Golfers Jump Into Ninth At Stanford's "The Goodwin:
PALO ALTO, Calif. — The University of Colorado men's golf team used the fourth best score of the day overall and the best in the afternoon session Friday as the Buffaloes are in ninth place after two rounds of Stanford's "The Goodwin."
Host and No. 14 Stanford extended its first-day lead from two to seven strokes, as the Cardinal had an 8-under 272 team second round score for an overall 20-under 540 total. No. 51 SMU remained in second but was joined by No. 47 Nevada with 13-under 547 totals, while No. 9 Washington and No. 11 Georgia Tech shot identical scores for the second straight day and slipped into a tie for fourth at 12-under 548.
Colorado jumped from 14th place into ninth after the second round, as the Buffaloes tied for the fourth-lowest score of the day with a 5-under 275, which has CU at 5-under 555 overall. While Stanford is comfortably ahead on its home course, there are 13 teams within 11 strokes of second place which should make for an entertaining final round.
"We had some really nice play overall," head coach Roy Edwards said. "We got off to a good start and then hit a slow patch in the middle of the round, but then did a nice job playing some tough holes well which enabled us to have a good finish.
Fourteen teams played in the morning and the other 14 in the afternoon. CU was fourth of the 14 in Thursday's morning wave, and then finished first out of those same 14 in the afternoon on Friday. Washington State, one of CU's playing partners, had the next best score two strokes back of the Buffaloes.
"Any time there are two waves, a big goal is to be the low team in your wave, and we were able to do that in besting the other 13 teams in the afternoon wave. We're in good position tomorrow to come out and keep executing to have a great finish."
Freshman Justin Biwer used two eagles on the front nine en route to a 4-under 66 on the 6,742-yard, par-70 Stanford Golf Course blueprint, as he is in at 5-under 135 that has him tied for 14th. Starting on No. 10, he birdied two of his first five holes and was 1-under at the turn; he then eagled the two par-5's on the front side – Nos. 1 and 7, and closed with a birdie on No. 9. He had three birdies and 10 pars with three bogeys in addition to his eagles, as he is one of just three players to have two in the tournament.
Freshman Jack Holland followed his opening round of 3-under 67 with a 1-under 69, the first back-to-back rounds in the 60s in his young collegiate career. He's in at 4-under 136, tied for 18th, heading into Saturday's final round. He was as steady as could be Friday, with two birdies and 15 pars with just a single bogey.
Junior Kristoffer Max, who entered this round with the team's best second round scoring average, lived up to that billing with a 2-under 68. That has him at even (140) and tied for 50th after a round that featured four birdies, three coming on his first three holes of the afternoon (10 through 12) and 12 pars and only two bogeys. He is now averaging 70.86 strokes per the middle rounds on the season, .02 ahead of Biwer's norm.
Freshman Dylan McDermott fashioned a second-straight 2-over 72, thus is in at 4-over 144 which has him tied for 88th. He matched Holland's team-high 15 pars with one birdie, one bogey and one double on Friday.
Freshman Frederik Eisenbeis is tied for 122nd after turning in a 6-over 76 for a 10-over 150 total. He was 1-over through seven but then had a rough stretch, playing the next five holes at 4-over; he had two birdies and nine pars on the plus side with six bogeys and a double.
UC Davis' Lucas Carper and Stanford's Karl Vilips are tied for the individual lead with 9-under 131 totals; Carper shot 65 Friday, the low round of the day matched by one other player, and Vilips a 66.
The third and final round is scheduled for Saturday; Colorado will be paired with Oregon, Northwestern and Little Rock and will tee off on No. 10 beginning at 2:20 p.m. MDT.
NOTES: This was the third time CU had at least three players shoot in the 60s in the same round this season, and the eighth time three or more recorded subpar scores … The average score Friday was 71.88, slightly higher than Thursday's 71.18; overall for 294 rounds it stands at 71.53. CU's 70.2 for its five was the afternoon's best on Friday … The Buffs have continued to play the par-3s well, tied for first in the field for the second straight day at 3-under par overall; CU is still down the line on the par-4s (21st-best, +22, but just +6 Friday) and the par-5's tied for the eighth-best (14-under) … CU is tied for third in pars with 116, is 19th in birdies (30) and tied for fourth in eagles (2) … Biwer tied Jeremy Paul for the frosh mark for most subpar rounds in a season with 17 (Paul did it in 2013-14) … Biwer joined Jack Hughes with two eagles in the same round this season, and many others prior; no Buff has ever had three in the same round (Hughes did it in Air Force Miranda Individual to open the season) … All seven teams ranked in the nation's top 50 played in the morning Friday after all did in the afternoon Thursday … McDermott hails from nearby Granite Bay, approximately 120 miles northwest of the Bay Area … The Buffaloes entered this week ranked 93rd by GolfStat and 95th by Golfweek … Seven Pac-12 Conference teams are competing here; CU entered with a 1-6 record to date against league foes, and are competing against Oregon, Stanford and UCLA for the first time in 2021-22.
|T1.||Karl Vilips, Stanford||65-66—131|
|T1.||Lucas Carper, UC Davis||66-65—131|
|T3.||Peyton Callens, Nevada||65-67—132|
|T3.||Carson Lundell, BYU||66-66—132|
|T3.||Sampson Zheng, California||66-66—132|
|19.||Long Beach State||286-281—567|
|20.||St. Mary's (Calif.)||283-285—568|
|20.||San Jose State||279-289—568|