Golfers Tie For Ninth In Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
PALM DESERT, Calif. — The University of Colorado men's golf team couldn't make up any ground here in Friday's final round and remained in a tie for ninth place as the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate came to a close.
No. 55 Charlotte, trailing by two shots entering the day, used a blistering 18-under 270 score to finish at 25-under par with an 839 total. The 49ers saw all five of their designated scorers turn in rounds in the 60s in posting the best single round score of the event by some 10 strokes (the 49ers had 29 birdies Friday; no other team had more than 19 in any round). No. 42 Nevada, the second round leader, finished second, some 18 strokes back at 857. Host Wyoming and New Mexico State tied for third (865) with Long Beach State rounding out the top five (866).
Colorado and Texas-Arlington tied for ninth with 10-over par 874 scores; CU had opened with a 288 and was tied for sixth, and had dropped to ninth after a 294 Thursday before closing with a 292 in the final round.
Freshman Justin Biwer led the Buffaloes for the third time in six events, closing with a 1-under 71 on the 7,305-yard, par-72 The Classic Club course layout. He finished 2-under overall with a 214 total, tying him for 11th; it was his fifth subpar event out of six to date in his young collegiate career. His fifth top 20 effort (fourth in the top 15), Friday marked his 13th subpar round out of 18, which he utilized three birdies and 13 pars with just two bogeys for his 71. He tied for third in the field on par-5 holes, playing them 7-under for the week.
Junior Kristoffer Max wrapped things with a 2-over 74, as he was 3-over (219) for the event that tied him for 35th. He had a team-high five birdies Friday, with six pars and seven bogeys; he played the par-3s here at 1-under, tied for the eighth best in the 113-man field.
Frosh Jack Holland tied for 61st, as he struggled Friday in carding a 6-over 78, which gave him a 7-over 223 total. He had two birdies with nine pars, but was undone with six bogeys and a double.
Freshman Dylan McDermott rebounded from a second round 79 to fashion a 1-ver 73, his 7-over 223 also tied him for 61st. He finished up with four birdies, 11 pars, a bogey and two doubles; both of the latter each time pushed him from 1-under to 1-over, the second with six holes remaining on his round.
Freshman Frederik Eisenbeis shot a 2-over 74, his best single round here, to close with a 13-over 229 that tied him for 89th. He had two birdies and 13 pars with two bogeys and a double. That lone double bogey came on his final hole (No. 8), which kept him from a par round to close things out.
Three Buffaloes participated as individuals here this week (their scores did not count toward CU's team total). Junior John Paterson tied for 41st with a 4-over 220 after he closed with an even-par 72, the second-best score by a Buff Friday; he had two birdies, 14 pars and two bogeys on his round. Redshirt frosh Jack Hughes tied for 68th after a 1-over 73 placed him at 9-over 225; he had a birdie and 15 pars opposite two bogeys. Sophomore Adam Matteson finished tied for 82nd after recording a 2-over 74, and he finished up with a 12-over 228 total; he had three birdies and 10 pars against five bogeys.
"It was a good event for Justin. He did a really nice job of managing his game," head coach Roy Edwards said. "Overall, it was a disappointing team finish. Our 'good' was really good, but we had way too many unforced errors and penalty shots. We have to be better when we aren't at our best."
Charlotte's late round charge was led by two of its players who shot the low rounds of the day. Ben Woodruff claimed medalist honors with a 5-under 67 that led to a 10-under 206 total; he bested teammate Matt Sherpstene, who carded a 6-under 66 and finished at 8-under 208. The pair accounted for 11 of the 18 strokes the 49ers were under par Friday.
The Buffaloes will remain on the west coast and travel south Interstate 5 to San Diego take part in San Diego's Lamkin Invitation on Monday and Tuesday. Biwer, Holland, Max, McDermott and Paterson will represent Colorado.
NOTES: The average score Friday was the lowest of the three rounds – 73.79 – which lowered the figure for the entire event to 74.29 figure for 239 rounds … Colorado played the par-3s the fourth-best in the field (1-over), the par-4s 13th-best at 35-over and the par-5s at 8-under, 12th-best (scorers only) … Colorado made the seventh-most birdies (47) and tied for 13th in pars (163); Biwer had 12 birdies to lead the team, McDermott 11, while Paterson led in pars with 42 … Biwer's team-leading stroke average rose just a bit, from 70.07 to 70.28 … The Buffaloes now own a 64-34-2 record against other Division I teams this season … CU entered the meet ranked 82nd by GolfStat and 83rd by Golfweek.
|BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS (*—competed individually)|
|1.||Ben Woodruff, Charlotte||69-70-67—206|
|2.||Matt Sharpstene, Charlotte||71-71-66—208|
|T3.||Bryce Waters, Wyoming||68-74-68—210|
|T3.||Tyler Schafer, Long Beach State||69-71-70—210|
|T5.||Aidan Thomas, New Mexico State||70-69-72—211|
|T5.||Quim Vidal Mora, Nevada||70-68-73—211|
|T5.||A.J. Lintunen, Nevada||72-67-72—211|
|3.||New Mexico State||293-284-288—865|
|5.||Long Beach State||285-291-291—866|
|19.||UC Santa Barbara||299-300-303—902|