Golfers Move Into 11th Place at Pac-12 Championships
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The University of Colorado men's golf team had some slight improvement here Tuesday in the third round of the 61st Annual Pac-12 Championships, but were only able to move up one spot in the standings into 11th place.
The Buffs turned in their best 18-hole score of the three rounds so far, a 2-over 362, which has CU entering the final round with an overall team score of 19-over 1,099. That was good enough to escape the cellar as well as to remain within four strokes of ninth place.
No. 17 Arizona recaptured its first round lead and owns a 29-under par 1,051 team score, as No. 8 Arizona State slipped into second, four strokes back at 1,055. No. 62 Oregon held on to third (17-under 1,063) but are holding off hard-charging Oregon State (1,064); the Beavers turned in the best score Tuesday (16-under 344), matching Arizona's first round effort for the best single-round tally of the week. No. 32 Stanford rounds out the top five at 1,069.
Senior Daniel O'Loughlin recorded his third straight subpar round here, a 1-under 71, and is tied for 14th overall with a 4-under 212 total. He had a team-high 14 pars Wednesday on the 6,785-yard, par-72 Mayacama Golf Club course layout. He scored an eagle for the second straight round and had one birdie with two bogeys for his round.
Three Buffaloes are tied for 47th heading into the final round with 7-over par 216 totals:
Senior Victor Bjorlow matched O'Loughlin's 1-under 71 as CU's best third round effort, as he had four birdies and 13 pars with three bogeys. He made the turn a 2-over and rallied to score all four of his birdies on the front nine. He and O'Loughlin are playing the par-3's at 1-under (15 of them at this point), which tie the pair for sixth in the field.
Junior John Paterson fired an even-par 72 Wednesday, scoring three birdies and 12 pars against three bogeys. Two-over through five, he birdied two of the last four on the back nine to return to even, and then had seven of his pars on the front nine.
Sophomore Adam Matteson posted a 4-over 76, with a birdie and 13 pars that were opposite three bogeys and a double. He parred his first five and last three holes, and with 38 pars overall through three rounds, he leads the 72-man field.
Sophomore Kristoffer Max carded an even-par 72 and is 8-over overall with a 224 count, tying him for 53rd. After opening with a birdie, he went double bogey-par-triple bogey to jump to 4-over through four. But from that point on, he scored four birdies and 10 pars to get back to even on the day, with his five birdies for the round a team-best for the day and tied the most by a Buff here. He remained tied for fifth in the field in pars with 36.
Junior Cole Krantz shot a 7-over 79, which pushed him to 15-over 231 overall, which has him in 68th place. He had two double bogeys on his first six holes before settling down a bit, playing the next eight even, but a triple bogey on his next to last hole (the par-4 8th) hurt him late. To his credit, he bounced back and scored his second birdie of the day to wrap things up.
"We got off to a really poor start, but the team showed a lot of mental toughness to dig ourselves out of it and play well the last 10 or 11 holes," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "A lot of credit goes to the guys for that. I believe we can carry that finish over and that tomorrow (Wednesday) will be a good day for the Buffaloes."
The five players that would contribute to the team score Wednesday were 9-over par after eight holes, but finished the last 10 at 7-under.
Three players are tied for the lead through 54 holes with 12-under 204 scores: Brad Reeves (Arizona), Rhyggs Johnston (Arizona State) and Yuki Moriyama (Oregon). In all, 27 players are under par and another four sit at even through three rounds.
The fourth and final round will commence Wednesday morning, as Colorado will be paired with Washington State and UCLA in starting at 9:36 a.m. MDT off the No. 10 tee.
NOTES: The 2-over 362 score is the sixth-best in school history in the Pac-12's 6-score-5 scoring format … O'Loughlin upped his career total to 64 rounds of par or better, tying Philip Juel-Berg ('16) for the third-most in CU history; he continues to be a model of efficiency, as now through 21 rounds (378 holes), he only has five worse than bogey (all doubles), none this week … The Buffaloes are ninth in both par-3 (21-over) and par-4 (36-over) scoring while 10th in par-5 scoring (minus-15); 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 leads the field in pars (198), is tied for eighth in eagles (3) but remained last in birdies (47) … The average score for the tournament (215 total rounds) is 72.91; the third round on Wednesday played to an average of 72.69, shy of the first (72.72) and second (73.31) … The Buffaloes have not finished last in a conference meet since a seventh-place in the 1949 Big Seven Championships, and with UCLA plummeting Tuesday, that streak looks to continue.
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS
|T1.||Brad Reeves, Arizona||66-71-67—204|
|T1.||Yuki Moriyama, Oregon||65-69-70—204|
|T1.||Rhyggs Johnston, Arizona State||67-66-71—204|
|4.||Chun An Yu, Arizona State||69-69-69—207|
|T5.||Aaron Du, California||69-73-66—208|
|T5.||Henry Shimp, Stanford||71-69-68—208|
|T5.||Jan Schneider, Washington||70-70-68—208|