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Golfers Finish Eighth At The Maxwell

May 11, 2008

        ARDMORE, Okla. - The University of Colorado men's golf team ended regular season play on a high note Sunday, though was unable to move up in the standings in finishing in eighth place here Sunday in The Maxwell.

 

        The tournament served as the final tune-up leading up to the NCAA Championships, as regional play begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.

 

        No. 6 Oklahoma State rallied to win its seventh straight Maxwell title, overtaking second round leader and No. 43-ranked Michigan in Sunday's final round.  The Wolverines had led by three shots entering the round, but the Cowboys posted the best team score of the day, an 11-under 269, to leapfrog Michigan and win by three shots. 

 

        OSU had an 809 score, or 31-under par, following by Michigan (812), No. 36 Wichita State (819) and NAIA No. 4 Oklahoma City (821).

 

        Colorado, ranked No. 65, turned in the second best score in the final round, a 6-under 274, but remained eighth in the final standings with an 834 team score.

 

        The format for The Maxwell differed on two major fronts.  First,  all golfers from the same team played together, as opposed to in threesomes with players from two other schools.  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 would have finished seventh and one shot out of sixth; OSU still would have won, though by two strokes over UM with Wichita State just six back.

 

        "We wanted to play well, and I felt really good about how the guys approached today," head coach Roy Edwards said.  "They did a nice job overall, and we definitely have a better taste in our mouths (then after Saturday), that's for sure." 

 

        "This definitely will help us going into regionals," Edwards continued.  "It's a great format, not necessarily the scoring part of it, but the playing all together factor.  You can really learn a lot about everything, watching all three rounds and over 1,000 shots and strokes.  Plus, the kids like playing together and they really enjoy the camaraderie of it."

 

        Senior Michael Baird led the Buffaloes here, recording his team-best eighth top 20 finish in carding a 4-over par 74 Sunday for a 214 total.  That was also 4-over for 54 holes on the 6,453-yard, par-70 Dornick Hills Country Club course, which tied him for 13th overall in the standings.

 

        Junior Derek Tolan shot his career collegiate best round of 66, which matched his previous best in relation to par (4-under), closing with a 218 total to tie for 27th.  The 66 was the best individual score posted Sunday, was one of just five under par for the final round, and was second only to a first round 65 by Oklahoma City's Anthony Michael.

       

        Freshman Michael Imperato tied for 32nd, closing with a 1-over 71 for a 219 total (plus-9).  Sunday's round was his 37th of the season, tying Matt Zions ('98-99) for the second most by a freshman in school history; Terry Kahl set the record of 41 in 1976-77.  His 75.46 stroke average for the year currently is the eighth best by a freshman in school history, and the sixth top mark by a true frosh.

 

        Sophomores Luke Symons and Justin Bardgett both wrapped play here with final rounds 76s, which gave both 223 totals (12-over) for the tournament as the duo tied with two others for 41st.  Bardgett was playing as an individual and his scores did not count toward CU's team total.  Barring injury, it was Bardgett's last competition of the semester as he is the first alternate for CU's NCAA postseason roster.

 

        Senior Jim Grady tied for 45th, finishing up here with a 4-over 74 for a 224 total. 

 

        Michigan's Bill Rankin overcame a rough start (4-over after four) but eventually regained his second round lead and won by four shots in recording a 1-under par 69 in the final round for an 8-under 202 total.  That bested Oklahoma State freshman Kevin Tway, who shot a 70 Sunday for a 206 total; OCU's Michael, the first round leader, finished third, five shots back.

 

        The Buffaloes will depart midday Tuesday for the 20th annual NCAA Central Regional, which this year will be in Columbus, on Ohio State University's Scarlet Course.  It is the same site of CU's victory in OSU's Kepler Intercollegiate on April 13.

 

        Edwards is pleased with where his team is at, both physically and mentally.  "I feel good about everything.  We had a little bit of a hiccup the first day of the Big 12's and yesterday, but the rest of the spring has been really good.  We just have to tweak a few things and we'll be ready to go.  We know we need to minimize big errors, keep making good decisions, and believe in ourselves a little bit more.  We've played well when we've stayed in the moment, and we have to take it upon ourselves to do just that."

 

 BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T13.  Michael Baird.............................. 72-68-74--214

T27.  Derek Tolan................................. 73-79-66--218

T32.  Michael Imperato........................ 76-72-71--219 

T41.  Luke Symons............................... 71-76-76--223

T41.  *Justin Bardgett........................... 74-73-76--223

T45.  Jim Grady.................................... 78-72-74--224

*--played as an individual; scores not counted toward CU team total.  

 

 

 TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.  Bill Rankin, Michigan.................... 67-66-69--202

2.  Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State........ 67-69-70--206

3.  Anthony Michael, OCU.................. 65-72-70--207

4.  Tim Schaetzel, Michigan............... 66-72-71--209

4.  Chris Narramore, MTSU................ 69-72-68--209

 

 

 TEAM SCORES

  1.  Oklahoma State....................... 266-274-269--809

  2.  Michigan.................................. 270-267-275--812

  3.  Wichita State........................... 273-273-275--819

  4.  Oklahoma City......................... 270-273-278--821

  5.  Middle Tennessee State.......... 271-276-276--823

  6.  SMU......................................... 273-279-277--829

  7.  Tulsa........................................ 274-276-282--832

 8.  COLORADO.................... 282-278-274--834

  9.  Oklahoma................................ 282-278-289--849

10.  Missouri................................... 280-287-288--855