The Colorado men's golf team opened the fall portion of its 2017-18 season Friday with an excellent first round in the 49th Annual Gene Miranda-Air Force Falcon Invitational at Air Force Academy.

The Buffaloes and Wyoming are tied for second with a 4-under team score of 284, two shots back of Colorado State (282, minus-6). Texas-El Paso is fourth (285, minus-5), with No. 14 UNLV rounding out the top five (2-under 286). A dozen schools are within 12 shots of the lead.

Yannik Paul opened up his senior year with a 5-under 67, as he recorded seven birdies and nine pars against two bogeys. In closing his day with four birdies over his last six holes, he posted his 40th subpar round (22nd in the 60s) out of 107 played. He's gunning for his 14th tournament under par overall and his second career win as he is tied for the lead on Air Force's 7,511-yard, par-72 Eisenhower Blue Golf Course.

Sophomore transfer Daniel O'Loughlin turned in a 2-under 70 for his first round as a Buffalo, which has him tied for seventh. Arriving in Boulder this summer from McNeese State where he was the Southland's Conference player of the year, he had a steady day with five birdies and 10 pars against three bogeys. Even through 12 holes, he scored three birds in a row to get into red numbers.

Sophomore Ross Macdonald, competing in his first collegiate event in over a year after redshirting last season, resumed him Buff career with a 1-over 73. Tied for 39th, he was tripped up a bit by a triple bogey on the 610-yard, par-5 16th, but he kept his focus and birdied two of his final four holes to get back to plus-1. He otherwise had five birdies and nine pars with three bogeys.


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Colorado's other two designated scorers, seniors Spencer Painton and John Souza, are both tied for 55th with 2-over 74 totals. Painton came in at the No. 1 position after team qualifying and did score four birdies and eight pars, but had six bogeys on his round, while Souza scored a pair of eagles on the par-5 5th and 11th holes, the fourth and fifth of his CU career as he was the only player to score two in the first round.

Three players are competing here individually, including CU's two true freshmen recruits, both of whom fared well in their first collegiate rounds. One, Trevor Olkowski, likely performed a rarity as, starting on No. 10 as the entire team did, he started his career by birdying his first three holes, two par-4's sandwiched around a par-5 as he would card an even-par 72, tying him for 24th. He had five birdies and nine pars with three bogeys and a double to start of his collegiate play.

CU's Cole Krantz also turned in a 2-over 74, as he had two birdies and 12 pars against four bogeys. He opened up with a bogey but was resilient enough to rebound with a birdie right away. He spent much of his round hovering between two- and three-over par, but also closed his day on No. 9 with his second birdie.

Rounding out the CU contingent was sophomore Victor Bjorlow, who is tied for 66th after fashioning a 3-over 75; he had three birdies and nine pars against six bogeys.

CU INDIVIDUALS

T1. Yannik Paul ... 33-34—67

T7. DAniel O'Loughlin ... 34-36—70

T24. Trevor Olkowski* ... 36-36—72

T39. Ross Macdonald ... 34-39—73

T55. Spencer Painton ... 36-38—74

T55. John Souza ... 37-37—74

T55. Cole Krantz* ... 36-38—74

T66. Victor Bjorlow* ... 37-38—75

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS

T1. Yannik Paul, Colorado ... 33-34—67

T1. Andrew Romano, UNC ... 31-36—67

T1. John Murdock, Wyoming ... 33-34—67

T1. Andy Hess, Utah State ... 31-36—67

5. Max Oelfke, Colorado State ... 31-37—68

TEAM SCORES

1. Colorado State ........................ 282

2. COLORADO ............................ 284

2. Wyoming ................................ 284

4. Texas-El Paso ......................... 285

5. UNLV ....................................... 286

6. Northern Colorado ................. 287

7. New Mexico State .................. 289

8. Air Force .................................. 290

9. Weber State ............................ 291

T10. Utah ......................................... 292

T10. Utah Valley State .................... 292

T10. Utah State ............................... 292

13. Abilene Christian .................... 293

14. Northern Iowa ......................... 294

15. Texas State ............................. 295

16. Drake ....................................... 297

17. SIU-Edwardsville .................... 301

18. Southern Utah ........................ 304

19. George Washington ............... 306