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Bardgett Qualifies For NCAA Men's Golf Championships

May 10, 2010

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                BOULDER - University of Colorado senior Justin Bardgett was one of 45 individuals selected Monday to participate in the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, as he will play in the San Diego Regional this coming May 20-22.


Bardgett, a fifth-year senior who graduated last Friday with a B.S. degree in Business (Marketing), led the team in stroke average with a 72.92 figure for 39 rounds.  His average for the fall was the fifth lowest in school history (71.86).  He led the team in most statistical categories, including top 10 (four) and top 20 (five) finishes, rounds in the 60s (9), subpar rounds (16) and rounds counting toward team scoring (92.3 percent, or 36 of 39).


There are six regionals in all, each with either five or 10 individuals and 13 or 14 teams, depending on the site.  For an individual to advance, he must be the top player not affiliated with a team at each site, so Bardgett, the No. 8 seeded individual without a team who will play at San Diego's Carlton Oaks Golf Course, will have his work cut out for him but is relishing the opportunity.


 "Probably the best part of this is that I get a second chance after the way I finished up at the Big 12 (Championships)," Bardgett said.  "I really thought I let my chances slip away, so I am really that much more excited to go to San Diego and get a shot at some redemption.  My goal is to go out there, have as much fun as possible, play my best and try to not worry at all about results.  It'll be interesting because the coaches (Edwards, assistant coach Jim Grady), will be with me the whole time since we don't have a full team there.   It'll be a little weird not having my teammates there, so it'll probably feel like a regular summer amateur tournament."


Bardgett had a disappointing close to the regular season, tying for 43rd in the Big 12 Championships last month in Trinity, Texas.  He was the runner-up most of the first round, but a final round 80 gave him a 303 total (plus 15) for the tournament.


"We're very excited for Justin.  He had a tremendous senior season, and it couldn't happen to a more deserving young man," CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  "We're thrilled that the can keep going on and to see if he can advance to the NCAA national finals.  He's a great role model for young college golfers to follow, because everything he's achieved he worked hard to earn.  If we can find some guys like him in the future, and continue the CU tradition that Justin's a part of himself, we'll be very fortunate."


It's only his second ever trip to San Diego, his first was this past March when the Buffs played in the Barona Collegiate Cup.  It will be his fifth tournament in California this season, where he had some success, including an eighth place finish in the Alister Mackenzie Invitational and a 15th place effort in the UCLA Collegiate at CordeValle, where he was 9-under (68-67) entering the final round and in the hunt for medalist honors.  In the Barona Cup, he tied for 22nd, with a final round 69 including a school record-tying 30 on the front nine.


This is the 12th straight year either CU as a team (nine times) or has had an individual (three occasions) qualify for the NCAA's.  The highest a Buffalo has ever finished without his teammates present?  That would be Hale Irwin's 1967 win at Shawnee-on-the-Delaware, Pa.


Thirteen teams are competing in San Diego, the top five of which along with the top individual will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals June 1-6 in Chattanooga, Tenn.