and senior Kenny Coakley (160 after a pair of 80s) all struggled as well Saturday.

 

                The final round of the tournament will commence at 6:30 a.m. mountain time Sunday morning.

 

 BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T11. Edward McGlasson.......... 75-74--149

T42. Ryan Anderson............. 78-78--156

T47. Derek Tolan............... 78-79--157

T56. Patrick Grady............. 80-79--159

T59. Kenny Coakley............. 80-80--160

 

 TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS

 1. Robert Gates, Texas A&M.... 72-70--142

 2. Ryan Baca, Baylor.......... 71-72--143

 2. Oscar Floren, Texas Tech... 75-68--143

T4. Four tied................          146

 

TEAM SCORES

 1. Texas A & M.......... 290-287--577

 2. Texas Tech........... 300-292--592

 3. Kent State........... 292-301--593

 4. Oklahoma State....... 294-300--594

 5. SMU.................. 297-303--600

 6. Kansas State......... 302-305--607

 7. Baylor............... 306-304--610

 8. New Mexico........... 305-307--612

 9. Michigan State....... 304-315--619

10. Oklahoma............. 307-313--620

11. COLORADO............. 311-310--621

12. Augusta State........ 311-311--622