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Golfers Open Fall Season In 10th After One Round At Air Force

Sep 10, 2021
Adam Matteson was one of four Buffaloes to shoot a 2-over 74 Friday.

USAFA, Colo. — The University of Colorado men's golf team opened the fall portion of its 2021-22 season here Friday, and after one round of the 52nd Annual Gene Miranda Air Force Falcon Invitational, the Buffaloes stand in 10th place.
Colorado's youngest team to ever play in a major tournament carded a 9-over 297 score, as the Buffaloes have four true freshmen and a junior veteran competing here. 
UC Davis owns the first day lead after turning in a 9-under 279 team score, doing so on the strength of three players shooting under par and a fourth at par.  San Jose State is second at 283, with Denver third (286), the only three teams under par.  Wyoming (1-over 289) and Nevada (290) round out the top five. 
Freshman Justin Biwer and junior John Paterson led the charge for the Buffaloes, as the due recorded 1-over par 73 scores, tying them for 25th overall.  Biwer tallied four birdies out of the gate in his first collegiate round, with 10 pars against three bogeys and a double.  Paterson made two birdies and 13 pars, countered by three bogeys.
The other three frosh newbies followed, with Frederik Eisenbeis carding a 2-over 74, Dylan McDermott a 5-voer 77 and Jack Holland a 6-over 78.  Eisenbeis had a birdie and 14 pars (three bogeys), McDermott 14 pars (three bogeys and a double), and Holland two birdies and eight pars (eight bogeys).  Holland, who is playing in the No. 1 position after topping the team qualifying earlier in the week, had a rough start with seven bogeys in his first 11 holes, but composed himself down the stretch to play the last seven holes at 1-under.
"The wind really kicked up early in the round, so the course played as hard as I've ever seen it," CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  "Nobody played really well, but I saw a lot of good things.  We hit a lot of really good shots but we had a tough time on the greens.  But for the four freshman getting their first taste of college golf on this course was a tough deal, but in the long run it will be good for them.  This will be a good learning experience for them."
Denver's Jackson Solem holds the lead after 18 holes, as he shot a 6-under 66, scoring six birdies and 12 pars en route to owning a one stroke lead over UTEP's Greg Yellin and Northern Colorado's T.J. Shehee.
The second round is set for Saturday, with the Buffaloes set to begin teeing off at 8:30 a.m. and paired with Wyoming, UC Davis and New Mexico State.  The third and final round on Sunday will feature a 7:15 a.m. start.  
INDIVIDUAL EVENT: In conjunction with the main event, Air Force is running a companion individual tournament with 45 additional players from the competing schools.  All three CU individuals carded 2-over par 74's on the 6,510-yard, par-72 Eisenhower Silver Course.  Junior Kristoffer Max had four birdies and eight pars (six bogeys); sophomore Adam Matteson and freshman Jack Hughes both had two birdies and 12 pars (with four bogeys).  San Jose State's Vijay Srinivasan shot a 4-under 68 and holds a one-shot lead over teammate Matthew Heitel head into Saturday's second round, which has a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.

T25. John Paterson  35-38—73
T25. Justin Biwer  35-38—73
T33. Frederik Eisenbeis  37-37—74
T63. Dylan McDermott  37-40—77
T76. Jack Holland  41-37—78


T15. Jack Hughes  37-37—74
T15. Adam Matteson  36-38—74
T15. Kristoffer Max  38-36—74


1. Jackson Solem, Denver  31-35—66
T2. Greg Yellin, UTEP  33-34—67
T2. T.J. Shehee, Northern Colorado  30-37—67
4. Thomas Hutchinson, UC Davis  34-34—68
5. Jacob Westberg, UC Davis  34-35—69


1. UC Davis  279
2. San Jose State  283
3. Denver  286
4. Wyoming  289
5. Nevada  290
6. Northern Colorado  291
6. Texas-El Paso  291
8. Utah Valley  294
8. UNLV  294
10. COLORADO  297
11. CSU-Northridge  298
12. Weber State  299
13. New Mexico State  300
14. George Washington  303
14. Northern Iowa  303
16. SIU-Edwardsville  304
17. Southern Illinois  306
18. Utah State  307
19. Army  309
20. Air Force  312
21. Southern Utah  318