The Colorado men's golf team continued its solid play this spring Sunday at the eighth Annual Bandon Dunes (Ore.) Championship, where the Buffs are tied for second place after one round.
No. 8-ranked Oregon owns the lead after the first round with a 13-under score of 275 after placing three scorers in the top six in the standings. No. 21 Colorado and No. 9 Texas Tech are tied for second at 5-under 283, with No. 23 Auburn one back at 284. Three schools are tied for fifth in the 16-team field, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 71 Georgia State and No 87 Oregon State.
"Overall it was a good day but a little up and down overall," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "We didn't play (holes) 10 through 12 very well, although those are some very hard holes. We did a lot of really good things almost everywhere else however. Spencer (Painton) had a really nice round. It was absolutely perfect weather-wise which is rare here."
Junior Spencer Painton matched his low round of the season with a 3-under 69 on the 6,893-yard, par-72 Old MacDonald Course layout, tying him for sixth in the standings. He had a 32 on the front side and an eagle, four birdies and 10 pars for his round against three bogeys.
Junior Yannik Paul scored a 2-under 70 to open here, tying him for 12th. He had a steady round of three birdies, 14 pars and one bogey (which came on No. 11). He was 1-under on each side and his 14 pars tied him for third-most in the field.
Senior Jeremy Paul, CU's stroke leader at 71.21, essentially shot his average with a 1-under 71, as he scored four birdies and 11 pars against three bogeys to stand tied for 18th. Unfortunately, he ended his day with two of those bogeys (on Nos. 11 and 12), but that almost always fires him up to shoot low in his next round.
Senior Ethan Freeman fashioned a 1-over 73 that has him tied for 37th; he had two birdies and 13 pars against three bogeys, the latter of which all came on the back nine.
Junior John Souza carded a 4-over 76 (tied for 64th) as he had an up-and-down round with three birdies, eight pars and seven bogeys. He actually shot a 33 on the front nine with two birds and seven of the pars, but was 6-over on the back nine.
The second round is set for Monday with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The Buffaloes will be paired with the other leaders, Oregon, Texas Tech and Auburn, and will tee off on holes 1 through 4. The third and final round is scheduled for Tuesday.