Golf: CU Buffs walk-on Hayes surprises
09/24/2012 08:51:00 PM MDT
Derek Fribbs lines up his putt in the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational at Colorado National Golf Course in Erie.
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ERIE -- Considering John Hayes has been on the team for less than two weeks, Colorado men's golf coach Roy Edwards really had no reason to put him in the lineup for this weeks' Mark Simpson Invitational.
After 36 holes of play on Monday, Edwards may need to rethink his lineup for future tournaments.
Playing as an individual instead of in CU's starting five, Hayes finished the first two rounds of the Simpson Invitational in a tie for second place, with a 6-under par 138. He's just three shots behind Nathan Hughes of Missouri-Kansas City.
"I'm trying to win this tournament, obviously, (Tuesday), but I just walked on," Hayes said. "I need to earn my respect with my teammates and the coaches."
CU is in a fourth-place tie in the team standings after Monday. As a group, the Buffs are at 570 (6-under) through two rounds, nine shots back of first-place Oregon State (561, 15-under). Derek Fribbs, at 4-under, leads CU's team.
Although Hayes' score won't count for the Buffs this week, he's clearly turning heads.
"John's been a great addition for us," Edwards said. "We've been very fortunate to have him."
Hayes played two years at Towson University and transferred to CU a year ago. He sat out of golf last year and walked onto the team just a week and a half ago. In a tryout, Hayes fired a 64 and then followed up with a 69.
Monday, he scrambled for a 1-under 71 in the first round and followed that up with a 5-under 67 in the second round. His day included six birdies and two eagles. He made a pair of 50-foot putts on those eagle holes, he said.
"I knew I could play this well, for sure," he said. "But, I'm glad I did. I'm glad I could hopefully impress coach Edwards today."
Edwards figured that, at worst, Hayes could push the starting five all year. Hayes wants more than that.
"I want to get on the starting five, obviously, because the schedule for CU is amazing," he said. "The five right now are great players. They can definitely win this tournament (Tuesday) and I hope they do. I just want to put in a good showing individually."
As a team, CU may have dug too big of a hole to win. The Buffs were about six or seven over par through the first six holes.
"From that point on, it was really good today," Edwards said. "The next 30 were pretty good overall."
Fribbs, tied for eighth individually, had back-to-back 70s. He had 10 birdies, but offset that with four bogeys and a double-bogey.
"I just had a few bad swings that cost me," he said. "Other than that, I played pretty well."
David Oraee sits at 3-under, while Beau Schoolcraft (1-over), Jason Burstyn (2-over) and Philip Juel-Berg (2-over) round out CU's top five.
"It's close enough that if we have a really good round maybe we'll put some pressure on (Oregon State), but they're a good team, as are the other teams around us and ahead of us," Edwards said.
The third and final round will be played today, beginning at 8 a.m. ... CU's Ross Thornton, playing as an individual, was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. He will be allowed to play today's third round, however. ... Schoolcraft is the defending individual champ.
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CU Mark Simpson Invitational
At par 72 Colorado National Golf Club
Scores through 2 of 3 rounds
Team scores -- Oregon State 561, Missouri-Kansas City 562, Colorado State 568, Colorado 570, Kansas 570, Texas-Arlington 572, Denver 573, Northern Colorado 575, Gonzaga 579, Air Force 579, Texas State 583, Houston Baptist 584, Utah 586, Wyoming 590.
Top 5 individuals -- 1. Nathan Hughes, Missouri-Kansas City, 67-68--135; 2(tie). Brian Jung, Oregon State, 67-71--138; Kirby Pettitt, Colorado State, 71-67--138; Korbin Kuehn, Missouri-Kansas City, 68-70--138; Sean Walsh, Gonzaga, 69-69--138; John Hayes, Colorado, 71-67--138*.
Colorado scores -- 9(tie). Derek Fribbs, 70-70--140; 15(tie). David Oraee, 73-68--141; 24(tie), Drew Trujillo, 71-72--143*; 29(tie). Beau Schoolcraft, 72-73--145; 37(tie). Philip Juel-Berg, 75-71--146; 37(tie). Jason Burstyn, 75-71--146; 69(tie). Tyler Engel, 83-69--152*; 80. Ross Thornton, 74-DQ--DQ*.
* Playing as individual and does not count toward team score.