Golfers Win Seventh Straight Simpson-CU Invitational

ERIE — The University of Colorado men's golf team came out firing on all cylinders Tuesday and made a few entries in the school's record book as the Buffaloes captured its own 10th Annual Mark Simpson-Colorado Invitational.
 
It marked the eighth straight year the Buffaloes have won or shared the title in the event, this being the sixth outright victory and second in a row.  All five of CU's designated scorers finished in the top 20, and it was the first time in 11 years that as many as five Buffs finished under par in a tournament, as well as the first time ever that all five scorers did so.
 
The Buffaloes pulled away from the field in posting a tournament single round record of 15-under par 273, which also gave CU the meet record for the winning score at 35-under 829.  That stands as the second-best score in relation to par in school history, just behind a 39-under par performance in 2008 at Denver's Ron Moore Invitational.
 

Buff Golfers Take Lead Into Final Round of own Simpson-CU Invitational

ERIE — The University of Colorado men's golf team, looking to win or share the title in its own tournament for the seventh straight year, is in position to do just that as the Buffaloes will take the lead into the final round Tuesday of the 10th Annual Mark Simpson-Colorado Invitational.
 
The Buffaloes posted a 20-under par team score of 556, scoring back-to-back subpar rounds for the first time this season (with a season-best 12-under 276 in the morning round).  Utah State finished the day in second place, four strokes back at 560, with Grand Canyon in the mix, five off the pace with a 561 total.  Wyoming (562) and CSU-Fullerton (563) round out the top five, with just 10 strokes separating the top seven teams overall.
 

Golfers Finish Seventh In UNM Tucker Invitational

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of Colorado men's golf team struggled along with the bulk of the field here Saturday and finished seventh as the 65th Annual University of New Mexico William H. Tucker Invitational came to a close.
 
Host New Mexico and Brigham Young tied for the team title, each recording 10-under 854 scores.  Second-round leader Arizona slipped to a third place finish, two back at 856.  San Diego State remained in fourth a 2-under 862, while Utah supplanted the Buffs in fifth in finishing at 10-over 874.
 
Colorado finished with an 18-over 306 in the final round, dropping to seventh in the standings with a 17-over 881.
 
The course set-up and pin locations made scoring harder for the 92-man field, as the average score increased by nearly two strokes from the first two rounds to 76.09.  Eleven teams recorded subpar scores over the first two rounds, whereas just one was able to in the final round, that being BYU and the Cougars were just 1-under, enough to catch host New Mexico to share the team title.
 

Golfers in Fifth After Two Rounds of the UNM Tucker Invitational

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of Colorado men's golf team had a solid, consistent day here Friday as the Buffaloes finished the day in fifth place after two rounds of the 65th Annual University of New Mexico William H. Tucker Invitational.
 
No. 6 Arizona holds the slimmest of leads after shooting a 14-under par 562 score for 36 holes, which leads host New Mexico by a single shot.  BYU is in third at 9-under 567, San Diego State holds fourth (570) with the Buffaloes rounding out the top five with a 1-uner 575.
 

Buff Individuals Fare Well In CSU's Annual Ram Masters Invite

FORT COLLINS — The University of Colorado men's golf team did not participate as a full squad in the annual Colorado State Ram Masters Invitational, but two Buffaloes trekked up north to play as individuals and posted solid finishes here Tuesday.
 
Senior Ross Macdonald and redshirt frosh Adam Matteson both tied for 13th with identical even-par 210 scores on the 7,121-yard, par-70 Fort Collins Country Club course layout.
 
Macdonald had nine birdies, 37 pars – tied for ninth-most in the field – seven bogeys and a double en route to his score, his ninth career tournament where he finished either even or under par.  In recording rounds of 71, 68 and 71, it marked his 15th career round in the 60s.  He tied with three others playing the par-3 holes the best here, collectively playing the dozen short ones at 1-under par.
 
