The Colorado men's golf team had a bit of a topsy-turvy day here Monday, shooting the best score in the morning but the fourth-highest in the afternoon, but when all was said and done, the Buffaloes are in second place in their own 6th annual Mark Simpson-CU Invitational.

Ten strokes separate the top five teams, with Missouri-Kansas City owning the lead heading into the third and final round. The Kangaroos own a 3-over 563 team score, just ahead of host Colorado, which enters Tuesday five shots back at 568. Wyoming (571), Houston Baptist (573) and Wichita State (573) are also within striking distance.

Junior Ethan Freeman paced the CU contingent Monday with a 69-72—141 (1-under) scorecard on the 7,110-yard, par-70 Boulder Country Club course layout. He had a steady day in recording five birdies and 26 pars against only four bogeys and a double in ending 36 holes tied for eighth place, just two shots out of the lead.

Junior Jeremy Paul and freshman Ross Macdonald are in the hunt for medalist honors, as both are three back of the top spot after fashioning identical 67-75—142 efforts; the pair is tied for 12th.

Paul had a team- and tournament-high 10 birdies with 15 pars, but had an uncharacteristic 10 bogeys and a double that brought him back to the field. He birdied all four par-5 holes on the day in playing the long ones second-best in the field, and also managed the par-4s at 1-over, eighth-best.


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Macdonald had a hot start with four birdies and 13 pars with just one bogey in his first round, and at one point was 2-under through seven holes his second time around the BCC track and led the tournament. He fell off a bit after bogeying five of his next eight holes and then closing with a double.

Senior Philip Juel-Berg had nearly identical rounds in posting a 72-71—143, which has him tied for 20th; he had two birdies and 13 pars in each of his rounds.

Sophomore Kade Crossland is in 50th overall after carding a 74-76—150 total (10-over); he had three birdies and 23 pars, 15 of the latter coming in the afternoon.

"It was a really good morning round," CU head coach Roy Edwards said of his team's 5-under 275. "Ross and Jeremy shot two really good rounds, Ethan had a solid one as well and Philip hung in there.

Results

Colorado individuals

T8. Ethan Freeman........................... 69-72—141

T12. Jeremy Paul............................... 67-75—142

T12. *Wilson Belk.............................. 73-69—142

T12. Ross Macdonald........................ 67-75—142

T20. Philip Juel-Berg.......................... 72-71—143

T44. *Drew Trujillo............................. 77-72—149

50. Kade Crossland.......................... 74-76—150

T57. *Pierce Aichinger....................... 76-76—152

Top 10 individuals

1. Kamrin Allen, Wyoming................ 70-69—139

1. Antoine Rozner, UMKC.................. 68-71—139

1. Val Almendarez, Houston Baptist.. 71-68—139

4. Ryan Wallen, Wyoming................ 72-68—140

4. Aaron Lickteig, Wyoming.............. 69-71—140

4. Steven Kupcho, UNC.................... 70-70—140

4. Tanner Jensen, Utah State............ 73-67—140

8. Ethan Freeman, Colorado........... 69-72—141

8. Zander Lozano, UTSA.................... 74-67—141

Team scores

1. Missouri-Kansas City.............. 280-283—563

2. COLORADO........................... 275-293—568

3. Wyoming................................ 293-278—571

4. Houston Baptist...................... 290-283—573

4. Wichita State.......................... 292-281—573

6. Utah State.............................. 291-288—579

6. Texas San-Antonio.................. 290-289—579

8. Northern Colorado................... 293-288—581

9. Air Force................................. 289-293—582

10. Sam Houston State................. 294-295—589

11. George Washington................ 291-304—595

12. Loyola-Marymount.................. 294-303—597

CU volleyball falls at Washington

The University of Colorado volleyball team will continue a four-match road swing Friday and Sunday in Oregon after falling to No. 6 Washingon, 3-0, on Sunday in Seattle.

The Buffs will take on Oregon on Friday in Eugene at 9 p.m. Mountain, and on then face Oregon State on Sunday in Corvallis at noon. Both contests will be televised on Pac-12 Network.

CU dropped its second consecutive Pac-12 Conference match despite the strong performances of Alexis Austin and Gabby Simpson. Austin led both teams with 14 kills, while Simpson was second with 13 kills in the match.

The Buffs (8-6, 0-2 Pac-12) fell 25-20, 25-17 and 25-22.