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Buff Golfers Win Consolation Bracket At Wyoming Match Play

Feb 12, 2022
Adam Matteson's win on No. 18 was a key to CU's victory over Denver.

        PALM DESERT, Calif.  — The University of Colorado men's golf finished in fifth place here Saturday, winning the consolation bracket in the process, in the inaugural Wyoming Desert Match Play, the spring season opener for the Buffaloes.
        The Buffaloes defeated the University of Denver in the fifth place match, 3-1-2, using a strong finish to outdistance the Pioneers.  CU won two of three matches here, but a quarterfinal loss to UTEP relegated the Buffaloes to consolation rounds.  The first-time event took place at the Classic Club, which featured a 7,322-yard, par-72 layout.  Host and No. 5 seed Wyoming won the title, defeating No. 2 seed Boise State. 
        As expected, it was a close match as CU was seeded No. 3 and Denver No. 4, with the Buffs ranked 81st in the final fall Golf Stat rankings and the Pioneers 83rd.  Four of the six matches weren't settled until the 18th and final hole. 
        Through six holes, CU was ahead 3-1-2 (but by only two aggregate holes), and at the turn, it stood 4-2, also with an overall difference of plus-two holes for the Buffs.  After 12 holes, DU flipped things and jumped ahead, 3-2-1 (one hole overall separation); and after 15 holes, things were all knotted up, 3-3, with still just a hole difference.
        Sophomore Adam Matteson won his match, 1 up, on the 18th hole over Carson Griggs.  Matteson parred the No. 2 handicap hole on the course (a par-5, 564 yards), while Griggs bogeyed that helped swing the advantage back over to the Buffs.  Griggs had trailed virtually the entire match and was even down one time by four holes before tying Matteson on the 16th. 
        Freshman Dylan McDermott, down a hole playing No. 18, would birdie while his counterpart, Esteban Missura bogeyed.  And frosh Justin Biwer, playing in the top position for the Buffs and down by one through 15, pulled even on the 16th against Jackson Solem with a par; the two then parred out, finishing all square.   
        Freshman Jack Holland and junior Kristoffer Max recorded CU's other wins; Holland went ahead after three holes and never trailed, while Max took the lead for good through 14 after being tied eight different times, though he never trailed.  Junior John Paterson was the only Buff to suffer a setback, as he was defeated after 16 holes.
        "It was a really nice fight from the team today," head coach Roy Edwards said.  "Denver is a veteran, quality team and this is for sure a good win.  We didn't have our best stuff today but still found a way to get the job done competitively.  We've got a lot of mistakes to clean up, but to have those and still come away with two wins to close out the tournament was definitely good to see."
        The six CU players combined to win seven matches, lose seven and tie four over the three rounds.  Max was 2-0-1, Holland 2-1, McDermott 1-1-1, Matteson 1-2, Paterson 1-2 and Biwer 0-1-2.
        Biwer will now head to Los Angeles to represent CU and play in the 8th Annual Genesis Invitational Collegiate Showcase on Monday at Riviera Country Club. The Buffaloes are one of 23 schools to enter a collegian in the event.  He will be paired with CU alums Steve Shaw and Doug Nock and a yet-to-be determined PGA Tour player to compete against other college-am teams in a best-ball round; the winner will receive a $50,000 donation to the school's golf program.  In addition, the top collegiate finisher will earn an exemption into the Genesis Invitational, set for later in the week, also at Riviera and hosted by Tiger Woods.
Colorado def. Denver, 3-1-2
#1—Justin Biwer (CU) tied Jackson Solem, AS
#2—Dylan McDermott (CU) tied Esteban Missura, AS
#3—Kristoffer Max (CU) def. Jun Ho Won, 1 up
#4—Brady Arnett (DU) def. John Paterson, 3 & 2
#5—Adam Matteson (CU) def. Carson Griggs, 1 up
#6—Jack Holland (CU) def. John Sand, 2 & 1
No. 5 Wyoming def. No. 2 Boise State, 3-2-1
Third Place
No. 1 San Francisco def. No. 6 UTEP, 4-2
Fifth Place
No. 3 Colorado def. No. 4 Denver, 3-1-2
Seventh Place
No. 7 Wichita State def. No. 8 Air Force, 5-0-1