CU Men's Golf: Monday Buffalo Bits
BOULDER — Though the fall portion of the University of Colorado men's golf team schedule was completed over a week ago, several things of note have occurred in the program over the last few days.
Paul Twins Earn Tour Cards – On Different Sides of the World
University of Colorado golf alumni – Jeremy and Yannik Paul – have earned professional tour cards, but on different sides of the globe.
Jeremy earned his Korn Ferry Tour card by tying for 11th in qualifying Monday in Savannah, Ga. He had a 5-under scorecard of 71-76-69-72—277 over the four days of competition. Zack Fischer was medalist at 14-under out of a field that comprised 149 players attempting to earn their cards, the top 40 of whom did so.
Yannik tied for second in the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final, which substituted for the usual European Tour Qualifying tournament. He put together a 67-70-71-69—277 (7-under) performance at the T-Golf & Country Club in Mallorca, Spain, which also earned him just under the equivalent of $37,000. That was just one out of the lead, as the top 25 earned their full European Tour cards for the 2022 season.
"It was an exciting few days for both of the brothers," said CU head coach Roy Edwards, who recruited both to Boulder in 2013. "They're taking huge steps forward in their careers. Yannik in particular played his way on to the European Challenge Tour earlier this summer and was able to finish ninth in the 'Order of Merit,' which is a great accomplishment (he also won over $116k). Jeremy played really well this summer on the Forme Tour (within the PGA umbrella), and he took advantage of that and played great in the Ferry qualifying. I am excited and proud for both."
Paterson Helps Scotland To Eighth Place Finish
TRINITY, Texas—CU junior John Paterson helped his native Scotland to an eighth-place finish in the here Saturday in the Spirit Golf International Amateur Championship.
Sweden won the 20-team men's event with a 3-under par 429 team score, edging the United States by a stroke in the two-man competition. Scotland was 11-over par with a 443 total on the 7,485-yard, par-72 Whispering Pines Golf Club course. Paterson tied for 17th with a 77-70-76—223 (7-over) scorecard; his second round 70 was the third-best score of the day (out of 40 players), as he recorded two birdies and 16 pars.
His teammate, Eric McIntosh, who is a senior at Northwestern, tied for 12th (220, +4). Team USA won the women's competition by 21 strokes over Canada.
Buff Freshmen Nation's Best In The Fall
Colorado played in five tournaments this fall, with four freshmen as designated scorers in four of those, with three in the other. While most had a few growing pains in their first semester of college competition, in the end three of CU's five frosh posted averages of 71.7 or better (with a fourth at 73.0); true freshman Justin Biwer led the team with a 70.07 mark, the best fall scoring average in school history. Another true frosh, Dylan McDermott, boasted a 71.33 average, the 11th-best mark, with redshirt frosh Jack Hughes posting a 71.67 norm, tying for 15th. All played 15 rounds.
GolfStat rated the performance of CU's "Fab Five" as the best in the nation for the fall season (of which only a handful of tournaments remain, but no one statistically can catch the Buffs). In a nutshell, the rating is created by a formula that involves the total number of freshmen rounds versus all other teams and then their actual scores are factored in versus all classes of players in the divisions.
Colorado had a relative strength freshman score of 572.50, well ahead of the College of Charleston (533.33), Texas A&M (484.076), Michigan (454.251) and Florida State (441.296).
(To fully understand how GolfStat ranks the freshman, visit http://golfstat.com/index.cfm?event=public.coaches).
Letter-of-Intent Signing Wednesday
The November signing period commences this Wednesday (Nov. 10); Edwards is expected to sign two high school seniors to add to CU's current nine-man roster, none of whom are seniors.