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).

Golfers Remain In 13th At ASU's Maui Jim Intercollegiate

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The University of Colorado men's golf team was unable to make a move in the standings here Saturday, remaining in 13th place after two rounds of the Maui Jim Intercollegiate.
Arizona shot a blistering 16-under par team score on Saturday to assume the lead, as the Wildcats finished 36 holes with a 532 total, or 28-under par.  Clemson remained in second place, one shot back at 533, tied with host and first round leader Arizona State.  Pepperdine (539) and Kent State (542) round out the top five.
Colorado had it under par early but would close with a 3-over 283 for the second round on the 7,081-yard, par-70 Mirabel Golf Club course configuration, which has the Buffaloes entering the final 18 holes at 5-over 565.
Senior Daniel O'Loughlin continued to lead the Buffaloes here, as he carded a 5-under 65, his college low gross score and one that matched his best round in relation to par.  He ended the day tied for eighth place at 7-under 133, just four strokes out of the lead.  He had seven birdies and nine pars with just a pair of bogeys, making the turn at 4-under after starting on No. 10.  He had his bogeys early on his second nine, but gathered himself to close with three straight birds.  He's tied for third in the field in par-5 scoring at 4-under.
"Daniel had a really good day," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "He was good from start to finish.  It was not a good day for the rest or overall.  We had way too many unforced mistakes and it cost us with a poor round.  We expect to go out tomorrow and compete."
Junior Cole Krantz and sophomore John Paterson are tied for 62nd at 5-over 145; Paterson turned in a 2-over 72 while Krantz had a 4-over 74 on Saturday.  Paterson managed four birdies and 10 pars against three doubles and a bogey, and actually played the last 17 holes at 1-under after opening with a triple on No. 10; Krantz had two birdies and 11 pars countered by four bogeys and a double, with two late bogeys down the stretch costing him a better score.
Senior Victor Bjorlow struggled to an 8-over 78, which dropped him into a tie for 69th.  He just had one "high" number, a double bogey, but scored just one birdie and nine pars along with seven bogeys.  To his credit, he was 7-over after 11 holes and was just plus-1 the final seven.
Sophomore Kristoffer Max rebounded with a 2-over 72, shaving seven strokes off his first round, and is tied for 74th at 11-over 151.  He was cruising along at 3-under par through 10 holes, scoring his third and final birdie of the day on No. 1, but disaster struck on the par-4 second hole where he took a quadruple bogey.
Clemson's Turk Pettit carded a 7-under 63 to take over the individual lead with an 11-under 129 score, good for a one-shot lead over first round leader Josh Gilkison from Kent State.
The third and final round is Sunday, with the Buffaloes to tee off at 9:20 a.m. MDT off No. 10, and will be paired with Florida State and Georgia State.
NOTES: The average score for Saturday was 69.64 for 75 rounds, just a shade higher than Friday's 69.43 … There are 43 players under par through two rounds, with another six holding steady at even …  The Buffs were 13th in par-5 scoring (7-under), 13th in par-3 scoring (5-over) and 13th on the par-4 holes (plus-24).

Golfers Open In 13th In The Arizona Desert

Maui Jim Intercollegiate.
Host Arizona State owns the first day lead with a 18-under par score of 262, with Clemson three back at 265, followed by Arizona in third (268) and Illinois and Kent State tied for fourth at 269.   
Colorado turned in a 2-over team score of 282, which has the Buffaloes 13th in the 15-team field, which features schools from four time zones, a rarity.  While 20 strokes out of the lead, CU is just 13 out the top five and the Buffs have been known to have many a great second round down here in the desert.
The Buffaloes are coming off a victory in Air Force's Gene Miranda Invitational.
"We didn't play our best, but did a good job of keeping ourselves in the round, which is really important when you're not clicking on all cylinders," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "Everyone was competing, we just managed our scoring more than anything today.  Everything was just a touch off, tee balls, wedges, short games.  But we have two more rounds to turn it around.  We have some opportunities to beat some good teams, but we'll need to play better."
Senior Daniel O'Loughlin led the Buffs here Friday, as he is tied for 20th after firing a 2-under 68 on the 7,081-yard, par-70 Mirabel Golf Club course layout.  He had one of 11 eagles in the field, which he made on the par-5 17th hole to get into red numbers for the round.  He also had a birdie, 15 pars – second-most in the field – and a single bogey.
Senior Victor Bjorlow carded an even-par 70 to stand in a 42nd place tie.  He recorded three birdies, 12 pars and three bogeys for his round, as he turned at 1-under par before a couple of early bogeys on the back nine pushed him over par; he rallied with a birdie on 17 to get back to even.
Junior Cole Krantz is tied for 49th after fashioning a 1-over 71; he had three bogeys, 12 pars, two bogeys and a double, the latter coming on the par-4 ninth following two birds on the previous three holes.
Sophomore John Paterson is tied for 64th with a 3-over 73 after leading the Buffaloes at Air Force with a ninth-place showing.  He had two birdies, 11 pars and five bogeys Friday; he opened with two of those bogeys on his first four holes, but quickly got back to even with both of his birds on the next three holes.  He made the turn at even but had the other three bogeys on the back nine.
Sophomore Kristoffer Max rounded out the CU performers Friday, struggling to a 9-over 79 that unfortunately landed him in 75th, or last place.  He managed only one birdie with 10 pars, as four bogeys and three doubles did him in overall.
Illinois' Jerry Ji and Kent State's Josh Gilkison are tied for the lead after posting 7-under par 63 scores; Ji had seven birdies while Gilkison had eight and one bogey on their days.
The second round is set for Saturday, as the Buffaloes will tee off at 8:50 a.m. MDT off No. 10, and will be paired with Utah and Kent State.  The third and final round will commence Sunday morning.
NOTES: The average score for Friday was 69.43, as 41 turned in subpar rounds with another seven shooting even-par 70s … Colorado was third in the field with 60 pars, but was last with just 10 birdies … As a result of the latter, the Buffs were tied for 11th in par-5 scoring (4-under), 13th in par-3 scoring (3-over) and 14th on the par-4 holes (plus-12) … Just who or what is Maui Jim?  It is a Peoria, Illinois-based manufacturer of sunglasses; though founded in Lahaina, Hawai'i in 1980. As of 2015, the company was the third largest producer of sunglasses in the world.

