PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Colorado men's golf team stayed in the mix against one of the most competitive fields they will see this year, but did slip five spots into a tie for 10th Friday after the second round of the 50th edition of Stanford's "The Goodwin" was completed.
Host and No. 31 Stanford took over the team lead, standing at 2-under 558 with one round remaining. No. 6 Southern California moved up a notch into second, but trail by seven shots with a 5-over 565. No. 9 Cal (566), No. 4 Oklahoma (568) and first round leader, No. 80 Washington (569) round out the top five.
The Buffaloes, ranked No. 84 nationally, hung around in the top five through most of the second round, with the four players contributing to the team score just 2-over through 10 holes. But birdies were scarce down the stretch as CU eventually finished with a 12-over 292 team score for the day, which gave the Buffs a 19-over total of 579, the same as San Jose State.
There are 14 top-50 schools competing in the field, and the Buffs are ahead of six of those top 50 squads after 36 holes.
Junior Daniel O'Loughlin continues to pace the Buffaloes; he stands at 1-over 141 which has him tied for 15th. The Buffs' leader in birdies on the year (88), he wasn't able to record one Friday on the recently renovated 6,758-yard, par-70
Freshman John Paterson carded a 5-over 75 for a 146 total (6-over), which has him tied for 47th. Freshman Kristoffer Max fashioned a 1-over 71, CU's best individual effort of the day, to stand at 8-over 148 through two rounds. It matched his best second round score of the year, and his six-stroke improvement was his second-best from the first to second rounds this season. He had a team-high four birdies with nine pars Friday against five bogeys.
Junior Ross Macdonald couldn't get a lot going in firing a 10-over 80, which put him at 12-over 152, tying him for 98th. Sophomore Trevor Olkowski shaved some 12 strokes off his first round effort, rallying to shoot a 2-over 72 for a 16-over 156 score through 36 holes
"Today was a grind. I was really proud of how the team competed," head coach Roy Edwards said. "Kristoffer had a nice round and Trevor had a really nice comeback. The course is playing hard and the guys really managed their games well.
"If we can come out tomorrow, play well and post a good score, that would secure a good, solid finish," he added. "There are a lot of good teams around us in the standings, so it will be an exciting final round."