The Colorado men's golf team rebounded with the second-best team score in the final round of the Pac-12 Conference Championships, propelling the Buffaloes into a tie for sixth place Sunday in Salt Lake City.

Fourth-ranked Stanford captured the title for the third straight year, as the Cardinal rode a tremendous second-round 19-under-par effort to a final team score of 1,402, which was 18-under par. That easily outdistanced No. 13 California, the first-round leader, which finished with a 1,431 team total.

Tenth-ranked Arizona State claimed third (1,439), No. 24 Washington fourth (1,443) and second-ranked Southern California went from third at the start of the day to fifth (1,448). The Bears and Trojans shot the day's ninth and 11th worst scores, respectively.

The Buffs had struggled with the blustery third-round conditions but used that experience to come back and record the second best final round score (10-over 365) in moving up into a tie with Oregon. The winds were prevalent the entire round Sunday, averaging in the teens but at times gusting up to in excess of 30 mph. Colorado and Oregon finished with identical 1,459 team scores in the 6-for-5 scoring format.

It was CU's second best finish in the Pac-12s since the Buffaloes joined the conference five years ago — only a fourth place finish in 2014 tops this year's effort.


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Colorado junior Jeremy Paul wrapped things up with a 2-over par 73, which gave him a 2-under 282 on the 7,209-yard, par-71 Salt Lake Country Club Course layout in tying for seventh. It was the best score and finish by a Buffalo in the five years CU has been a member of the Pac-12 Conference. He topped his twin brother Yannik's score of 285 last year in Pullman, Wash., and topped David Oraee's 12th-place effort at Tucson, Ariz., in 2014.

Paul tied for the most eagles (two) and the 19th most birdies (14) to go with 41 pars. He played the par-5s at 8-under (fifth best) and had one hole worse than bogey all weekend (the field combined had 226).

Colorado junior Ethan Freeman put together one of the best rounds in the field to end things here, firing a 1-under 70 for a 10-over 294 total that placed him 35th. Teammate John Souza posted a 4-over 75 to finish up with a 295 (11-over), which tied him for 36th place. Senior Philip Juel-Berg scored a 6-over 77 to wrap up with a 12-over 296, tying for 38th, also for CU.

Results

CU INDIVIDUALS

T7. Jeremy Paul................................ 67-68-74-73—282

35. Ethan Freeman............................ 75-73-76-70—294

T36. John Souza.................................. 76-70-74-75—295

T38. Philip Juel-Berg........................... 72-77-70-77—296

41. Wilson Belk................................. 74-75-78-70—297

67. Ross Macdonald......................... 72-77-77-84—310

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS

1. Jon Rahm, Arizona State.............. 70-66-68-68—272

2. Jordan Gumberg, Arizona............. 68-71-69-68—276

T3. K.K. Limbhasut, California............. 66-66-66-79—277

T3. David Boote, Stanford................... 68-66-70-73—277

5. Franklin Huang, Stanford.............. 66-72-68-73—279

6. Maverick McNealy, Stanford....... 69-71-69-72—281

T7. Jeremy Paul, Colorado........ 67-68-74-73—282

T7. Jonathan Garrick, UCLA............... 67-68-69-78—282

T9. Aaron Wise, Oregon..................... 73-69-71-70—283

T9. Corey Pereira, Washington.......... 72-69-69-73—283

TEAM SCORES

1. Stanford................................... 352-336-348-366—1402

2. California................................. 350-343-355-383—1431

3. Arizona State........................... 359-352-364-364—1439

4. Washington............................. 360-355-360-368—1443

5. Southern California................. 356-348-363-381—1448

6. COLORADO..................... 360-363-371-365—1459

6. Oregon..................................... 370-356-366-367—1459

8. UCLA....................................... 358-365-360-382—1465

9. Washington State................... 380-365-357-374—1476

10. Arizona..................................... 361-367-374-380—1482

11. Oregon State........................... 371-365-372-377—1485

12. Utah......................................... 378-363-364-391—1496