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Buff Golfers Zoom Into Tie For Fifth In Illinois

Sep 13, 2014

               OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — The University of Colorado men’s golf team recorded the third best team score in the second round here Saturday, and in the process zoomed from 11th place into a tie for fifth  with one day of competition remaining in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

               Unranked Baylor used a practically unconscious second round to leap from sixth into first place through 36 holes, as the Bears have a 576 team score (16-over par), which leads host and No. 6 Illinois by eight shots (584).  No. 17 Florida State slipped from second into third (589), with No. 2 Oklahoma State in fourth (591).  Tied for fifth are Colorado, which received votes in the preseason poll, No. 7 Stanford and first round leader, No. 23 Virginia Tech, all in at 593 (or 33-over par).

               Colorado passed three ranked teams, Alabama, Oklahoma and Arkansas, and caught two others, Pac-12 rival Stanford and Virginia Tech in posting a 9-over par 289 score Saturday. Only Baylor, which turned in the tournaments lone under par round (1-under 279) and top-ranked Texas (288) bested CU’s team effort in the second round.

               The Buffs made the turn at 1-over par, although they again played the back nine first, deemed the easier of two nines; but the Buffs used it to move into sixth place halfway through the second round.  In the first round, the four CU scorers played turned at 8-over and played the front at 16-over, the latter of which it reduced to plus-8 Saturday.

               Sophomore Jeremy Paul is in contention for medalist honors, as he is a three-way tie for fourth place, one shot out of the lead.  Paul, who tied for top honors at last year’s Oregon Duck Invitational, carded a 1-over 71 Saturday on the 7,260-yard, par-70 Olympia Fields Country Club layout, giving him a 3-over 143 total.  He had one more birdie (three) and one less par (12) in the second round as compared to his first, and he’s played both the par-3s and par-5s at 1-under, seventh and eighth best, respectively, in the field.

               Sophomore Ethan Freeman joined Paul with a 1-over 71, as he had two birdies, 13 pars and three bogeys on his day; he tied for 34th individually with a 10-over 150 score.  And yet another soph, Jeremy’s younger twin Yannik, helped immensely with a 2-over 72 (on the strength of three birdies and 11 pars); he is tied for 49th overall with a 13-over 153 through 36 holes, rebounding from an opening round 81.

               Senior David Oraee overcame illness and a rough night of constantly interrupted sleep to shoot a 5-over-75 (two birds, 12 pars), as he joined Yannik Paul in 49th place.  Junior Philip Juel-Berg fired a 6-over 76 (one birdie, 11 pars) and stands tied for 40th overall (151, +11).

               “It was a much better day today, a much easier day to play with a little better weather conditions,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “Jeremy and Ethan were really good and Yannik came back strong.  David hung in there despite being sick throughout the night, but he didn’t even tell me until he was finished.”

               On the Buffs shaving 15 strokes off Friday’s team score, Edwards said, “It really was just more how we normally play.  We had a bad nine holes yesterday which contributed to our higher score, so it was just a better all-around day.  Everybody was into their round, no one was out of it early as they all knew they could count (toward the team score).  We don’t really think or set goals about how far we can move up; we’ve always worried about what we can control and when we do that to the best of our abilities, good things always seem to happen.”

               Stanford’s Maverick McNealy, Baylor’s Kyle Jones and Illinois Dylan Meyer are all tied for the individual lead with 2-over 142 scores; eight followers are within two strokes of the trio.

               The third and final round is set for Sunday morning, as the Buffs will begin play at 6:30 a.m. MDT; Colorado will be paired with Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech. 

NOTES:  Olympia Fields, located about 25 miles south of Chicago, was the site of the 2003 United States Open ... The average score in the 75-man field dropped from 76.19 for the first round to 74.57 for the second ... The 18th hole has played the toughest here over the two rounds (+0.76 to par; just three birdies).  CU has five pars, four birdies and a double on the hole.

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T  4.

Jeremy Paul

 72-71—143

T34.

Ethan Freeman

 79-71—150

T40.

Philip Juel-Berg

 75-76—151

T49.

David Oraee

 78-75—153

T49.

Yannik Paul

 81-72—153

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

T1.

Maverick McNealy, Stanford

 71-71—142

T1.

Kyle Jones, Baylor

 72-70—142

T1.

Dylan Meyer, Illinois

 72-70—142

T4.

Jeremy Paul, Colorado

 72-71—143

T4.

Trevor Cone, Virginia Tech

 68-75—143

T4.

Michael Andresen, Baylor

 73-70—143

TEAM STANDINGS

  1.

Baylor

 297-279—576

  2.

Illinois

 294-290—584

  3.

Florida State

 293-296—589

  4.

Oklahoma State

 295-296—591

  5.

COLORADO

 304-289—593

  5.

Stanford

 294-299—593

  5.

Virginia Tech

 291-302—593

  8.

Texas A&M

 304-290—594

  9.

Oklahoma

 299-296—595

10.

Texas

 308-288—596

10.

Alabama

 300-296—596

12.

Michigan

 304-294—598

13.

Arkansas

 301-303—604

14.

Connecticut

 309-297—606

15.

Indiana

 303-312—615