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Golfers Tied For Ninth At Big 12 Championships

Apr 24, 2006

                TULSA, Okla. - The University of Colorado men's golf team overcame a shaky start and was in the process of posting one of the best single round scores of the day when wild Great Plains weather suspended play for a second time here Monday in the 10th Annual Big 12 Conference Championships.


                Thunderstorms suspended play for just over two hours near the end of CU's first round, and then prompted an early end to the day when they returned to the area at 5:52 p.m. (MDT) with all 12 teams on the course with anywhere from three to nine holes remaining.  Play will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, weather permitting, with the final round now set for Noon; rains also continued to drench the Tulsa area Monday evening.


                No. 37 Oklahoma is the leader, despite all five of its Big 12 South Division counterparts being ranked among the nation's top 25 and a subpar performance so far from its top golfer, defending Big 12 champion Anthony Kim.  The Sooners and No. 18 Texas were tied atop the leader board after 5-over 285 scores in the first round, but OU was at plus-7 with anywhere from three to six holes left in the second round for its quintet of players, good for a three stroke lead over No. 16 Texas Tech, with the Longhorns four back at 11-over.  Kim was 9-over on the day, but the other four Sooner players were all in the top 22 at the day's end.



                As for the Buffaloes, ranked No. 51 nationally and playing without a head coach, the day didn't start out well.  An opening round of 301, 21-over par, left CU in last place, though just 10 strokes out of the first division (top six).  However, recalling advice late head coach Mark Simpson always gave the team, the Buffaloes rebounded to stand at just 3-over for the second round when play was suspended, good to vault into a tie for ninth at 24-over and just six strokes back of fourth place.


                The Buffs are being paced by senior Edward McGlasson, ranked No. 32 in the nation individually, and junior Ryan Anderson, both of whom were 3-over at the last juncture that scores were polled (every three holes), good to tie the pair for 14th overall.  When play resumes Tuesday, McGlasson has a 6-foot putt for birdie on No. 1, while Anderson is on the third hole, parring No. 1 but scoring a double bogey on No. 2 (the Buffs teed off on the back nine in the second round). 


                Anderson's 1-over 71 was CU's best individual score in the first round, while McGlasson carded a 75 but was 2-under at the turn the second time around the 7,055-yard, par-70 Southern Hills Country Club course layout.  He was one of eight players on the course currently under par in the second round, with just one (Texas Tech's Jake Youman-Wise) ahead of him at 3-under.


                "I grew up playing courses like this; tree-lined courses have always suited my eye and my game, because they take patience and a lot of thought process," Anderson said.  "You just can't pull out driver every time.  I feel I can hit a lot of different shots, and when I have got into trouble, I've been aggressive when I've needed to be and conservative when I should be, and I've had a pretty solid short game so far.


                "The first round (score) wasn't what we wanted, not the way we would have like to have played, but we went out there and persevered," Anderson added.  "Persevered was a word Coach Simpson issued a lot, go out and hit every shot like it's the most important shot you've had all day and things will eventually work out your way."  I think he would have been proud of the way we bounced back, but we have to continue it tomorrow."


                McGlasson echoed many of the same sentiments.


                "It's funny ? when I was a freshman, I acted and played like a freshman," he said.  "I was walking around today, saying, ?I was over there, I was under that tree or I was in that bunker.'  Coach Simpson walked around with me a lot my freshman year, and I think really proved beneficial for this time around.  I can walk around the course this year knowing how to play championship golf.  Coach ingrained in me that there is championship golf and there is tournament golf.  Double bogeys are going to hurt you, and whenever I've got into trouble, I took my medicine and chipped out or just played for a par save instead of trying to hit some miracle shot.  That's a combination of patience and playing smart.  He always tried to focus us on staying in the present, and not to let something bad that happened to keep affecting you.


                "Coach Simpson also told me that great players play their best when their best is needed, and it occurred to me after we were finished today that while at a championship, you want to go out and play your best golf, but at the same time, you don't want to be so intense that you can't enjoy things.  It's nice as a senior to have a couple of years under my belt playing such a tough course."


                Diego Munoz was the next Buffalo in the standings, as the freshman from Mexico City is tied for 30th and an opening round 76 and checked in at 2-over through 12 holes in the second round, turning at 3-over and then overcoming severe leg cramps to birdie No. 1 and par the next two holes.


