Golfers Tie For 11th In Stanford's "The Goodwin"
PALO ALTO, Calif. — The University of Colorado men's golf team essentially held its ground in the final round here Saturday, slipping one spot into a tie for 11th place as Stanford's "The Goodwin" came to a close.
Colorado, ranked No. 74 by Golfweek, cooled off a little from its second round performance in finishing with an 8-over 288 score in the third and final round. That gave the Buffaloes a 22-over 862 overall score for 54 holes, tying for 11th with Denver. The four CU scorers were plus-7 on the front side (the team's second nine of the day), after leading the field on that nine the day before (6-under); the par-3 4th hole caused the most damage, accounting for six of that seven-stroke overage.
No. 8 Arizona State held off host and No. 66 Stanford, as the Sun Devils captured the team crown with a 15-under par 825 team score. The Cardinal finished eight strokes off the pace at 7-under 833, as the Pac-12 rivals were the only two teams under par. No. 12 Pepperdine snared third place (842, 2-over), followed by No. 61 Washington (845) and No. 100 St. Mary's (847 to round out the top five.
"The guys did a nice job today after hitting a rough patch in the middle of the round," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "As has been the norm, the team competed well. We are starting to see more consistency which will be very important for us in our last few events as we are right in the mix for an NCAA berth. All in all, it was good week as a team, we earned several key wins and got better as a group."
Colorado defeated seven teams ahead of it in the most recent rankings, and went 4-4 against its Pac-12 counterparts after coming in with a 2-13-1 record.
Senior Daniel O'Loughlin posted a final round effort of 2-over 72, which had him finish tied for 39th with a 4-over 214 on the 6,742-yard, par-70 Stanford Golf Course layout. He had four birdies and eight pars opposite six bogeys for his day, though two of the birdies came on his final two holes that in the end helped the Buffs defeat three teams as well as tying DU. It was the 19th time in his career that he has either posted CU's top effort or shared the distinction, including all five times this spring.
Senior Victor Bjorlow fashioned a 1-over 71 to wrap things here in a tie for 46th with a 6-over 216 total. He had a team-high five birdies and would have recorded a round in the 60s for the second straight round had it not been for a triple bogey on the par-3 4th hole. Otherwise, he had nine pars and three bogeys. His 11 birdies over the three rounds were a team-high for the tournament and also tied for 20th-most in the 146-player field.
Junior John Paterson closed with a 2-over 72, his 7-over 217 for the event tying him for 53rd. He had a fairly steady final round, with one birdie and 14 pars; he was 1-under at the turn and endured all three bogeys over the final seven holes. His 34 pars were a team-best.
All three of the aforementioned Buffaloes had 41 of 54 holes of par or better for the tournament.
Sophomore Adam Matteson closed with a 4-over 74 that gave him an overall score of 10-over 220, tying him for 68th. He started double bogey-par-bogey that put him behind the 8-ball early, but would go on to score three birdies and eight more pars with four bogeys to finish his round. He played the par-5's (six in all) at 7-under, which tied for the fourth-best in the field.
Senior Cole Krantz finished with a 3-over 73, paring a stroke off his score each round for a 12-over 222 that tied him for 82nd. He had three birdies and nine pars against six bogeys, and was even after seven holes before playing the next nine at 4-over before recording his final bird on No. 8.
St. Mary's Blake Hathcoat and Nevada's Sam Harned were co-medalists for the event, both recording 10-under par 200 performances. That edged out Oregon's Tom Guent by one stroke; the Duck sophomore from France shot a tournament-best 8-under 62 in the final round, which tied the school record held by three others.
The Buffaloes will return to action April 5-6 in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Chandler, Ariz. It is the final team event ahead of the Pac-12 Championships (April 26-28 in Santa Rosa, Calif.).
NOTES: Bjorlow became the 35th player in Colorado history to play 100 career rounds, as he had his 100th here Saturday … Colorado posted a 16-10-1 record here, improving its record to 47-57-2 (though due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of a fall season, the NCAA isn't requiring a .500 record for postseason in 2021) … The Buffaloes finished tied for 21st in par-3 scoring (24-over), tied for eighth in par-4 scoring (32-over, only 11-over the last two rounds) and ninth in par-5 scoring (minus-17) … CU was 23rd in pars (147) and is tied for sixth in birdies (45) … The average score for the tournament (436 total rounds) was 73.16; on Saturday, it was the lowest of the three rounds at 72.54 … O'Loughlin improved his team leading stroke average to 71.80, and his career mark (110 round) to 71.73; he's chasing Jeremy Paul's school career mark of 71.72 that he set from 2013-17 (138 rounds).
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS
|T1.||Sam Harned, Nevada||63-70-67—200|
|T1.||Blake Hathcoat, St. Mary's||63-69-68—200|
|3.||Tom Gueant, Oregon||69-70-62—201|
|T4.||Noah Goodwin, SMU||67-66-70—203|
|T4.||Kaito Onishi, USC||68-69-66—203|
|22.||San Jose State||290-298-295—883|
|23.||Long Beach State||299-298-287—884|