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Golfers 13th After Round One In Hilo Intercollegiate

Feb 7, 2007

               WAIKOLOA, Hawai'i -- The University of Colorado men's golf team opened its spring season here Wednesday, and given the chance to play without the threat of snow overhead or already on the ground, the Buffaloes posted a 1-under team score for the round and stand 13th after the first 18 holes of the Hawai'i Hilo Intercollegiate.

 

               No. 2 Stanford leads the 18-team field with a 12-under par 268 score, with Oregon State two back and No. 20 Georgia Tech and No. 25 Arizona State tied for third four off the pace.  Colorado, which enters the spring ranked No. 48 in both the GolfStat and Golfweek rankings, turned in a 279, its best score for a single round in six tournaments in 2006-07.

 

               The Buffs arrived on the Big Island last Saturday, and utilized their time by finally getting back out on an actual golf course after doing most of their work indoors since returning to school with all the snow Colorado has endured since late December.  CU had three practice rounds and several other sessions to get caught up to their peers, and the effort appears to be working.

 

               CU junior Michael Baird led the way for the Buffaloes with a 2-under 68, good for a tie for 17th in the standings.  It was the first sub-70 score posted by a Buff golfer this season, and included a sizzling 4-under 32 on the back nine.  Baird led the Buffs in stroke average for the fall season with a 74.17 figure for six rounds.

 

               Senior Blake Moore and junior Patrick Grady managed even par 70 rounds, with sophomore Derek Tolan recording a 1-over 71.  Freshman Luke Symons rounded out the Buffalo quintet with a 79.

 

               "I think overall we did a good job coming out of the break," CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  "We had three good days of practice before the tournament.  We didn't play our best today, but I feel like we're going to play really well the next two days.  The guys are doing some good things, and they're starting to get more confident and more trusting in the things they've been working on.  In addition to the tournament, we are getting a lot of quality (practice) work in.  That is important for where we want to go later this spring."

 

               "Four of the guys finished with a birdie on the 18th hole, which is always a real positive thing," Edwards added.  "So we're all enthused, and if we can get more putts to fall, I think we can go out and shoot a couple of good, low numbers the next two days."

 

               Georgia Tech's Cameron Tringale and Stanford's Joseph Bramlett are tied for the individual lead, as both carded 6-under par 64 efforts; Bramlett's was highlighted by a 30 on the front nine.  Forty-six of the 94 players in the field shot under par, with eight others shooting even.

 

The second round will be played Thursday and the third and final round on Friday. 

 

 BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T17.  Michael Baird............................. 36-32--68

T47.  Patrick Grady............................. 36-34--70

T47.  Blake Moore............................... 35-35--70

T55.  Derek Tolan................................ 37-34--71

T91.  Luke Symons.............................. 40-39--79

 

 TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS

T1.  Cameron Tringale, Ga. Tech........ 33-31--64

T1.  Joseph Bramlett, Stanford......... 30-34--64

T3.  Oscar Floren, Texas Tech............ 34-32--66

T3.  Tom Glissmeyer, USC................. 35-31--66

T3.  John Wise, Washington.............. 34-32--66

T3.  Alex Williams, Oregon State........ 34-32--66

 

 TEAM SCORES

  1.  Stanford................................. 268

  2.  Oregon State.......................... 270

  3.  Georgia Tech.......................... 272

  3.  Arizona State.......................... 272

  5.  UC-Davis................................ 273

  5.  Oklahoma State...................... 273

  7.  Kansas................................... 274

  8.  Oregon................................... 275

  8.  Southern Cal........................... 275

10.  Santa Clara............................. 276

10.  Washington............................ 276

12.  Texas Tech............................. 277

13.  COLORADO........................... 279

14.  Hawai'i................................... 282

14.  TCU........................................ 282

16.  Pacific.................................... 284

17.  Oklahoma............................... 285

18.  Hawai'i-Hilo............................. 308