PALM DESERT, Calif. — The University of Colorado men's golf team closed with another solid round and overall had an excellent tournament but in the end finished where it started, in third place as the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate came to a close Sunday.
No. 15 California ran away from the field, winning with a 47-under par 817 team score, easily topping No. 9 Texas Tech, which was second after each round in finishing with a 27-under 837. The No. 52 Buffaloes finished third at 19-under 845, but were in second place for much of the first two-thirds of the day before cooling off a bit while the Red Raiders caught fire down the stretch, playing the six holes 13-under par.
In fact, CU had to hold off a charging UCLA for the bronze honor, as the No. 21 Bruins shot the second best round of the day — and tournament — with a 19-under 269 to finish with an 848 total (Cal closed with a 268). The Buffaloes did defeat four of the six ranked programs competing here and should climb back into the nation's top 50 in this week's rankings.
The Bears dominated the event from start to finish, with its scorers each day combining for only 19 bogeys in 216 holes of play, while scoring 66 birdies.