The University of Colorado men's golf team finished second and CU senior senior Philip Juel-Berg claimed medalist honors in the 47th annual Gene Miranda Air Force Falcon Invitational on Sunday at the academy.

CU led most of the day but faltered down the stretch, giving rival Colorado State an opening to rally for the win.

The four Buffs who would count in the team score collectively played the last six holes at 7-over par, while CSU's quartet played the same holes at even. Colorado State posted an 849 team score to best CU by three shots (852), with Wyoming finishing third at 863.

CU and CSU were the only schools to shoot under par as a team in the third round.

"It was a solid event here, especially considering the circumstances," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "We certainly are disappointed with not winning but I am very proud of the guys' effort and competitiveness."

Juel-Berg earned his first college win. He tamed the tough Eisenhower Blue Golf Course with a 69-67-68—204 scorecard on the 7,443-yard, par-72 track to win by five strokes. He tied the school record for the most strokes under par (minus-12) in a 54-hole tournament, previously done on two occasions.

"We are very excited for Philip and his win; he played really well here," Edwards said.

Juel-Berg is the seventh Buffalo to win the Air Force meet.


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Though disappointed that the team couldn't hold on for the team victory, Juel-Berg was pleased with how he played and that he finally broke through for his first collegiate win. He previously had two top five finishes.

"It means everything, I was super excited obviously winning my first tournament, especially as a senior," Juel-Berg said.

Junior Ethan Freeman recorded his first top five collegiate finish in a 54-hole event, tying for fifth with a 76-67-69—212 effort; he had 13 birdies and 34 pars in a solid performance. Junior Jeremy Paul tied for seventh with a 213 total, closing with a 73 with 11 birdies and 35 pars on the weekend.

Colorado will return to action in two weeks at the New Mexico Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque on Sept. 25-26, and then two days later will host the Mark Simpson-CU Invitational at Boulder Country Club.

Results

Colorado individuals (*—played as an individual)

1. Philip Juel-Berg.................. 69-67-68—204

T5. Ethan Freeman................. 76-67-69—212

T7. Jeremy Paul...................... 71-69-73—213

28. *Pierce Aichinger............. 74-73-72—219

T52. Ross Macdonald............. 78-68-78—224

T52. *Kade Crossland............ 73-74-77—224

86. John Souza............................. WD-WD-77

Top five individuals

1. P. Juel-Berg, Colorado.. 69-67-68—204

2. Devon Purser, Weber St. ... 68-68-73—209

3. Frederik Dreier, UTEP........ 68-70-72—210

3. Dominic Kieffer, CSU.......... 70-71-69—210

5. Ethan Freeman, Colorado.. 76-67-69—212

5. Antoine Rozner, UMKC...... 70-69-73—212

Team scores

1. Colorado State.............. 286-282-281—849

2. COLORADO................... 294-271-287—852

3. Wyoming....................... 287-288-288—863

4. Weber State.................. 284-291-291—866

5. Texas-El Paso............... 290-286-291—867

6. Nevada.......................... 298-286-291—875

7. Northern Colorado....... 286-299-292—877

7. Missouri-Kansas City... 297-288-292—877

9. William & Mary............. 296-289-293—878

10. Utah State................... 292-287-300—879

11. Air Force...................... 300-291-290—881

12. Boise State.................. 301-288-296—885

13. Abilene Christian........ 303-289-294—886

14. Utah............................. 295-292-299—886

15. Southern Utah............ 310-317-317—944