Golfers Open In Third At Ka'anapali Classic
LAHAINA, Maui — The University of Colorado men's golf team took a page from their cross country colleagues here Friday, as all five Buffaloes recorded under par scores that landed the team in third place after the first round of the Ka'anapali Classic Collegiate.
Earlier Friday, Colorado swept the Pac-12 Conference cross country championships, with the men having all seven finishers in the top 17 and women all in the top 18 – including four in the top five. The golfers then turned in the first round in school history with all designated scorers finishing in red numbers. Four had done it several times, most recently in the first and second rounds of the 2018 Pac-12 Championship.
It marked the first time an under par score was thrown out in calculating the team total, even more impressive since the course plays to a par-71 and thus had one less par-5 hole.
No. 14 Kansas and No. 44 Boise State are tied for the lead with 16-under par 268 scores, while the Buffaloes, ranked No. 79 at present, are three back at 13-under par 271. Loyola-Maryland (273) and No. 33 Nevada (276) round out the top five.
The Buffaloes collectively scored 28 birdies – the most in the field – with just 12 bogeys and a double with none of the players over par on either the front or back nine of the 6,700-yard, par-71 Royal Ka'anapali Golf Course, located on Maui's western coast.
Junior Kristoffer Max and redshirt frosh Jack Hughes led the way Friday for the Buffaloes, each recording 4-under 67 scores to finish the day in a sixth-place tie.
Max had a team-high seven birdies with nine pars, a bogey and a double – the latter of which he scored on his 16th hole of the day (No. 10); undaunted, he bounced back and finished up going birdie-birdie. Hughes had six birdies and 10 pars against two bogeys, at one point birdying four in a row on the back nine, in which he tied the school record for the low gross on nine holes with a 30 (the course plays at 37-34, with all par-5s on the front nine).
Freshman Frederik Eisenbeis fashioned his collegiate best round – a 3-under 68 – which has him tied for 13th. He had a steady day with five birdies and 11 pars with two bogeys.
Freshman Dylan McDermott is tied for 22nd after firing a 2-under 69, as he had six birdies and eight pars against four bogeys.
And finishing the CU freshman parade was Justin Biwer, who carded a 1-under 70, as he had four birdies and 11 pars with three bogeys.
"Overall, a really nice day by the team," head coach Roy Edwards said. "We had all five guys in the round and our depth showed through today with everyone under par. We made some history today by throwing out an under par score, which really starting to show the depth of this team. Everyone did some good things and we are in a good spot going into the second round."
Only one Buff player was over par for one hole Friday – Max opened with a bogey but came back with a birdie to get right back to even. Otherwise, after the other 89 holes, every score was even or subpar.
Boise State's Hugo Townsend owns the individual lead after scoring a 7-under 64. That's good for a one-stroke lead over Loyola-Maryland's Brandon Berry.
The second round is set for Saturday with the final 18 on Sunday, both shotgun starts at Noon MDT (8 a.m. local).
NOTES: The average score was 71.38 Friday for 79 overall rounds (29 in the 60s, 25 under par and nine equal to par) … CU was joined by Loyola-Maryland with all five players under par, with both having all in the top 30 heading into the second round … Colorado played the par-3s at 3-under par, the only school to play the short ones in red numbers, the par-4s at 5-under (tied for second) and the par-5s at 6-under (tied for sixth-best) … In addition to leading the field in birdies, just ahead of Boise State (27) and Kansas (26), CU had 49 pars overall, which ranked 11th; CU had 13 holes worse than par, Boise 10 and KU 14.
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS
|1.||Hugo Townsend, Boise State||31-33—64|
|2.||Brandon Berry, Loyola-Md.||32-33—65|
|T3.||Skyler Eubank. Boise State||36-30—66|
|T3.||Callum Bruce. Kansas||36-30—66|
|T3.||Nick Fowlkes, CSU-Northridge||35-31—66|