Golfers Rally To Win Air Force Falcon Invitational

USAFA, Colo. — The University of Colorado men's golf team assumed the tournament lead early in the final round and led the remainder of the day as the Buffaloes defended their title here in winning the 51st Annual Gene Miranda Air Force Falcon Invitational.
With five Buffs, including four of the designated scorers in the top 20, it marked the eighth time that CU has won the AFA event, the fourth time in the last nine years after often finishing second or third since a three-year run as tournament champion from 1991-93.

Golfers Move Into Second At Air Force

USAFA, Colo. — The University of Colorado men's golf team enjoyed the best day in the 18-team field here Saturday, as the Buffaloes used a 10-under par team performance to jump from fourth into second after two rounds of the 51st Annual Gene Miranda Air Force Falcon Invitational.
Host Air Force continued to lead its own tournament, finishing 36 holes at 12-under par 564.  The Buffaloes, nine behind the Falcons at the start of the day, shaved seven strokes off their lead after turning in a 10-under score of 278, the best single round in the tournament, to move to 10-under 566 overall.  Northern Colorado (569), Wyoming (570) and UC Davis (575) round out the top five.
The five designated scorers for CU, the defending champion here, recorded 22 birdies between them Saturday with just 12 bogeys, and for the second straight round, had no holes worse than bogey.
"We had a good day today," CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  "Victor played especially well.  We are very happy for him.  The guys did a great job of managing their strategy and positioning.  I was most impressed with how we played-with patience and consistency.  I expect us to come out again and do the same thing tomorrow from the first tee to the last putt." 
Sophomore John Paterson posted a second straight 2-under 70 to have him tied for seventh with a 4-under 140 total.   He had four birdies and two bogeys the second time around USAFA's Eisenhower Blue track, a par-72 layout that spans some 7,511 yards. 
Senior Victor Bjorlow matched his career-best with a 5-under par 67, as he put together a solid round with six birdies and 11 pars countered by a single bogey.  That effort vaulted him from a tie for 31st also into one for seventh to match Paterson.
 Senior Daniel O'Loughlin, the tournament's defending champion, came back from a first round 73 to shoot a 3-under 69, with his 2-under 142 score tying him for 14th.  It was his 22md round in the 60s in his Colorado career, and the 35th subpar as he had five birdies and 11 pars Saturday.
Junior Cole Krantz fashioned a second straight even-par 72 for a 144 score, tying him for 25th.  He matched his exact first round breakdown with three birdies and 12 pars and three bogeys.
Redshirt freshman Adam Matteson, playing in his first collegiate tournament, shaved three strokes off his first 18-hole effort Friday with a 1-over 73.  He recorded four birdies and nine pars, just missing his first even-par round with a late bogey with two holes to play.
Senior Ross Macdonald and sophomore Kristoffer Max are competing here as individuals, with each posting identical 72-73—145 scores (1-over par) to stand tied for 31st.  Both had five birdies in the second round.
Southern Utah's Jake Vincent assumed the individual lead, thanks to a 6-udner 66 that has him at 10-under 134 heading into Sunday.
The third and final round is set for Sunday morning; the Buffaloes will be paired Air Force, Northern Colorado and Wyoming and will tee off on No. 1 starting at 9 a.m.
NOTES: The average score for Saturday's round was 74.24, with the average for 36 holes for the 104 players competing here at 74.27 … Colorado leads the field in par-5 scoring at 12-under through 36 holes … This is the 37th time the Buffaloes are competing in this tournament, and the Buffs are looking to win it for the eighth time; they have won the event seven times, along with five runner-up finishes and five third-place efforts.