The University of Colorado men’s golf team, after a pedestrian morning round, answered with the school’s third best single round score in the afternoon to sit in a second-place tie through two rounds of the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Chandler, Ariz.
The Buffs, the highest-ranked team in the field at No. 61, own a team score of 14-under par 562, tied with host and No. 90 Wyoming and trailing Sam Houston State by four shots.
Colorado was in eighth place after Monday’s first round with a 4-over 290 score, but came out on fire in the second round, making the turn at 11-under and finishing with a 16-under 272. That was CU’s second best single round score this season, behind a 271 at Air Force last September, and tying the school’s third best score ever for 18 holes.
Junior Jeremy Paul is tied for second after carding a 7-under-par 69-68—137 effort on the 7,334-yard, par-72 Cattail Courte at Whirlwind Golf Club. He had a team-high 11 birdies, which were also the third-most in the 109-man field, and 21 pars as he had just four bogeys for the entire day.
Sophomore John Souza, playing in his native Phoenix area, opened with a 75 but came back with eight birdies in the second round, tying for the most by a Buff in a single round this season, en route to his collegiate best 6-under 66. It all added up to a 3-under 141, which has him tied for 12th. The 66 matched CU’s best single round in relation to par this season and tied the second lowest gross score.
Freshman Ross Macdonald had a solid 72-69—141 performance, also tying him for 12th.
“It was a tale of two rounds,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said. “We got off to a pretty good start this morning, things were going really well, but we just didn’t finish it out. I’m really proud of how we came back in the afternoon. John and Ross really responded, especially with Philip having an off day.”
1. Sam Houston State 280-278—558; 2. COLORADO 290-272—562; 2. Wyoming 276-286—562; 4. Western Kentucky 286-285—571 ; 5. William & Mary 287-288—575; 6. UC Santa Barbara 287-289—576; 7. Arizona 291-286—577 ; 7. Utah 286-291—577; 9. Wichita State 291-289—580; 9. Utah State 296-284—580;
11. Gonzaga 286-295—581; 11. Grand Canyon 291-290—581; 11. Weber State 295-286—581; 14. Idaho 298-285—583; 15. San Francisco 296-294—590; 16. Southern Utah 298-293—591; 17. CSU-Northridge 301-291—592; 18. Air Force 299-294—593; 18. Houston Baptist 293-300—593
BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS (*—playing as an individual)
T2. Jeremy Paul 69-68—137; T12. John Souza 75-66—141; T12. Ross Macdonald 72-69—141; T20. Ethan Freeman 74-69—143; T77. *Pierce Aichinger 76-74—150; T83. Philip Juel-Berg 76-75—151; T97. *Wilson Belk 85-69—154; T106. *Kade Crossland 84-75—159
TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS
1. Jake McCrory, SHS 66-68—134; T2. Jeremy Paul, Colorado 69-68—137; T2. Brandon Dauman, UCSB 67-70—137; T4. Jordan Gumberg, Arizona 68-70—138; T4. Kamrin Allen, Wyoming 67-71—138
CU women slip to fifth
The University of Colorado women’s golf team fell three places in the second round of the Silverado Showdown on Monday and is in fifth place heading into the final day of competition in Napa, Calif.
The Buffaloes shot 301 or 13-over par and have a 591 two-day total. Despite falling in the standings, Colorado is in solid position to move up in the final round as only six strokes separate second and fifth place. The Buffs had a strong start to their round as the four golfers who counted toward the team’s score combined to shoot 1-over par through the first nine holes, however the back side was tough with the Buffs shooting 12-over par as a group on the 6,206-yard, par 72 Silverado Resort North Course.
“We had a rough back nine that ate us up, said Colorado head coach Anne Kelly. “The hole locations were more difficult and conditions were a bit tougher with the greens drying out as the day went on. It’s unfortunate we didn’t play as well today, but I think if we have a solid round tomorrow we can definitely move up.”
No. 11 Stanford remains in first place, extending its lead to 14 strokes after recording a 3-under par, 285 in the second round and is 5-under par through 36 holes. Oregon, a tournament co-host along with CU, shot 292 on Monday and is in second place at 9-over par (585).
Junior Natalie Vivaldi anchored the Buffs in the second round as she shot an even-par 72 for the second consecutive day and in the process climbed into a fifth place tie—up four places from ninth place where she started the day. Vivaldi had an all-around solid performance, recording 15 pars and a pair of birdies to one double-bogey.
Junior Esther Lee is one stroke behind Vivaldi at 1-over par for the tournament and tied for 11th place. She also shot a 72 on Monday and rebounded late in her round to close the day at even-par. Lee was 1-under par until a rare triple-bogey on the par 3, 15th hole, which moved her to 2-over par. She quickly responded however, going birdie-birdie-par on the final three holes to bring her back to an even-par round.
1. Stanford 286-285—571; 2. Oregon 293-292—585; 3. Pepperdine 294-294—588; 4. California 300-289—589; 5. COLORADO 290-301—591; 6. LSU 293-299—592; T7. Ohio State 301-292—593; T7. San Diego State; 307-286—593; 9. Minnesota 303-292—595; 10. Louisville 294-303—597;
11. UC Davis 301-297—598; 12. Wisconsin 300-305—605; 13. New Mexico 301-306—607; 14. San Francisco 301-307—608; 15. Long Beach State 311-298—609; 16. San Jose State 305-305—610; 17. Gonzaga 310-301—611; 18. Nebraska 315-311—626
T5. Natalie Vivaldi 72-72—144; T11. Esther Lee 73-72—145; T38. Brittany Fan; 71-79—150; T48. Alexis Keating 74-78—152; T78. Gillian Vance 77-80—157; T66. Allie Zech 77-78—155
TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS
1. Lauren Kim, Stanford 70-69—139; 2. Cathleen Santoso, Oregon 67-73—140; 3. Casey Danielson, Stanford 72-69—141; 4. Emma Henrikson, San Diego State 75-67—142; T5. Laura Restrepo, Louisville 72-72—144; T5. Hira Naveed, Pepperdine 71-73—144; T5. Kassidy Teare, Long Beach State 71-73—144; T5. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford 72-72—144; T5. Natalie Vivaldi, Colorado 72-72—144; T5. Bianca Pagdanganan, Gonzaga; 74-70—144.
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