Golfers Open In 12th At Pac-12 Championships
SAMMAMISH, Wash. — The University of Colorado men's golf team struggled most of the day here Monday, as the Buffaloes find themselves in last place at the midway point of the 62nd Pac-12 Championships.
No. 8 and host Washington owns the lead through 36 holes with a 4-under 706 team score, just ahead of No. 4 Arizona State (710); they had been tied after round one with 9-under 346 totals. No. 17 Stanford (712), UCLA (715) and No. 33 Oregon (717) round out the top five.
The Buffaloes were tied for 11th place with No. 48 Utah after the morning round with 18-over 373 scores. Trying to get off to a better start in the second round, CU fell a bit short and had to count a pair of 8s and a 7 en route to a 379 and a two-round total of 752, or 42-over par.
Freshman Justin Biwer turned in CU's best effort Monday, as he owns a 73-74—147 scorecard (5-over) that has him tied for 40th (the eighth of 20 freshmen competing here). He was the only Buff to avoid big numbers in the first two rounds on the 6,979-yard, par-71 Aldarra Golf Course layout, as he had six birdies, 19 pars (the team-high) and 11 bogeys. All other CU linksters recorded at least two double bogeys.
Freshman Frederik Eisenbeis is tied for 46th with a 76-72—148 effort (6-over par), as he opened with bit of a rollercoaster ride. After a double and two birdies on his first three holes, he settled down to play the next 15 holes at 1-over. He had a much better start the second time around with four pars and then a birdie; he was only a double bogey on the par-5 7th that kept him out of red numbers. As it was, his 10 birdies were a team-high, which also tied him for the fourth-most in the 72-man field.
Sophomore Adam Matteson fashioned a pair of 76s for a 10-over 152 total, which has him tied for 58th. Six of his seven birdies on the day came on the back nine, which he played just 2-over between the two rounds.
Junior John Paterson is 61st after a 72-81—153 day; he had a solid morning effort, including four straight birdies on holes 11 through 14. But in the afternoon, two double bogeys and a quintuple accounted for all nine strokes he was over par the second time around Aldarra's challenging track. He tied Matteson for the second-most birdies by a Buff with seven.
Freshman Dylan McDermott recorded a 76-78—154 scorecard, which has him 62nd overall, but he had the individual highlight of the day in the second round, scoring a hole-in-one on the 115-yard, par-3 No. 2 hole, his first eagle as a collegian. It was the fourth one he has made, all in tournament play in his amateur career.
The length was shortened from its usual 181 yards and McDermott used a pitching wedge to record CU's first ace since 2005, when Edward McGlasson had one in the third round of the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate. It was the ninth hole-in-one in school history, the most famous by Hale Irwin in the third round of the 1967 NCAA Championships in which he went on to be medalist.
Junior Kristoffer Max turned in a 77-79—156 performance that has his tied for 65th. He was 2-over through 14 in the first round before closing out with two bogeys and double; in the afternoon, he was 2-under through six before a triple bogey on No. 7 and a double on No. 8 sidetracked his round.
"Obviously a disappointing start to the tournament," head coach Roy Edwards said. "We made way too many big numbers and it is imperative to limit damage here. We didn't do that today. We did make a pretty good number of birdies, which is encouraging. It is very important to put this behind us, move on from today and start anew tomorrow."
Colorado did score 38 birdies (and one eagle) but no player had more than 19 pars with the team scoring only 104, meaning the Buffs had 73 holes of bogey or worse. The six Buffs were a combined 58-over par, 42 of which could be traced to just four of the hardest holes of the day (Nos. 1, 7, 15 and 16). But on another tough hole on the day – No. 5 – the Buffs played even.
Stanford's Barclay Brown owns the individual lead through 36 holes after posting a 68-67—135 effort, good for a one-shot lead over Washington's Noah Woolsey, who opened with the low round of the day (65) before logging a 71 into the books in the second round. Just three players put two scores in the 60s down on Monday.
The third round is set for Tuesday, as the Buffaloes will be paired with Arizona and Washington State and will begin play off the No. 10 tee starting at 12:17 p.m. MDT. The fourth and final round will be Wednesday morning.
NOTES: Back in Boulder at the school's annual CUSPY's (CU Sports Performers of the Year) on Monday night, Biwer was named the Freshman of the Year for all sports … The day began with 49 degree temperatures with light drizzle at times; warmed into the low 50s with cloudy skies … The average score for 144 rounds Monday was 73.58; the afternoon loop was significantly higher with a 74.24 norm compared to the morning 18's 72.93 figure … The Buffs played the par-3s at 16-over (10th in the field), the par-4s at 32-over (ninth) and the par-5's at 10-over (last) … CU is tied for the fifth-most birdies (38; UCLA leads with 48 with USC and Stanford next with 41) but was last in pars (104; eight behind Arizona with ASU on top with 136) … Colorado entered this week ranked 89th by GolfStat and 97th by Golfweek.
|1.||Barclay Brown, Stanford||68-67—135|
|2.||Noah Woolsey, Washington||65-71—136|
|T3.||Pablo Ereno, UCLA||68-69—137|
|T3.||Yuki Moriyama, Oregon||68-69—137|
|5.||Jose Ballester, Arizona State||68-70—138|