There was one train of thought that the bleak, rain-wind-and-probably snow forecast for Friday's opening rounds of the Pac-12 Conference men's golf championship might at least be slightly advantageous to those teams accustomed to such conditions.
For Oregon and Washington, that proved to be the case. Unfortunately for the Colorado Buffaloes it proved to be an uneven day as the tournament hosts at the Boulder Country Club, with the Buffs finishing the first round in sixth-place.
Somewhat surprisingly, Friday's scheduled two rounds were nearly completed in full despite a half-hour frost delay at the day's start, another half hour weather delay early in the afternoon, and miserable conditions that worsened throughout the afternoon.
The last few holes of the second round as well as the third round remains set tentatively to begin Saturday morning at 10 a.m., but that will be reassessed by tournament organizers. At least three full rounds need to be completed before the tournament can be declared official.
"I'm pretty happy with how much golf we were able to play total," CU coach Roy Edwards said. "You really have to have a lot of mental toughness. There were three different wind conditions today, which is just kind of golf in Colorado in the spring time. You've got to stay in it. You can't get too high or too low. There are a lot of great bogeys in weather like this and not making them a worse score. That's a key in playing in weather like this."
While Oregon and Washington set the pace in the team standings through the first round, it was CU junior Yannik Paul who turned in the best round for the Buffs on Friday, carding a 1-over par 71 in the first round before conditions began to steadily worsen. Paul struggled in the second round, completing the day with a plus-six 76 as the winds grew stronger and the mist slowly morphed to sleet.
CU's Ethan Freeman also turned in a solid opening day, completing the first round with a 2-over-par 72 while sitting at even par with two holes still remaining in his second round.
"It was definitely tough out there but I like the challenges," Paul said. "The first round I played solid. Then the second round I just played so bad. It had nothing to do with the weather. It's just how it goes at the moment. We'll see if we can play (Saturday) but it was definitely my putting. Especially in that kind of weather you just need to make those 6-footers for the momentum, and I couldn't make one of them.
"That was kind of frustrating, but I'm trying to stay patient and hopefully have a couple good rounds coming in the next couple days."
Among players who completed both rounds, USC's Rico Hoey sits atop the leaderboard with an even-par 140 that was powered by a two-under 68 in the second round. Stanford's Franklin Huang is one shot behind the pace followed by Collin Morikawa from Cal.
3.Stanford 363-363—726 (+26)
T4.Southern California 366 365—731 (+31)
T4.California 367-364—731 (+31)
8.Arizona State 362-(+24)—(+36)
9.Arizona 368-373—741 (+41)
10.Washington State 373-(+23)—(+46)
11.Oregon State 376-376—752 (+52)
12.Utah 379-377—756 (+56)
Rico Hoey, Southern California 72-68—140
Franklin Huang, Stanford 72-69—141
Collin Morikawa, California 74-68—142
Edwin Yi, Oregon 70-74—144
Spencer Painton, Colorado 73-72—145
*Brad Reeves, Arizona 72-73—145
*Blake Wagoner, Arizona State 77-68—145
Tyler Collier, UCLA 70-75—145
Cole Madey, UCLA 72-73—145
Walker Huddy, California 72-74—146
Finigan Tilly, California 73-73—146
David Laskin, Arizona 72-74—146
Ryan Gronland, Oregon 70-76—146
Kyosuka Hara, Oregon State 74-72—146
Jonah Texeira, Southern California 74-72—146
Frank Garber, Washington 72-74—146
Bradley Knox, Stanford 70-76—146
Brandon Wu, Stanford 76-71—147
Yannik Paul, Colorado 71-76—147
Norman Xiong, Oregon 72-75—147
Kevin Geniza, Oregon 73-74—147
Sean Yu, California 73-75—148
Cheng Jin, Southern California 75-73—148
Sean Crocker, Southern California 73-75—148
Maverick McNealy, Stanford 71-77—148
Corey Shaun, UCLA 73-75—148
Isaiah Salinda, Stanford 75-73—148
Viraat Badhwar, Stanford 75-74—149
Brian Mogg, Washington State 75-74—149
Patrick Murphy, UCLA 74-75—149
Jordan Gumberg, Arizona 71-78—149
Sulman Raza, Oregon 79-70—149
Ethan Marcus, Arizona 77-73—150
Jino Sohn, Arizona State 73-77—150
Tanner Hughes, California 75-75—150
John Souza, Colorado 75-75—150
Justin Suh, Southern California 72-78—150
Phil Delisi, UCLA 76-74—150
Grant Cole, Washington State 74-76—150
Peyton Hastings, Utah 74-77—151
Wilson Belk, Colorado 79-72—151
George Cunningham, Arizona 76-75—151
Trevor Yu, Oregon State 77-74—151
Jonas Liebich, Oregon State 78-73—151
Jordan Costello, Utah 75-77—152
William Aldred, California 78-74—152
Tobias Eden, Arizona State 73-80—153
Victor Bjorlow, Colorado 77-76—153
Daniel List, Washington 72-81—153
Nathan Wunderli, Utah 77-76—153
Mitchell Schow, Utah 79-74—153
Gentry Hicks, Utah 80-73—153
Kevin Murphy, Oregon State 75-78—153
Shawn Lu, Oregon State 72-82—154
Andrew Levitt, Southern California 78-77—155
Nick Mandell, Washington State 77-78—155
Kyler Dunkle, Utah 74-81—155
Kevin Kwon, Washington 79-78—157
Dylan Stein, Arizona 80-79—159
Calum Hill, Oregon State 80-79—159