The Colorado men’s golf team has five of its members playing individually this week, four in Fort Collins for the Colorado State Ram Masters Invitational that began Monday, and the fifth, Jeremy Paul, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, at the World Amateur Team Championships.
Buffs freshman Victor Bjorlow is tied for 21st individually in the CSU meet after turning in a 3-over 143 on the 7,218-yard, par-70 Fort Collins Country Club course. That was one of 10 subpar rounds in the afternoon in the 100-man field.
Bjorlow had an eagle, a birdie and a single bogey to go with 15 pars en route to a second-round 68.
Teammate Ryan Schmitz turned in a second-round 72 after opening with a 76. The senior stands tied for 52nd.
Freshman Jack Li, who’s tied for 64th, and junior Kade Crossland (t-71st) rounded out the Buffs’ contingent.
Air Force’s Sunwoo Choi is the individual leader through two rounds at 5-under 13. Wichita State and Air Force are tied for the team lead at 3-over 563.
The event concludes today.
Colorado State Ram Masters
CU individual scores
T21. Victor Bjorlow 75-68 — 143
T52. Ryan Schmitz 76-72 — 148
T64. Jack Li 77-74 — 151
T71. Kade Crossland — 79-73 — 152
Paul, a senior, is on the Germany team in the WATC. The first of four rounds begin Wednesday on the Iberostar Playa Paraiso and Mayakoba El Camaleon golf course, both just outside of Cancun.
Paul, who has set numerous school records in his first three years for the Buffaloes, is currently the 111th-ranked amateur in the world. Among his many marks was a 70.67 stroke average last season, which shattered the previous record by nearly a full stroke.
Players from 71 countries, including the defending champion U.S., are competing in the 72-hole tournament, which runs through Saturday. Teams are comprised of either two or three players, with the two lowest scores counting toward the daily team total. Several of the nation’s top collegians participate in representing their native country; Paul is believed to be the first CU player to do so in the 29-year history of the event, in which competition takes place every other year.