Golfers Struggle In First Day Of Pac-12 Championships
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The University of Colorado men's golf team had an occasional decent moment here Monday in the first two rounds of the 61st Annual Pac-12 Championships, but at the days' end, the Buffaloes found themselves in last place at the midway point of the tournament.
The Buffs own a 17-over par team score of 737, but trail three schools by a single stroke for ninth place. CU spent most of the day hovering between eight and 11th place, only dropping into last in the final moments of the second round.
No. 8 Arizona State is in the lead at the midway point, as the Sun Devils are in with a 25-under par 695 team total. That's good for a one shot edge over No. 17 Arizona, as the two in-state rivals pulled ahead of the rest of the field. No. 62 Oregon is in third (15-under 705), followed by No. 32 Stanford (5-under 715), the only other teams under par. No. 45 Oregon State rounds out the top five with an even-par score of 720.
Colorado was in 10th place after the first round with a 7-over par 367 score; 10 birdies over the last six holes, including three on the par-5 18th hole brought the Buff back down into single digits over par. Arizona owned the first round lead, turning in the best round of the day with a 16-under 344, good for a two-shot lead over ASU. The Wildcats took the lead over the last four holes, playing Nos. 15 through 18 at 9-under.
Senior Daniel O'Loughlin fashioned a 71-70—141 score to end the day in a tie for 10th. He had a team-high eight birdies – four in each round – on the 6,785-yard, par-72 Mayacama Golf Club course layout. He also had an eagle and 20 pars on his day, when he played the par-3's fourth-best in the 72-man field at 1-under, recording wo birdies, seven pars and one bogey combined on Monday's 10 shortest holes.
Sophomore Adam Matteson recorded a 76-71—147 effort, with the 3-over par showing has him tied for 41st. He had a fairly consistent day, with four birdies and 25 pars countered by seven bogeys, the latter including just two the second time around Mayacama, the team low in the afternoon.
Junior John Paterson is tied for 56th after posting a 7-over par 74-77—151 score. He had six birdies and 19 pars, but was undone a bit by nine bogeys and two doubles. He opened the strongest of CU's sextet, as he was 2-under par through seven holes, but a double bogey on the back nine in each round set him off course from recording even rounds.
Three Buffaloes are tied for 60th with 8-over par 152 totals:
Senior Victor Bjorlow opened with a 6-over 78 and wrapped Monday with a 2-over 74; he was all set to shoot even or 1-under, but scored a double bogey on his final hole of the day, the par-5 18th. He had five birdies and 21 pars, but three doubles helped to keep him on the unhappy side of par. He did match O'Loughlin on the par-3s, playing the 10 of them at 1-under to tie for fourth-best in the field (and the same way with two birdies, seven pars, one bogey).
Sophomore Kristoffer Max turned in scores of 74 and 78; he had an eagle and two birdies with 25 pars Monday, with most of his overage traced to three holes (two doubles and a triple). He was 1-under through 11, but could not best par the remainder of the day in playing his last 25 at 9-over. He is also tied for fifth in the field in pars, but is last in birdies.
Junior Cole Krantz recorded efforts of 72 and 80. He had a nice comeback in the morning: after bogeying five of the first eight holes, he bounced back with five birdies over his last 10 to pull back to even par. He wasn't as fortunate in the afternoon; 4-over at the turn, he recorded five more bogeys until his last hole of the day (No. 18), where he matched his morning effort, closing with a birdie.
"Simply put, we had a rough day today," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "After a poor start, Daniel played well. Other than that, it wasn't overly positive. Cole had a nice finish to his first round after a really bad start. We obviously have shown the capability to play well, and this is just the halfway point, so we have an opportunity to come out tomorrow and show that today was a fluke, which I believe it was."
Arizona State sophomore Rhyggs Johnston owns the individual lead through 36 holes, putting a 67-66-133 into the books, an 11-under par effort. He leads Oregon's Yuki Moriyama by stroke; the Duck freshman tied the course record with a 65 in the morning, despite opening with a bogey, and then shot a 69 for a 10-under 134 score.
The third round is set for Tuesday, as Colorado will be paired with Utah and Washington State and start at 12:06 p.m. MDT off the No. 10 tee. The fourth and final round is slated for Wednesday morning.
NOTES: The Buffaloes have not finished last in a conference meet since a seventh-place in the 1949 Big Seven Championships … O'Loughlin continues to be a model of efficiency, as now through 20 rounds (360 holes), he only has five worse than bogey (all doubles), none once again on Monday … The Buffaloes are tied for fourth in par-3 scoring (12-over), are ninth in par-4 scoring (25-over) and 11th in par-5 scoring (minus-6); the latter is usually a CU strong suit … There are five par-3s and five par-5s on Mayacama's 18-hole layout, with just eight par-4s … CU is tied for fourth in pars (126) but is last in birdies (31) … The average score for the tournament (144 total round s) is 73.01; the second round (73.31) played tougher than the first (72.72) on Monday.
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS
|1.||Rhyggs Johnston, Arizona State||67-66—133|
|2.||Yuki Moriyama, Oregon||65-69—134|
|T3.||David Puig, Arizona State||68-69—137|
|T3.||Brad Reeves, Arizona||66-71—137|
|T5.||Trevor Werbylo, Arizona||69-69—138|
|T5.||Chun An Yu, Arizona State||69-69—138|