First Two Rounds
PULLMAN —University of Colorado junior golfer Daniel O'Loughlin enjoyed a much better final round here Wednesday in the NCAA Northwest (Pullman) Regional, though not enough to qualify for the NCAA Finals later this month.
O'Loughlin finished his season with a 1-under 69 to give him a 212 total for the three rounds (2-over par); that tied him for 47th in the standings. He had three birdies and 13 pars with just two bogeys, with most of his non-pars coming in a four-hole stretch (Nos. 5 through 8) where he scored birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie in shooting 33 on the front side. He bogeyed No. 11 and the parred out the remainder of the round.
PULLMAN —University of Colorado junior golfer Daniel O'Loughlin had his struggles here Tuesday in the NCAA Northwest (Pullman) Regional, shooting a 5-over par 75 that dropped him 36 spots in the standings and likely put him out of contention of advancing individually to the NCAA Finals later this month.
O'Loughlin owns a 68-75—143 scorecard after 36 holes of play on the Palouse Ridge Golf Club course, a 7,232-yard, par-70 layout. He had two birdies and nine pars opposite seven bogeys. Four of the latter came between holes 12 and 17, but he did bounce back to end his round with a birdie on the par-5 18th for the second straight day. He opened with a bogey to begin the round and made the turn at 3-over.
PULLMAN —University of Colorado junior golfer Daniel O'Loughlin opened play here in the NCAA Northwest (Pullman) Regional Monday with a 2-under par 68, a score that his him tied for 19th in the standings.
O'Loughlin had a very consistent round, scoring five birdies and 11 pars against a bogey and a double on the Palouse Ridge Golf Club course, a 7,232-yard, par-70 layout. The latter came on a par-5 No. 5 hole that lifted him to 1-over at the time; he went on to play the last 13 holes at 3-under, including closing his day with a birdie on No. 18. The five birdies tied for the 11th-most in the field, while playing the par-4 holes at 2-under, tied for the 12th-best. He shot 35 on the front and 33 on the back.
"It was a nice opening round for Daniel", CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "He had some good par saves early in the round, he closed his day making a great birdie on 18 (a 551-yard, par-5) after hitting his drive in the penalty area."
"I'm pleased with the score I shot today," O'Loughlin said. "Grinded out a few good pars and took most of my birdie chances when I had them. My overall game feels really solid, so I'm hoping for more of the same the next couple days."
Since the regional format came into being in 1989, O'Loughlin is the fifth Buff to qualify as an individual without his teammates; his 2-under par 68 is the lowest score in that group and just the second round of the 13 that was under par. The previous best was a 1-under 71 by Stephen Carroll in 2003.
Three players are tied for the individual lead after scoring 6-under 64s: Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M), Garett Reband (Oklahoma) and Carson Lundell (BYU). Reband made the turn with a 6-under 29 after opening with six birdies on that side.
In the team standings, just four strokes separate the top five teams. No. 20 Texas A&M owns the lead with an 11-under par 269, with No. 5 Oklahoma (270), No. 8 Georgia Tech (27), No. 32 BYU (272) and Michigan State (273) lurking behind. Locally, Colorado State is 11th (279) and Northern Colorado 12th (283).
O'Loughlin will once again tee off on No. 1 at 10:42 a.m. MDT, and again will be paired with the No. 3 golfers from Iona and Wright State. The third and final round is set for Wednesday.
PULLMAN —University of Colorado junior golfer Daniel O'Loughlin is one of 75 players competing here beginning Monday in the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, as is set to participate in the Northwest (Pullman) Regional through Wednesday in a bid to advance to the NCAA Finals later this month.
A total of 14 teams are competing here along with five individuals who earned invitations when their schools did not qualify. They will compete on the Palouse Ridge Golf Club course, a 7,232-yard, par-70 configuration for the event; it will have a rather unique set of five par-3s and three par-5s with the standard 10 par-4s.
When Wilson Belk enrolled at Colorado four years ago, he knew he wanted to play golf for the Buffaloes and he knew he wanted to someday be a doctor.
BOULDER —University of Colorado junior golfer Daniel O'Loughlin has earned an individual berth into the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, as he will participate in the Northwest (Pullman) Regional set for May 13-15.
O'Loughlin led the Buffaloes in stroke average this season with a 72.0 average, Loughlin led the Buffaloes in stroke average this season with a 72.0 average, a figure that is currently tied for the eighth best for a single season in program history. He posted CU's best score in six of the team's 12 events, and also led the team in a dozen categories: top 5, 10 and 20 finishes (3, 6 and 6, respectively), rounds in the 60s (9), subpar rounds (16), rounds of par or better (19), percentage of rounds counting toward team scoring (1.000, 37 of 37), first round average (69.91), middle round average (72.46), birdies (117), pars (430), and percentage of holes of par or better (82.3).
He won the first tournament of the season, firing a 7-under 209 to win Air Force's Gene Miranda Invitational last September.
"It is quite the honor for Daniel to be selected to play in the NCAA regionals," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "This will be his third regional in three seasons and it is a strong recognition for him having a really good season. Palouse Ridge is a fantastic course and it suits Daniel's game well. I expect him to go there and be quite competitive."
Though Colorado just missed qualifying as a team, in Edwards' 13 years at the reins of the program, the full team has earned a berth nine times and an individual on three other occasions, only being shutout from both on one occasion (2011).
Six regional tournaments will be conducted simultaneously across the nation, all 54 holes over the three days. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Finals, which will be May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
In all, 14 teams and five individuals will participate in Pullman, including UCLA from the Pac-12. Other individuals are Thomas Hutchison (UC Davis), Zach Smith (UC Santa Barbara), Tim Widing (San Francisco) and Jake Chanen (Grand Canyon). O'Loughlin is the third-seeded individual of the five.
The Pac-12 qualified eight teams in all, with Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and USC joining UCLA; the only other individual who earned a berth was Utah's Kyler Dunkle.