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Golfers In Eighth At The Maxwell

May 10, 2008

      ARDMORE, Okla. - The University of Colorado men's golf team stands in eighth place after two rounds of The Maxwell, the final tune-up leading up to next week's NCAA Championships.

 

      No. 43 Michigan is ahead of the pack through two rounds, as the Wolverines recorded a 23-under par score of 537.  That was good for a three-shot edge over No. 6 Oklahoma State (540, -20) and a six-stroke advantage over NAIA No. 4 Oklahoma City (543, -17).

 

      Colorado, ranked No. 65, is in at even par through 36 holes, turning in rounds of 282 and 278 for a 560 total.

 

      The format for The Maxwell differs on two major fronts.  First,  all golfers from the same team play together, as opposed to in threesomes with players from two other schools.  Right before regional, this affords coaches an excellent opportunity to see every shot by every one of his players.  The scoring format also is unique in the fact that the low four scores for each hole count toward the team score instead of the low four rounds.

 

      Under the standard scoring format, CU posted rounds of 292 and 288, thus with the hole-by-hole formula, the Buffs were 10 strokes lower each round.  Michigan (559) would still be ahead by three over OSU (562), both of whom picked up 22 strokes scoring by hole rather than by round.

 

      Senior Michael Baird is pacing CU and he's in contention for medalist honors, as he posted a 72-68--140 scorecard Saturday, just one of eight golfers who stands at par or better through 36 holes on the  6,453-yard, par-70 Dornick Hills Country Club course.  He is tied for fifth overall, seven shots out of the lead.

 

      "We definitely played a lot better in the afternoon, but we're really more focused on just trying to get ready for next week," head coach Roy Edwards said.  "But we would like to play well in concert with getting the guys prepared for the regional.

 

      "There's a little bit of rust," Edward said of his team's first competitive play in two weeks following final exams at CU this week.  "We didn't do a great job with shots from 125 yards and in.  You're going to make some mistakes, but we just had too many today on some easy shots.  This format is good because you can really ride momentum but it can also drag you down, which happened to us today.   

 

      "I told the guys to worry more about playing well in the final round to finish up here with a good taste in our mouths," he added.  "We need to improve, and we have to do it quickly."        

 

      Sophomore Luke Symons shot CU's best round in the morning (1-over 71) but came back with a 6-over 76 for a 147 total, tying him for 36th place.  Another Buff sophomore, Justin Bardgett, posted a 74-73--147 effort to match Symons, but he is playing as an individual and his scores don't count toward CU's team total.

       

      Freshman Michael Imperato opened with a 6-over 76 but rallied with a 72 the second time around the track, with his 148 score tying him for 42nd.  His Sunday round will be the 37th of the season, which will tie Matt Zions ('98-99) for the second most by a freshman in school history; Terry Kahl set the record of 41 in 1976-77.

     

      Senior Jim Grady is tied for 49th (78-72--150), while junior Derek Tolan  is tied for 53rd (73-79--152) to round out the CU performances Saturday.

 

      Michigan's Bill Rankin turned in rounds of 67 and 66 for a 7-under 133 total, as he leads the individual race by three shots over Oklahoma State freshman Kevin Tway.  The son of PGA Tour great Bob Tway put a 67-69--136 effort into the books Saturday.

 

      The final round is set for Sunday morning, after which the Buffaloes will return to Boulder briefly before departing Tuesday for the 20th annual NCAA Central Regional in Columbus, Ohio.

 

 BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T  5.  Michael Baird.............................. 72-68--140

T36.  Luke Symons............................... 71-76--147

T36.  *Justin Bardgett........................... 74-73--147

T42.  Michael Imperato........................ 76-72--148 

T49.  Jim Grady.................................... 78-72--150

T53.  Derek Tolan................................. 73-79--152

*--playing as an individual; scores not counting toward CU team total.   

 

 

 TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

 1.  Bill Rankin, Michigan.................... 67-66--133           

 2.  Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State........ 67-69--136

 3.  Anthony Michael, OCU.................. 65-72--137

 4.  Tim Schaetzel, Michigan............... 66-72--138

 5.  Michael Baird, Colorado............. 72-68--140                           

 5.  Julian Valenciana, OCU................ 72-68--140

 5.  Dustin Garza, Wichita State.......... 66-74--140

 

 

 TEAM SCORES

  1.  Michigan.................................. 270-267--537

  2.  Oklahoma State....................... 266-274--540

  3.  Oklahoma City......................... 270-273--543

  4.  Wichita State........................... 273-273--544

  5.  Middle Tennessee State.......... 271-276--547

  6.  Tulsa........................................ 274-276--550

  7.  SMU......................................... 273-279--552

  8.  COLORADO............................ 282-278--560

  8.  Oklahoma................................ 282-278--560

10.  Missouri................................... 280-287--567