The Colorado men's golf team was caught by Utah in the final round as the two Pac-12 Conference rivals shared the title Tuesday at the eighth Annual Mark Simpson-Colorado Invitational in Erie.

Ties are technically not broken in college golf, so this counts as a win for both teams. That didn't stop the CU and Utah coaches, however, from holding their own playoff to see their players perform under pressure. The Utes won the playoff on the first extra hole.

"There was certainly no shame in how we played or in tying Utah, but we're disappointed we didn't get the playoff win," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "The good about it was that we shot the second low round of the day. We played fine, we were just a little off, but we posted a good score because the guys competed very well and holes playing head-to-head with probably the best Utah team that they've had in a long time. Collectively we had just one bogey over the last 12 a good job of hanging in there.

"It certainly feels like a loss because we didn't win the playoff, but we wanted to have the players have that mindset and play under that kind of pressure that they would face at the NCAA's. Utah won the best four out of five in the playoff, they had two birdies and we had two bogeys."

In the playoff, which took place on the 452-yard, par-4 18th hole at Colorado National Golf Club, the Utes had two players birdie and three others par, which the Buffs couldn't match, thus earning Utah its first win in six appearances in the Simpson, besting its top finish of third last year.


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The Buffaloes and Utes were tied through three rounds of play at 22-under par (842) after a see-saw morning had three different teams leading throughout. Wyoming was also atop the leaderboard but eventually settled for third with an 18-under (846) team score. UC-Riverside (858), Oregon State (860) and Air Force (861) rounded out the top six.

Colorado senior Spencer Painton finished as the tournament runner-up, carding a final round 3-under 69 that gave him a 12-under 204 total. In posting his best 54-hole score and subsequently his finish as a collegian, he was consistent across the board on CNGC's 7,745-yard, par-72 layout, tying for second in par-3 scoring (2-under), for fifth in par-5 scoring (5-under) and for sixth in par-4 scoring (5-under). He was third in the 107-man field with 17 birdies, and he didn't have a whole worse than bogey all tournament, finishing up with 32 pars and just five bogeys and shooting his single round college best - a 7-under 65 - in the opening round.

"Spencer had a really good week, he's had a lot of really good rounds this year," Edwards added. "He's a team-first guy, and we're really excited with how he developed his game."

Colorado's Daniel O'Loughlin had his third straight solid performance after joining the team earlier this summer after transferring from McNeese State. The sophomore finished with a 1-under 71 for a 5-under 211 total, tying for 12th overall. He managed the course well, scoring nine birdies and 41 pars, the latter tying for the team-high as well as for the fifth-most in the field, and had just four bogeys in the three rounds.

Sophomore Victor Bjorlow matched Painton with CU's low score in the final round, a 3-under 69 that propelled him a 4-under 212 and a tie for 14th, establishing three collegiate bests in the process: his best single round score, his best 54-hole score and his top finish in a major tournament. He had four birdies and 13 pars with a single bogey in the final round, and overall had an eagle, 10 birdies and 35 pars with just eight bogeys in finishing fifth in par-5 scoring (5-under).

Senior John Souza tied for 24th as he closed with an even-par 72 for a 1-under 215 count. He had 10 birdies and 36 pars for the tourney, as he was consistent on all the holes (1-over on the par-3s, even on the par-4s and 2-under on the par-5s).

Sophomore Ross Macdonald rounded out the main CU team (four other Buffs participated as a "B" team), and he couldn't get much going here but hung in as best he could, finishing with a 5-over 77 for a 16-over 232, tying him for 99th. Though he had no birdies, he scored 15 pars in the final round.

Scores

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

2. Spencer Painton ............................. 65-70-69—204

T12. Daniel O'Loughlin ........................... 68-72-71—211

T14. Victor Bjorlow ................................. 70-73-69—212

T18. *Trevor Olkowski ........................... 68-72-73—213

T24. John Souza ...................................... 72-71-72—215

T64. *Cole Krantz .................................... 73-71-77—221

T78. *Kade Crossland ............................ 77-73-75—225

T82. *Wilson Belk ................................... 77-71-78—226

T99. Ross Macdonald ............................. 77-78-77—232

(*—played as an individual.)

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS

1. Kyler Dunkle, Utah ......................... 70-68-64—202

2. Spencer Painton, Colorado ......... 65-70-69—204

3. Tyler Moore, UC-Riverside .......... 70-68-67—205

4. Bryant Falconello, Air Force ........ 69-68-70—207

T5. Felix Mory, CSU-Northridge ........ 66-72-71—209

T5. John Murdock, Wyoming ............ 70-71-67—209

T5. Blair Bursey, Utah Valley .............. 68-74-67—209

T5. Joseph Crisostomo, Air Force .... 71-68-70—209

T9. Braxton Miller, Utah State ............ 70-69-71—210

T9. Spencer Tibbits, Oregon State ... 68-72-70—210

T9. Quintin Pope, Wyoming ............... 69-70-71—210

TEAM SCORES

1. #Utah ..................................... 283-282-277—842

1. COLORADO ........................... 275-286-281—842

3. Wyoming ............................... 283-280-283—846

4. UC-Riverside ......................... 289-287-282—858

5. Oregon State ........................ 285-285-289—860

6. Air Force ................................ 283-288-291—861

7. Utah State .............................. 289-291-283—863

8. Arkansas-Little Rock ............ 290-286-288—864

9. Northern Colorado ............... 288-289-289—866

T10. Seattle .................................... 299-283-285—867

T10. Utah Valley ............................ 286-299-282—867

T10. Loyola-Marymount .............. 292-288-287—867

13. Southern Utah ...................... 290-292-288—870

14. Houston Baptist .................... 291-293-287—871

15. Idaho ....................................... 289-295-292—876

16. Weber State .......................... 297-296-287—880

17. UT-Rio Grande Valley ......... 291-293-300—884

18. CSU-Northridge .................... 288-294-304—886

19. Wofford .................................. 294-287-306—887

#—won playoff on first extra hole.