CHULA VISTA, Calif. — The University of Colorado men's golf team failed to make up any ground in struggling through the final round of the Lamkin San Diego Classic Tuesday, finishing eighth in a field that featured 11 of the nation's top 50 teams.
Oklahoma State, the unanimous No. 1 team in country, backed up that ranking with a convincing victory, its fifth in a row and sixth in seven tournaments this season. The Cowboys ran away from the field in winning with a 44-under par 820 team score, easily outdistancing its Big 12 Conference rival and No. 9 Texas Tech by 32 strokes. OSU finished with a 21-under par 267 score in the final round, while the Red Raiders posted the next best with an 8-under 280.
Only two other teams posted subpar rounds Tuesday, including third place No. 35 Arizona (1-under 287 for a 4-under 860 total). All remaining schools were over par for the event, including No. 22 North Carolina and No. 43 Mississippi, the defending champion, who tied for fourth at 1-over 865.
Colorado, ranked No. 47 by GolfStat (and No. 48 by Golfweek), finished with an 8-over 296 for an 11-over tourney total of 875.
The bulk of CU's struggles here can be traced to three stints: those that would score for the team were 6-over par on their first six holes, then 12-over on the last six in the second round and finally 9-over on the initial seven holes of the final round. Otherwise, those same Buffs on the remaining 35 holes were 16-under par.
"It was like in the book, A Tale of Two Cities ... 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,'" CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "The start of the day was the continuation of Monday's finish. We were pretty flat and we were as much as 9-or 10-over (par) out of the gate. But the good thing about it is that we have a great group of guys who really compete when they're not playing their best. That's what will carry us forward for the rest of the year."
Edwards did look at the effort with the proverbial glass half-full. "It's a better finish than it looked, we beat some good teams here despite not playing our best."
In the final standings, CU earned eight Division I wins, but bested four ranked teams ahead of it: No. 13 Texas, No. 30 Louisville, No. 34 Colorado State and No. 43 St. Mary's.