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A five-hole stretch on the Salt Lake Country Club course dropped 66th-ranked Colorado into a tie for sixth at the midway point of the 57th annual Pac-12 Conference men's golf championships Friday.

The Buffs, hovering between second and third for most of the round, combined for an 8-over-par score between the fifth and ninth holes, eventually dropping CU into a tie for sixth place with No. 53 UCLA at 13-over-par 723.

Fourth-ranked and two-time defending champion Stanford sits at 22-under-par 688 after 36 holes, leading No. 13 California by five strokes on the 7,209-yard, Par-71 course. Southern Cal is third at 704, followed by Arizona State (711) and Washington (715).

In spite of that one stretch, CU head coach Roy Edwards was pleased with the Buffs' play.

"All in all, it was a nice start, but we're in a pretty good position," Edwards said. "Eliminating the big numbers is going to be big for us Saturday. Stanford and Cal have been playing great golf, so it's not surprising they played well. But our spirits are good. Tomorrow will be big, because if you have a good third round, you set yourself up for a good finish. You just want to go out and play smart, solid with confidence. We just need to move on from today, get some rest and be prepared for tomorrow."

CU junior Jeremy Paul is tied for third with UCLA's Jonathan Garrick after a 3-under 68. They sit at 7-under 135 overall, three strokes back of tournament leader K.K. Limbhaust of California. Stanford's David Boote is second two shots back.


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"Jeremy had another good day," Edwards said. "He was just in control of his game from start to finish and really did a lot of good things."

Sophomore John Souza is tied for 36 at 4-over 146. He carded a 1-under 70 on Friday behind three birdies, 13 pars and two bogeys. Junior Ethan Freeman is tied for 40th at 148, while senior Philip Juel-Berg and freshmen Ross Macdonald and Wilson Beck sit at 149.

The third round begins today at 10 a.m. MDT. The final round is Sunday.

PAC-12 Championships

Team scores

1. Stanford................................. 352-336—688

2. California................................ 350-343—693

3. Southern California.................. 356-348—704

4. Arizona State.......................... 359-352—711

5. Washington............................ 360-355—715

6. COLORADO........................... 360-363—723

6. UCLA...................................... 358-365—723

8. Oregon................................... 370-356—726

9. Arizona................................... 361-367—728

10. Oregon State.......................... 371-365—736

11. Utah....................................... 378-363—741

12. Washington State................... 380-365—745

Top 5 individuals

1. K.K. Limbhasut, California............. 66-66—132

2. David Boote, Stanford................... 68-66—134

T3. Jeremy Paul, Colorado............... 67-68—135

T3. Jonathan Garrick, UCLA................ 67-68—135

5. Jon Rahm, Arizona State............... 70-66—136

CU individuals

T3. Jeremy Paul............................... 67-68—135

T36. John Souza................................. 76-70—146

T40. Ethan Freeman........................... 75-73—148

T45. Philip Juel-Berg.......................... 72-77—149

T45. Ross Macdonald........................ 72-77—149

T45. Wilson Belk................................ 74-75—149