The Colorado men's golf team rebounded with the third-best score in the final round of the Bandon Dunes (Ore.) Championship on Tuesday, but it wasn't enough to make a move as the Buffaloes finished fourth.
No. 8-ranked Oregon started and finished with double-digit rounds under par in running away with the tournament, as the Ducks finished 28-under par with a team score of 836. No. 9 Texas Tech held off No. 87 Oregon State and the Buffaloes to finish second with a 7-under 857 score. The Beavers moved up by shooting the second-best score in the final round (a 4-under 284), and were one back of the Red Raiders and were two ahead of CU.
Colorado, ranked 21st, wrapped things up with 3-under 285 score for an 860 overall score (4-under) in finishing fourth. It was the ninth time in as many tournaments that the Buffaloes posted a top five finish, a school record besting eight top five finishes in 1992-93 and 2013-14. No. 12 Texas A&M rounded out the top five with an 869 score, and CU also earned another Top 25 win with No. 23 Auburn finishing in ninth.
"Overall, a solid tournament," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "Today was a much better day than yesterday, so even though we finished in the same spot, we were solo in fourth and played pretty well overall. We beat some good teams in the process."
Senior Jeremy Paul led the Buffaloes in tying for sixth individually with a 5-under 211 scorecard, as he finished with an even-par effort Tuesday for the tournament on the 6,893-yard, par-72 Old MacDonald Course layout. He was a model of consistency all week, leading the Buffs with 13 birdies along with 33 pars against eight bogeys. He tied for the sixth-most birdies in the 90-man field.
Junior Yannik Paul tied for 14th after recording one of just seven scores in the 60s in the final round, as his 3-under 69 pushed him to 1-under 215 overall. He recorded CU's fourth-bogey free round this year with three birdies and 15 pars to wrap things up here, and also tied for fourth for pars in the meet (38) and for sixth in par-4 scoring, playing those holes collectively at 1-under for the week.
Senior Ethan Freeman fashioned a 1-under 71 for a 219 overall total (3-over), which tied him for 26th place. He had four birdies and 11 pars against three bogeys, with his 37 pars for the week the sixth-most in the field. He ended his day with a birdie on the par-3 5th to get into red numbers.
Junior John Souza tied for 42nd after carding a second straight 1-over 73, finishing up with a 7-over 222 score. He was within one stroke of par all week, as he had nine birdies, 30 pars and 15 bogeys, with two, 13 and three of each respectively Tuesday.
Junior Spencer Painton had an "all over the map" kind of day to end his play here, though when things settled, he fired a 3-over 75 for an eight over 224, which placed him 50th. Starting on No. 8, he would go four-over par after five holes, but eventually got back down to even, thanks to birdies on Nos. 5 and 6. But on his last hole, he scored a triple bogey 7 to end his afternoon. He had a team-high birdies Tuesday but offset those with three bogeys, a double and that triple. He had CU's best score in the first round with a 3-under 69.