                Senior Kenny Coakley opened with a 9-over 79 to stand tied for 56th, but has settled down and is just 1-over through 10 holes in the second round, including an impressive 15-foot birdie on No. 18 that he dedicated to Simpson upon leaving the green.


                "That one's for Simps," Coakley proclaimed to associate athletic director David Plati, assistant AD Charles Johnson and CU trainer Nicole Makris, all with the team this week in the absence of a head coach after interim coach Brad Neher resigned last Friday.


                Coakley, who parred No. 1 and had a 40-footer for birdie on No. 2 when the siren sounded, is at 10-over through 28 holes, is now in a 39th-place tie with his improved play.  "I've corrected what I was doing wrong (in the first round), and feel real good about things right now," he said.


                Freshman Derek Tolan likely would have made Simpson the proudest.  After a 13-over par 83 to open the day, the redshirt from Highlands Ranch who played in the U.S. Open as a 16-year old in 2002 was just 1-over through 10 holes and his drive on No. 2 square in the middle of the fairway.


                Simpson used to emphasize that his players should not let one bad hole or one bad round turn into two, and Tolan didn't give his first round a second thought once he made his way to the 10th tee for the second loop.


                Oklahoma's Brodie Flanders is the individual leader heading into Tuesday, as he recorded an opening 69 and stood 1-under in the afternoon for a 2-under par effort that was good for a one shot lead over Kansas' Gary Woodland, the only other player in red numbers on the leaderboard.  Two others are even, OU's Shawn LaFontaine and Texas Tech's Andrew Dresser.


NOTES: Prior to the start of play, there was a moment of silence on both the Nos. 1 and 10 tees for Simpson in his memory.  The Big 12 Conference provided a touching tribute, citing the void without Simpson present at the first Big 12 or Big Eight championship since the early 1970s... McGlasson birdied his first hole of the day (No. 1), one of just 10 players to open these Big 12 Championships with a red number, while 13 players opened with a bogey and two others with a double bogey; the other four Buffaloes opened with pars... The Buffs, scheduled to return Tuesday afternoon, will now likely travel back to Colorado early Wednesday as play is expected to completed well past CU's Frontier flight at 4:25 p.m.



TEAM SCORES (Second Round In Progress When Suspended)

 1.  Oklahoma............ 285-(+ 2)-(+ 7/3-6 holes remaining)

 2.  Texas Tech.......... 289-(+ 1)-(+10/6-9 holes remaining)

 3.  Texas............... 285-(+ 6)-(+11/3-6 holes remaining)

 4.  Texas A & M......... 289-(+ 9)-(+18/6-9 holes remaining)

 5.  Nebraska............ 291-(+10)-(+21/3-6 holes remaining)

 6.  Oklahoma State...... 299-(+ 3)-(+22/6-9 holes remaining)

 6.  Kansas.............. 295-(+ 7)-(+22/3-6 holes remaining)

 8.  Baylor.............. 289-(+14)-(+23/3-6 holes remaining)

 9.  Colorado............ 301-(+ 3)-(+24/6-9 holes remaining)

 9.  Kansas State........ 296-(+ 8)-(+24/6-9 holes remaining)

11.  Iowa State.......... 293-(+21)-(+34/3-6 holes remaining)

12.  Missouri............ 300-(+15)-(+35/6-9 holes remaining)


 INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Second Round In Progress When Suspended)

 1. Brodie Flanders, Oklahoma.... 69-(-1)--(- 2/thru 33 holes)

 2. Gary Woodland, Kansas........ 71-(-2)--(- 1/thru 30 holes)

 3. Shawn LaFontaine, Oklahoma... 69-(+1)--(  E/thru 33 holes)

 3. Andrew Dresser, Texas Tech... 71-(-1)--(  E/thru 27 holes)

 5. Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas..... 71-( E)--(+ 1/thru 33 holes)

