The University of Colorado men's golf team settled for a third-place Sunday after flirting with the lead throughout the final round of the Gene Miranda Air Force Falcon Invitational.

The Buffs turned in a 4-over par final round score of 292 to finish at 865, which was 1-over for the three-day tourney.

CU entered the day tied for the lead with UTEP but saw UNLV overtake them and tie the Miners for first-place honors. Both UTEP and UNLV finished with 1-under par 863 team scores.

Colorado State (876) and Wyoming (882) rounded out the top five in the 15-team field.

"It was frustrating to lose today," CU coach Roy Edwards said in a news release. "I was proud of how we competed but disappointed in the results. We were right there the entire time, we just made a few uncharacteristic mistakes late. But I did see a lot of positives out there over the last two days."

Senior Ethan Freeman led the Buffs with a fifth place individual finish, turning in a final round even-par score on the 7,461-yard, par-72 Eisenhower Blue Golf Course layout. He had a 2-under 214 total and in the process, became the first player in school history to finish under par four times in the same tournament.


Junior Yannik Paul finished sixth, wrapping things up with a 1-over 73 but was under par overall at 215 (minus-1). He led the field in eagles with three, and as a result, was second in par-5 scoring behind Freeman playing those holes at 7-under.

Freshman Morten Toft Hansen tied for 10th in his first major collegiate tournament, as he finished with a 2-over 74 for a 2-over 218 scorecard for the weekend. He played the par-4 holes even on the weekend, tops by a Buff and fourth-best in the field.

UNLV's John Oda used a final-round 69 to pull away from the field, finishing first with a 10-under 206. UTEP's Andreas Sorenson had been tied with him after 36 holes but couldn't match Oda's effort and was three back at 209.