The Colorado men's golf team continued to struggle at "The Goodwin" in Stanford, Calif., on Friday, as the Buffaloes slipped three notches into a tie for 18th place in the second round.
Host and No. 12 Stanford continues to hold the lead with a team score of 4-over par 564, but the Cardinal's seven-shot lead after the first round was shaved down to one. No. 1 Southern California made a charge in posting the best round of the day (an even-par 280) to close to within a single stroke at 565. No. 15 UNLV (573), No. 37 Washington (574) and No. 5 Oregon (577) round out the top five.
No. 18 Colorado is tied for 18th with a 39-over par 599 score, as the Buffs have recorded their two worst scores in relation to par all season over the two days here. A 21-over 301 Friday, just the second 300-plus score Colorado has posted this season, after Thursday's 18-over has led to CU's total.
In the opening round, the Buffs played the front nine at 2-over before ballooning to 16-over on the back nine; Friday, CU opened on No. 10 and the scorers were 4-over at the turn and battling a second straight day of windy conditions as well as anyone. But just two birdies and 13 bogeys and a triple along with a switch in the fourth scorer led to 17 strokes being lost.
Senior Ethan Freeman has CU's best score through two rounds on the 6,727-yard, par-70 Stanford University Golf Course, though he had the high score Friday with a 7-over 77; he is tied for 30th with a 6-over 146 total. He turned at even-par but doubled the par-5 No. 1 hole and bogeyed six of the next eight holes, though he managed to fit a birdie in there. Overall, he had two birdies and eight pars against seven bogeys and a double in the second round, with his eight birdies overall still the team best and tied for fifth in the 126-man field entering the final round.
The next four Buffaloes were all separated by two strokes Friday and by two shots overall.