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Golfers Move Into Second at Ka'anapali Classic

Oct 31, 2021
Max teeing off on No. 10 Saturday

LAHAINA, Maui — The University of Colorado men's golf team moved up one spot into second place here Saturday, as the second round of the Ka'anapali Classic Collegiate came to a close.

No. 14 Kansas, tied for the lead after one round, zoomed into the lead after recording a 22-under pat team score of 262; that gave the Jayhawks a total score of 38-under 530.  That's 16 up on the Buffaloes, who scored a 9-under 275 in the second round and finished the day at 22-under 546.   CSU-Northridge (548), Connecticut (548) and Loyola-Maryland (553) round out the top five.

Second through seventh are separated by just nine shots.

Junior Kristoffer Max is in fourth place and in contention for medalist honors, as he had bogey-free round of 6-under 65 Saturday on the 6,700-yard, par-71 Ka'anapali Golf Course; that gave him a career-best 10-under 132 for 36 holes and stands just two back of the lead.  His 13 birdies over two days are tied for the second-most in the 80-man field, and he's played the par-4 holes the best at 7-under.

Redshirt frosh Jack Hughes is tied for 16th after fashioning an even-par 71; he's at 4-under 138 after scoring five birdies and eight pars with five bogeys Saturday.

Freshmen Justin Biwer and Dylan McDermott are tied for 20th with 3-under 139 totals; Biwer recorded a 69 and McDermott 70 in the second round.  Both had three birdies and 14 pars, the difference was Biwer had a bogey and McDermott a double.

Freshman Frederik Eisenbeis rounded out the CU contingent, as he had a 3-over 74, but still is sitting even overall (142) for the meet, which has him tied for 36th.  

"It was a really good round from Kris – he was spectacular all day," head coach Roy Edwards said.  "The wind kicked up over our last five or six holes and the guys did a nice job of bat
ling to the end to get us into second.  Other than Kris, we didn't start out our best so to be able to still ground out a decent round was impressive by everyone.  We have a big deficit between us and Kansas but a win for sure isn't out of reach.  We need to go out and play our own games tomorrow."

Denver's Carson Griggs took over the individual lead after shooting the best round of the event, a 9-under 62.  In at 12-under 130 through 36 holes, that's still just good for a one-shot lead over two others with CU's Max just two back.

The final round is set for a Noon MDT (8 a.m. local) shotgun start.  The Buffaloes will tee off on the No. 17 through No. 1 holes and be paired with Kansas, CSU-Northridge and Connecticut.

NOTES: The average score was 71.11 for the second round, lowering the average for the two days to 71.25 … Max has a run of 20 straight holes of par or better, the fourth different Buff to have one of that many holes or more so far this fall  … Colorado continued to play the par-3s the best in the field (1-over collectively); CU is playing the par-4s at 7-under (second) and the par-5s at 14-under (sixth-best) … CU's 48 birdies are third-most after having the most in round one, trailing Kansas (48) and Boise State (48), but moved up from 11th in pars to fifth (108) … Of the 180 holes by the Buffs, just 24 have been over par (20 bogeys, four doubles). 

 
BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

   4. Kristoffer Max  67-65—132
T16. Jack Hughes  67-71—138
T20. Dylan McDermott  69-70—139
T20. Justin Biwer  70-69—139
T36. Frederik Eisenbeis  68-74—142

 
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS

  1. Carson Griggs, Denver  68-62—130
T2. Nick Fowlkes, CSU-Northridge  66-65—131
T2. Brandon Berry, Loyola-Md.  65-66—131
  4. Kristoffer Max, Colorado  67-65—132
T5. Jimmy Dales, Wyoming  70-63—133

 
 TEAM SCORES

  1. Kansas  268-262—530
  2. COLORADO  271-275—546
  3. CSU-Northridge  279-269—548
  4. Connecticut  278-272—549
  5. Loyola-Maryland  273-280—553
  6. Boise State  268-286—554
  7. Nevada  276-279—555
  8. Denver  283-273—563
  9. Sacramento State  282-281—568
10. Wyoming  282-286—574
11. Gonzaga  283-291—578
12. Hawai'i  292-294—586
13. Air Force  303-292—595