 5. Jeff Bell, Texas............. 70-(+1)--(+ 1/thru 30 holes)

 5. Judd Cornell, Nebraska....... 72-(-1)--(+ 1/thru 30 holes)

 5. Oscar Floren, Texas Tech..... 69-(+2)--(+ 1/thru 30 holes)

 5. Brady Schnell, Nebraska...... 68-(+3)--(+ 1/thru 30 holes)

 5. Ben Kern, Kansas State....... 72-(-1)--(+ 1/thru 27 holes)

 5. Jake Younan-Wise, Texas Tech  74-(-3)--(+ 1/thru 27 holes)

12. Matt Mills, Texas............ 70-(+2)--(+ 2/thru 33 holes)

12. Martin Piller, Texas A&M..... 72-( E)--(+ 2/thru 30 holes)

14. Ryan Anderson, Colorado...... 71-(+2)--(+ 3/thru 27 holes)

14. Edward McGlasson, Colorado... 75-(-2)--(+ 3/thru 27 holes)

14. Chase Thomas, Baylor......... 70-(+3)--(+ 3/thru 33 holes)

14. Trent Leon, Oklahoma State... 74-(-1)--(+ 3/thru 27 holes)

18. Justin Fraley, Oklahoma...... 72-(+2)--(+ 4/thru 30 holes)

18. Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M... 72-(+2)--(+ 4/thru 27 holes)

18. Robert Gates, Texas A&M...... 70-(+4)--(+ 4/thru 27 holes)

18. Peter Malnati, Missouri...... 72-(+2)--(+ 4/thru 27 holes)

22. Phillip Bryan, Oklahoma...... 75-( E)--(+ 5/thru 33 holes)

22. Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State. 75-( E)--(+ 5/thru 30 holes)

22. Joe Kinney, Kansas State..... 74-(+1)--(+ 5/thru 27 holes)

22. Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma St.  74-(+1)--(+ 5/thru 27 holes)

26. Jeremy Frye, Baylor.......... 71-(+5)--(+ 6/thru 30 holes)

27. Ryan Baca, Baylor............ 74-(+3)--(+ 7/thru 30 holes)

27. Chris Baker, Iowa State...... 72-(+5)--(+ 7/thru 30 holes)

27. Jhonattan Vegas, Texas....... 74-(+3)--(+ 7/thru 30 holes)

30. Diego Munoz, Colorado........ 76-(+2)--(+ 8/thru 33 holes)

30. Pete Krsnich, Kansas......... 75-(+3)--(+ 8/thru 30 holes)

30. Johnny Larson, Iowa State.... 75-(+3)--(+ 8/thru 30 holes)

30. Jerad Harklau, Texas A&M..... 75-(+3)--(+ 8/thru 27 holes)

30. John Kelly, Missouri......... 74-(+4)--(+ 8/thru 27 holes)

30. Santiago Rivas, Texas Tech... 75-(+3)--(+ 8/thru 27 holes)

36. Rodney Hamblin, Iowa State... 73-(+6)--(+ 9/thru 30 holes)

36. Anthony Kim, Oklahoma........ 75-(+4)--(+ 9/thru 30 holes)

36. Luke Trammell, Kansas........ 75-(+4)--(+ 9/thru 30 holes)

39. Randy Lowry, Texas........... 77-(+3)--(+10/thru 33 holes)

39. Joe Cermak, Iowa State....... 73-(+7)--(+10/thru 30 holes)

39. Chris Clarke, Oklahoma St. .. 76-(+4)--(+10/thru 30 holes)

39. Tyler Docking, Kansas........ 78-(+2)--(+10/thru 30 holes)

39. Andrew Parr, Texas A&M....... 76-(+4)--(+10/thru 30 holes)

39. Drew Reynolds, Nebraska...... 74-(+6)--(+10/thru 30 holes)

39. Kenny Coakley, Colorado...... 79-(+1)--(+10/thru 27 holes)

39. Ben Scott, Missouri.......... 77-(+3)--(+10/thru 27 holes)

39. Robert Streb, Kansas State... 77-(+3)--(+10/thru 27 holes)

39. Kyle Yonke, Kansas State..... 75-(+5)--(+10/thru 27 holes)

49. Brian Meck, Baylor........... 78-(+3)--(+11/thru 33 holes)

49. Ty Capps, Nebraska........... 79-(+2)--(+11/thru 30 holes)

49. Garrett Merrill, Texas Tech.. 75-(+6)--(+11/thru 30 holes)

49. Tyler Cummins, Kansas State.. 75-(+6)--(+11/thru 27 holes)

53. Bill Alcorn, Baylor.......... 74-(+8)--(+12/thru 33 holes)

53. Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State... 79-(+3)--(+12/thru 27 holes)

