EDMOND, Okla. — The Buffs men's golf team struggled Friday but is in 12th place after the second round of the Maxwell.

No. 2 Oklahoma State leads heading into the final round with a 7-over 567. No. 48 New Mexico follows at 569 and No. 13 Oklahoma sits at third with 571. No. 3 Baylor and No. 49 Liberty make up the rest of the top five.

The Buffs finished the day 44-over par at 604, with a 303 in the first round and a 301 in the second.

"Today was far from our best," CU head coach Roy Edwards said in a school news release. "This was due to a variety of reasons. We made too many big numbers and missed in some bad spots into greens. However, the main issue was the short game — we lost a lot of shots in the short game. Our chipping and lag putting needs to improve. Our guys fought back in it, and we are proud of them for competing."

CU couldn't generate much in either round, with just 13 birdies for the day.

Junior John Souza had the best performance for the Buffs with a 9-over 149. He began with a 75 and had one birdie in each round eventually tying for 19th best in the 80-man field.

Junior Yannick Paul played well and sat one back of Souza at 76-74. He was 10-over par and tied for 47th place.

Seniors Ethan Freeman and Jeremy Paul and junior Spencer Painton all had strong performances for the Buffs.

UCLA's Hidetoshi Yoshihara had the individual lead.

The final round is set for today at 8 a.m. It will wrap up the last of CU's action before the Pac-12 Championships at the Boulder Country Club April 28-30.



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