Matteson turned in rounds of 69, 71 and 70, with 12 birdies, 30 pars and 12 bogeys; his 12 birds tied for the fifth-most in the tournament.  He played the par-4 holes at 2-under par, tied for second-best in the 96-man field, and one of just four of those players to be under par on the 4's.  It was just his second tournament as a collegian and he scored both his first subpar and even par rounds.
 
Texas El-Paso's Oskar Ambrosius ran away with medalist honors, with his 65-68-68—201 performance (9-under par) good for a six shot win over a trio of players.  As for the team competition, host CSU was the only school in the 17-team field under par, finishing with an 831 total (9-under), with Wyoming finishing second, some 14 strokes back at 845.
 
In all, 12 players shot under par and another three including the two Buffaloes leaving here with even-par efforts as the average score for nearly 300 rounds here was 73.08.
 
The Buffs return to action a week from Friday, as CU will once again compete in New Mexico's Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque on Sept. 27-28.  Colorado is one of three teams to have played in all previous 67 Tucker events.

 

Golfers Finish 14th In Maui Jim Intercollegiate

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The University of Colorado men's golf team never got untracked as unit here this weekend, finishing 14th in the Maui Jim Intercollegiate.
 
Arizona State rallied to win its own tournament, firing an 11-under par team score of 269 in the final round with the course set up the toughest in the three-day event; the Sun Devils finished with an 802 total (38-under par), good for a seven-shot win over second-round leader Arizona (809).  Clemson (811) and Pepperdine (815) finished third and fourth, while Utah and Southern California tied for fifth (825).
 
Colorado's quintet here didn't post a lot of big numbers – just 11 holes worse than bogey – but didn't take advantage the first two rounds when scoring opportunities were more prevalent.   In the end, CU finished 14th in the 15 team field with an 14-over 854 score.
 
Senior Daniel O'Loughlin paced the Buffaloes, finishing with a 2-over 72 to tie for 18th with an overall score of 5-under 205 on the 7,081-yard, par-70 Mirabel Golf Club course.  He had a team-best 10 birdies along with an eagle with only seven bogeys, as he tied for 12th in par-5 scoring over the three days (4-under) and 19th in par-4 scoring (2-under).  It was the 13th time in 27 tournaments at Colorado that he finished under par, along with two even par efforts.
 
"The course was set up tougher today but the results were more of the same," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "This was obviously a disappointing tournament. Other than two good rounds from Daniel we didn't have any rounds under par which made things very difficult for us."
 
The rest of the Buffs finished down the line, though once again the scores weren't terrible, just a lack of numbers in the red.  Sophomore John Paterson tied for 57th with a 5-over 215 score as he recorded CU's best score Sunday with an even-par 70; junior Cole Krantz tied for 64th at 9-over 219; senior Victor Bjorlow placed 69th at 12-over 222; and sophomore Kristoffer Max ended tied for 71st at 14-over 224.
 
Bjorlow scored CU's most birdies in the final round with four, but those were countered by six bogeys and a double that led to a final round 74, which is also was Krantz shot.  Max recorded a 73 Sunday.
 
Arizona State's Cameron Sisk captured medalist honors, finishing up with a 5-under 65 for a 14-under score of 196, which was good for two shot victory over Clemson's Turk Pettit, the second round leader who shot a 69 Sunday.
 
The full Buffalo team will return to action in two weeks, as CU heads south on I-25 to take part once again in New Mexico's Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque on Sept. 27-28.  Two players, senior Ross Macdonald and redshirt freshman Adam Matteson will compete today and Tuesday in Colorado State's Ram Masters Invitational in Fort Collins.
 
NOTES: The average score for tournament was 69.98, including a high for the field of 70.88 when the course was set up tougher … A total of 36 players finished under par, with seven others ending at even …  The Buffs were 12th in par-5 scoring (10-under) and 14th in both par-3 scoring (12-over) and 14th on the par-4 holes (plus-33) … CU also tied for 10th in pars (168) but was last in birdies (39).