Colorado men’s golf produced five top-six finishers to go with winning the team title Tuesday in the Ballyneal Challenge, a one-day season-opening tournament the Buffaloes hosted at the Ballyneal Golf Club.

With an even mix of veterans and newcomers, Colorado turned in a 17-under par team score of 551, cruising to the win over Wyoming (578) and Northern Colorado (589).

The Buffs were led by junior Yannik Paul, who carded a pair of 66s on the par-71, 7,131-yard configuration to finish 10 under. Paul, the 151st-ranked amateur in the world, finished five strokes ahead of teammate Ethan Freeman, who took second.

“It was a great start to the season for the team,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said. “I’m very happy with the results today overall. Yannik was outstanding, he played some really good golf; it would have been good anywhere, but out here on this course, it’s especially good. He drove the ball well and hit a lot of really good approach shots into the greens.

Colorado’s Spencer Painton and true freshman Morten Toft Hansen tied for third place at 2 under, while senior Jeremy Paul shot even to take sixth.


Team scores

1. Colorado 274-277—551

2. Wyoming 292-286—578

3. N. Colorado 296-293—589

Individual scores

1. Yannik Paul, CU 66-66—132

2. Ethan Freeman, CU 69-68—137

t3. *Morten Toft Hansen, CU 71-69—140

t3. Spencer Painton, CU 70-70—140

t3. Glenn Workman, UW 70-70—140

6. Jeremy Paul, CU 69-73—142

7. Joshua Matz, UNC 72-71—143

t8. Sam Marley, UNC 74-70—144

t8. *Andrew Romano, UNC 69-75—144

t8. Ryan Wallen, UW 73-71—144

11. *John Murdock, UW 72-73—145

t12. *Wilson Belk, CU 73-73—146

t12. Arron Lickteig, UW 75-71—146

14. John Souza, CU 74-73—147

t15. Drew McCullough, UW 74-74—148

t15. *Ryan Schmitz, CU 78-70—148

t15. Coby Welch, UNC 73-75—148

18. *Kade Crossland, CU 70-80—150

19. *Dan Starzinski, UW 74-78—152

20. Philip Lee, UNC 77-77—154

t21. *Victor Bjorlow, CU 78-77—155

t21. Quintin Pope, UW 78-77—155

23. *Jack Li, CU 77-79—156

24. Li Chen, UNC 79-79—158

25. *Cole Bundy, UW 79-85—164

(*—competed as an individual)