55. Zach Pederson, Kansas........ 74-(+9)--(+13/thru 33 holes)

55. Shawn Jasper, Missouri....... 77-(+6)--(+13/thru 27 holes)

57. Trent Price, Nebraska........ 77-(+7)--(+14/thru 33 holes)

57. Chris Mabry, Missouri........ 78-(+6)--(+14/thru 27 holes)

59. Derek Tolan, Colorado........ 83-(+2)--(+15/thru 27 holes)

60. Curtis Foster, Iowa State.... 81-(+8)--(+19/thru 33 holes)

 (Note: Scores are polled every three holes)





--Weather. The temperature at the start of round one was 73 degrees, with the humidity at 60 percent with cloudy skies.  A system blew into Tulsa and forced play to be suspended at 1:40 p.m.; after a 2-hour and 5-minute delay due to heavy rains and the threat of lightning, play resumed at 3:45 p.m.  Play then continued until 6:52 p.m., when it was called for the day when another thunderstorm hit with severe lightning.


--Completion of Second Round.  No player completed their second round, though all completed at least nine holes.  Play will resume at 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday, and without any further weather delays, the third and final round likely would begin around 1 p.m.


--Luck of the Draw.  First-day pairings are drawn up in accordance to the school placing in the coaches poll; by luck, all six North Division schools were paired together, as were the six South Division teams.


--Out of The Gate.  Ten players in the 60-man field opened these Big 12 Championships with a birdie, with two schools having two players do it: Kansas State (Joe Kinney, Robert Streb) and Missouri (Ben Scott, Peter Malnati).  The other six were from Colorado (Edward McGlasson), Kansas (Gary Woodland), Nebraska (Brady Schnell), Oklahoma (Brodie Flanders), Texas (Jeff Bell) and Texas Tech (Andrew Dresser); by contrast, 13 players scored bogeys and two registered double bogeys.


--Speed.  The first group ? Trent Price (Nebraska), Zach Pederson (Kansas) and Curtis Foster (Iowa State) ? finished in four hours and 14 minutes, considered fast for college (remember, they carry their own clubs) as well as for a tough golf course.  The weather delay, of course, threw off the rest of the day. 


--Defending Champions.  Both the defending individual and team champions struggled in their opening defense of their titles: Oklahoma State, last year's winner by nine strokes at Whispering Pines (Trinity, Texas), shot a 19-over par team score of 299 and was in 10th place, 14 strokes behind co-leaders Texas and Oklahoma (285); OU's Anthony Kim, who claimed medalist honors by six strokes, shot a 75 in the morning to tie for 32nd, seven strokes off the lead.


--History.  History is on the Big 12's side for all three rounds to be completed.  The first nine Big 12 meets were not shortened due to the weather, and only one Big Six/Seven/Eight Conference and one Southwest Conference were reduced to 36 holes.  In the old Big Eight, the 1967 event in Norman was cut short; that forced a tie for medalist between Hale Irwin (CU, a three-time U.S. Open champion now on the Senior Tour) and Grier Jones (the former PGA Tour performer who is now head coach at Wichita State).  In the old SWC, the 1988 tournament in Plano was shortened to two rounds.


--Doubled.  There were four subpar rounds in Monday's opening round (one 68, three 69s), doubling the number from the entire tournament when it was held at Southern Hills in 2003.  Both subpar rounds were posted that year by individual champion Hunter Mahan (OSU), who won by 13 strokes (73-67-68?208); only two rounds of par (70) were recorded that entire meet as well, and that number was also doubled Monday the first time around the track.


--Highs.  How hard was Southern Hills playing?  The Big 12's top two stroke average leaders, Ryan Baca (Baylor) and Pablo Martin (Oklahoma State) were in unfamiliar territory.  Baca, averaging 70.3 strokes per 30 rounds this year, shot an opening 74, only the fourth time he recorded a round that high this season (three 74s, one 76).  Martin, in at a 70.5 norm for 24 rounds, shot a 5-over 75, his high score of the year; it was just his eighth round over par this year, six of which were 1-over 73s along with one 2-over 74.


--Record Matched.  Oklahoma and Texas both carded 5-over 285 team scores, which matched the championship record for the low gross score after one round (Texas in 2002 and Oklahoma State last year, both on par-70 courses as well).


--Schnell Ties Sixth Lowest.  Nebraska junior Brady Schnell scored the low round of the morning, a 2-under par 68, tying him for the sixth-lowest opening round score in Big 12 Championship history.  It has been bested only by a single 64 and  66 and three 67s.






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