The University of Colorado men's golf team stands in third place after the first round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif.
Colorado, ranked 21st by Golfweek and 24th by both the Golf Coaches Association of America and GolfStat, turned in a 3-over par score of 291, trailing No. 10 Oregon by nine shots, as the Ducks recorded the only under par team score of the day at 6-under 282. No. 58 TCU is second at 1-over 289, followed by CU, with No. 5 Texas Tech (292) and No. 32 Kansas (293) rounding out the top five.
Junior Spencer Painton is tied for second individually after carding a 3-under 69 on the 7,322-yard, par-72 Classic Club course layout, one of just 10 sub-par rounds scored Friday
Senior Jeremy Paul is tied for 15th after scoring a 1-over 73; he opened with a bogey on No. 10 and then proceeded to score two birdies and two more bogeys against 13 pars for the remainder of his round. A top 10 finish here will break a tie with Steve Jones for the most in a CU career, as both have 19.
Junior Yannik Paul fired a 2-over 74 that has him tied for 28th.
"Overall we're in a good position after the first round," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "It was pretty challenging weather-wise today with the winds picking up out here throughout the day. Ethan played pretty well just had a couple of bad swings on number five that that led to the quad but he rebounded quickly with a great birdie on the sixth hole. Spencer's round of 69 was a really, really good round. It was a really solid round from Spencer as he was in full command of his game. From the team perspective, it was a key score for us in the first round."