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Golfers Inch Up Into 12th Place In Hawaii

Feb 8, 2007

               WAIKOLOA, Hawai'i -- The University of Colorado men's golf team moved up a notch into 12th place Thursday as just one round remains in the Hawai'i Hilo Intercollegiate, the first spring competition on the Buffalo schedule.

 

               No. 3 Oklahoma State sizzled in Thursday's second round, recording a team score of 20-under par 260 to zoom into the lead with a 36-hole total of 533, which is 27 strokes under par.  No. 2 Stanford, the first round leader, posted an 11-under 269 for a 537 total, the same score for No. 20 Georgia Tech, as they are four behind the Cowboys; all three will be paired together Friday.

 

               Colorado, which enters the spring ranked No. 48 in both the GolfStat and Golfweek rankings, registered a 2-under 278 score for a 557 total (3-under par), as the Buffaloes inched up into 12th after standing 13th after the opening 18.

 

               CU junior Michael Baird continued to pace the Buffaloes, as he fired a second straight 2-under 68 on the 6,738-yard, par-70 Waikoloa Village Golf Course.  His 4-under 136 total has him tied for 24th individually. 

 

               Two other Buffs put up red numbers Thursday, as senior Blake Moore and sophomore Derek Tolan both posted 69s, with Moore tied for 42nd with a 139 total and Tolan tied for 45th, one shot back at 140.  It was the first sub-70 scores for both on the season, as Tolan played in all five fall events while Moore appeared in four.

 

               Junior Patrick Grady (74--144) is tied for 70th, while freshman Luke Symons rallied a bit to record a 72 in the second round, but stands 89th overall with a 151 total. 

 

               "We got off to kind of a rough start today, but overall, we did a good job on the back nine to salvage the round," CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  "The golf course is basically really easy, so a bad start is a couple of bogeys here and there.  You lose strokes to the field that way fast on a course like this.  We were four- or five-over at the turn and came back to finish two under, so when you do that, you're pleased with how things finished up.  They maintained their focus, and then the birdies started to come.

 

               "The mindset for (Friday) is to improve again," Edwards added.  "We shot one stroke lower in the second round than the first, and we'd like to keep going in that direction.  If we can get off to a good start, I think we can make a run at a top 10 finish.  We've just got to keep a good attitude and keep trusting in our abilities, as it's all about building toward May.  I think we've done that so far."

 

               Georgia Tech's Cameron Tringale fired a second straight 64 for a 12-under par 128 total, but two players who recorded 8-under 62 scores Thursday are right behind him, Oregon's Derek Sipe (67-62--129) and Oklahoma State's Jonathan Moore (68-62--130).  Forty-four players remain under par through 36 holes, with another eight still even in the 94-man field.

 

The third and final round is scheduled Friday. 

 

 

 BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T24.  Michael Baird............................. 68-68--136        

T42.  Blake Moore............................... 70-69--139        

T45.  Derek Tolan................................ 71-69--140        

T70.  Patrick Grady............................. 70-74--144

  89.  Luke Symons.............................. 79-72--151

  

 TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS

   1.  Cameron Tringale, Ga. Tech.......... 64-64--128

   2.  Derek Sipe, Oregon...................... 67-62--129

   3.  Jonathan Moore, Okla. State........ 68-62--130

 T4.  Robert Castro, Georgia Tech........ 67-65--132

 T4.  Tom Glissmeyer, USC.................. 66-66--132

 

 TEAM SCORES

  1.  Oklahoma State...................... 273-260--533

  2.  Stanford................................. 268-269--537

  2.  Georgia Tech.......................... 272-265--537

  4.  Arizona State.......................... 272-267--539

  5.  Oregon................................... 275-267--542

  6.  Oregon State.......................... 270-273--543

  7.  Southern Cal........................... 275-270--545

  8.  Texas Tech............................. 277-272--549

  8.  Washington............................ 276-273--549

10.  TCU........................................ 282-271--553

11.  UC-Davis................................ 273-281--554

12.  COLORADO........................... 279-278--557

13.  Kansas................................... 274-285--559

14.  Pacific.................................... 284-281--565

15.  Hawai'i................................... 282-283--565

16.  Santa Clara............................. 276-291--567

17.  Oklahoma............................... 285-286--571

18.  Hawai'i-Hilo............................. 308-289--597

 

ALUMNI NEWS -- Former University of Colorado golfer Kane Webber was tied for third after the first round of the Malaysian Open, being held in Kuala Lumpur.  Webber fired a 4-under par 68, and he is two shots behind England's Robert Rock, who shot a career best 66 on the European Tour.  Webber is one of three players tied for third in the event, which runs through Sunday.