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Golfers 10th At Houston All-American

Feb 26, 2007

               HOUSTON -- The University of Colorado men's golf team never got much going here Monday, and as a result, stood in 10th place after two rounds in the Houston All-American Intercollegiate Invitational.

 

               No. 51 Kansas leads with a 584 team score (8-over par), as the Jayhawks own a two-stroke lead over both host Houston and Middle Tennessee State.  No. 3 ranked Lamar is lurking, tied for fourth with Southeastern Louisiana just three shots back.

 

               Colorado, the third highest ranked team in the field at No. 56, tallied 602 for 36 holes and was 18 out of the lead in a fairly tight field, as just 11 strokes separated the top nine teams in the 11-school field.

 

               The Buffs had an odd day, to say the least, opening with a 303 (15-over par) in the first round; Colorado led the field in birdies with 15 as a team, including five by junior Patrick Grady, but tied for last in pars (44).  Colorado was off to a solid start the first six holes in the afternoon, but couldn't maintain it in posting a 299, though shaving four strokes off its morning total.

 

               Junior Tom Gempel recorded a 75-73--148 scorecard, 4-over par, to pace the Buffaloes Monday, as it was his first competition representing the Buffaloes since transferring to CU at the semester break from Northern Colorado, where he competed his first two-and-a-half years as a collegian.  He is tied for 16th overall in the standings.

 

               Senior Blake Moore is one back of Gempel, tied for 24th, after a 77-72--149 effort on the 7,220-yard, par-72 Traditions Course at Cypresswood Golf Club, but the three other Buffs all had to count one score of 78 (6-over) or higher on their scorecards.

 

               Grady had posted the best score by the Buffs the first time around the course, a 2-over 74, but skied to a 79 for a 153 (9-over) total on the day.  Junior Michael Baird (77-78--155, +11) and senior Ryan Anderson (80-76--156, +12) rounded out the Buffalo quintet.  This also marked the first time sophomore Derek Tolan is not competing in a tournament fully manned for the Buffs, as he did not finish among the top five in team qualifying.

 

               "Overall, it was a struggle, can't really say anything else about it," CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  "The only saving grace was that it seemed like most everyone else struggled along with us.  Houston had a good afternoon and Kansas shot even, otherwise over par was the norm.

 

               "Blake not having his best stuff did a good job coming back in the second round to shoot even par," Edwards added.  "And Tom did a very nice job for his first time playing as a Buff and was very consistent as our fifth guy.  We have a lot of work ahead of us, but hopefully we can come out tomorrow and improve on what was a disappointing day.  "

 

               Kansas' Gary Woodland owns a two-shot lead in the individual race, as he entered a 69-71--140 (4-under) into the books.

 

               The Traditions course played tough Monday, as in the opening round, in the 64-man field just six players broke par with only one equaling it; 13 shot in the red and three others evened it in the afternoon.  The average score in the morning was 76.5, in the afternoon 74.7.

 

The final round of the tournament will begin at 7 a.m. mountain time Tuesday morning.

 

 BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T16.  Tom Gempel............................. 75-73--148

T24.  Blake Moore............................. 77-72--149

T43.  Patrick Grady........................... 74-79--153

T49.  Michael Baird........................... 77-78--155

T52.  Ryan Anderson......................... 80-76--156

 

 TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS

  1.  Gary Woodland, Kansas.............. 69-71--140

  2.  Jordan Irwin, Houston................ 73-69--142

  2.  Chas Narramore, MTSU............. 71-71--142

  4.  Tyler Docking, Kansas................ 71-72--143

  5.  Matthew Carvell, SE La. ............  68-76--144

 

 TEAM SCORES

   1.  Kansas................................... 296-288--584

   2.  Middle Tennessee State....... 296-290--586

   2.  Houston................................. 302-284--586

   4.  Lamar.................................... 296-291--587

   4.  SE Louisiana......................... 294-293--587

   6.  Louisiana-Lafayette.............. 300-290--590

   7.  Iowa State............................ 302-291--593

   8.  Jacksonville State................ 298-296--594

   9.  North Texas.......................... 299-296--595

10.  COLORADO.......................... 303-299--602

11.  Wyoming.............................. 318-315--633