Golfers Finish 14th In Stanford's "The Goodwin"
PALO ALTO, Calif. — The University of Colorado men's golf team never caught fire as a group here Saturday and slipped five spots in the standings into a 14th place finish as Stanford's "The Goodwin" came to a close.
No. 9 Washington rallied for the win, firing the best round of the day (a 10-under 270) to finish with a 22-under 818 score. No. 47 Nevada snuck into second (821), ahead of host and No. 14 Stanford (823), which had led after the first two rounds. No. 51 SMU slipped from second into fourth (824) with Oregon rounding out the top five (828).
Colorado had jumped from 14th into ninth after the second round, but turned in a 6-over 286 score in the final round to finish at 1-over par 841. While not far off from the average score (284), going into the day the Buffs were optimistic they could go low as they did on Friday when CU had the fourth-best score of the day.
Freshman Jack Holland led the Buffaloes here, tying for 23rd with a 4-under 206 score after shooting an even round Saturday on the 6,742-yard, par-70 Stanford Golf Course design. He tied for the team-high in birdies with three, along with 12 pars and three bogeys on his way to his 70. His 11 birdies for the week were a team high, which he made along with 37 pars opposite five birdies and a double.
It was Holland's best final round of the season, some eight fewer strokes than he had been averaging and his first of par or better in seven tries. He was actually a late substitution in the CU lineup, as he replaced John Paterson who came down with an illness prior to the team departing. He wound up playing the par-3s the second-best in the 147-man field at 4-under.
Junior Kristoffer Max finished well, also closing with an even-par 70 to tie for 40th with an overall even 210 effort. Aside from a late double bogey (on No. 6, his 15th hole of the day), he matched Holland's team-high three birdies and 14 pars in the final round; for the event, he had 10 birdies and 37 pars, with five bogeys and a double. It was his low score to close a tournament this year. He, too, played the par-3s well, tying for ninth-best at 1-under.
Freshman Justin Biwer struggled for the first time in 24 collegiate rounds Saturday, as he shot a 7-over 77; he tied for 57th with a 2-over 212. His previous high had been a pair of 74s; he was even through eight holes, coming off a birdie at No. 17, when he then scored three double bogeys in his next five holes. Prior to those, he had just seven all year for 422 holes. He had two eagles, 10 birdies and 29 pars against 10 bogeys and the three doubles for the event.
Freshman Dylan McDermott wrapped things here with a third straight 2-over 72, finishing tied for 88th with a 6-over 216. McDermott, who hails from Granite Bay a little over 100 miles northeast of Palo Alto, had two birdies and 12 pars (four bogeys) on Saturday, increasing his totals for the tourney to six, 38 and eight, respectively, with two doubles. He birdied two of his first six holes in the final round but couldn't get any more to fall the rest of the day.
Freshman Frederik Eisenbeis completed the CU effort here, closing with a 4-over 74 that had him tie for 123rd with a 14-over 224 overall. He had 14 pars and four bogeys to finish up here, and for the week, he had three birdies and 37 pars, with 12 birdies and double and a triple.
"It just wasn't a very good day overall, though we did get off to a pretty good start," head coach Roy Edwards said. "We just weren't able to keep it going. Jack and Kris had nice rounds, but we didn't play the par-5s very well and made a few too many big numbers.
"Jack had a really nice tournament, which is what we have been seeing in a lot in qualifying," Edwards continued. "Kris did as well. Justin played great the first couple of days but just had a rough patch in today's round, really the first time this year for him. But overall, the team keeps getting better and definitely took a step forward this week."
Nevada's Peyton Callens captured medalist honors with a 13-under 197 score, besting UC Davis; Lucas Carper, who was tied for the lead going into the day, by one stroke.
The Buffaloes return to action in two weeks, heading to Chandler, Ariz., to play in Wyoming's Cowboy Classic on April 4-5. It will be CU's final tune-up ahead of next month's Pac-12 Championships in Sammamish, Wash., April 25-27.
NOTES: The Buffaloes improved their record to 78-60-3 against Division I competition, and are now 4-9 against their Pac-12 Conference colleagues (going 3-3 here) … In the end, the course played about the same Saturday (71.86 for 147 rounds) as it did for Friday's (71.88); it worked to 71.64 for the event all told … Only 32 of the 147 players shot in the 60s Saturday, compared to 57 in the first round and 39 in the second … The Buffs did play the par-3s well, second in the field for the (1-over); CU was down the line on the par-4s (16th-best, +33) and the par-5's (tied for 15th (16-under, but just 2-under Saturday) … CU tied for the most pars (177) but was 24th in birdies (40); the Buffs tied for fourth in eagles (2, both by Biwer) … Biwer's two rounds in the 60s tied Jeremy Paul for the frosh mark for most subpar rounds in a season with 17 (Paul did it in 2013-14) … Biwer maintained his team-best stroke average (70.42), with Max moving into second (71.90) ahead of McDermott (71.96).
|1.||Peyton Callens, Nevada||65-67-65—197|
|2.||Lucas Carper, UC Davis||66-65-67—198|
|3.||Sampson Zheng, California||66-66-67—199|
|4.||Noah Goodwin, SMU||66-68-66—200|
|5.||Eric Doyle, Oregon||70-68-63—201|
|17.||Long Beach State||286-281-280—847|
|20.||St. Mary's (Calif.)||283-285-285—853|
|23.||San Jose State||279-289-292—860|