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Moore's 66 Buoys Golfers At The Maxwell

May 12, 2007

               ARDMORE, Okla. - The University of Colorado men's golf team stood in eighth place after the first two rounds here Saturday of the Perry Maxwell Intercollegiate, the Buffaloes final regular season tune-up ahead of next weeks NCAA Regional Championships.

 

               Fifth-ranked Oklahoma State owns a five stroke lead over No. 21 Tulsa and No. 52 SMU, as the Cowboys posted a 42-under par team score of 518 in Saturday's opening two rounds, played with a different format than the rest of the college golf season.  Instead of taking the four best 18-hole scores of the five players competing, the team score is tallied from the four best scores on every hole.

 

               Colorado, ranked No. 66, is in eighth with a 551 total after rounds of 280 and 271 (which normally would have been 292 and 282, respectively); the latter tied CU's third-best single round gross score this season, and tied as the sixth best round in relation to par (2-over).  The Buffs were hanging around even par most of the day until catching fire over the final 11 holes, which they played 13-under as a team.

 

               The 10-team tournament includes five top 50 teams along with Oklahoma City, the No. 1 ranked NAIA school.

 

               Senior Blake Moore led the Buffalo charge, as after an opening round 74, he bounced back with a 4-under 66, the best single round score of his college career.  He recorded four birdies in a row at one point over the middle of the round (bird.  That bested a 67 he recorded in this same tournament as a sophomore in 2004, and the resulting even-par 140 put him in a 19th place tie at the end of the day.

 

               "I played really well, and 66 is a good number, but I still feel I missed a lot of opportunities as I had some good chances, the team had some good chances," Moore said.  "We finally got things going late, and hopefully the team can keep it up tomorrow."         

 

               "We got off to slow start in the morning, and to a degree in the afternoon, but I was particularly pleased with how we played those last 11 holes," CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  "I am excited to see what we can do (Sunday).  It's our last round before regionals and the last chance to tweak all parts of our game, including the mental side.  It's going to be important for us to start out quicker, to have a sense of urgency.  If we do everything in our game a little bit better, we can improve greatly, and if each of us can do that, then I think we can post a great round.

 

               "I was really proud how Blake played in the second round," he added.  "He was extremely focused and got into a groove, showing exactly what he's capable of doing when he's got everything going in his favor."

 

               Freshman Luke Symons posted a 72-70--142 scorecard, good for 28th, but is playing as an individual here thus his totals don't count toward Colorado's team total.   Junior Michael Baird had CU's next best effort, a he put up a pair of 72s for a 144, good for 39th overall in the 70-man field on the 6,442-yard, par-70 Dornick Hills Country Club Course.

  

               Senior Ryan Anderson and junior Patrick Grady both recorded identical 73-72--145 efforts, tying the pair for 41st, while sophomore Derek Tolan rebounded from a 79 in the morning with a 72 the second time around the track for a 151 total.

 

               SMU senior Colt Knost shot a tournament record 9-under par 61 in the second round, which combined with a 64 earlier in the day gave him a 15-under total of 125 for 36 holes.  That was good for a five stroke lead over Oklahoma State's Ryan Posey.

 

               The final round is set for 7 a.m. MDT Sunday morning.  Edwards has not decided on his final five players for the NCAA's, as he will use the Maxwell's third round along with the U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Walking Stick Golf Club out side of Pueblo in his final analysis for selecting the quintet.  CU will participate in the Central Regional this Thursday through Saturday (May 17-19) in Sugar Grove, Ill.

 

               "Barring the unforeseen, Ryan and Luke are more than likely playing for the final spot for NCAA's," he said.  "It just works out that we have the three rounds here along with the Open qualifying to use in determining our final roster for the regional."

 

 BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T19.  Blake Moore................................ 74-66--140

T28.  *Luke Symons............................. 72-70--142

T39.  Michael Baird.............................. 72-72--144

T41.  Ryan Anderson............................ 73-72--145

T41.  Patrick Grady.............................. 73-72--145

T60.  Derek Tolan................................. 79-72--151

 (*--playing as an individual; scores do not count toward CU team total)

 

 TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS


   1.  Colt Knost, SMU............................ 64-61--125           

   2.  Ryan Posey, Oklahoma State.......... 66-64--130           

   3.  Daniel Mitchell, Oklahoma City........ 68-63--131           

   3.  Nick Geyger, Tulsa......................... 67-64--131           

   5.  Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State......... 67-67--134           

 

 

 TEAM SCORES

  1.  Oklahoma State..................... 261-257--518

  2.  SMU...................................... 260-263--523

  2.  Tulsa...................................... 260-263--523

  4.  Michigan State...................... 267-266--533

  4.  Oklahoma City....................... 269-264--533

  6.  Wichita State......................... 263-272--535

  7.  Oklahoma.............................. 271-273--544

  8.  COLORADO.......................... 280-271--551

  9.  Missouri................................ 286-273--559

10.  Louisiana-Monroe................. 289-276--565