The University of Colorado men’s golf team didn’t finish the first round the way it would have liked on Friday, so the Buffaloes took it out on the course and 21 other teams here Saturday in the second round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif.
Colorado turned in a 22-under par 266 score, the best in the nation this season in relation to par as well as shattering the school record by five strokes. CU, ranked 21st by Golfweek and 24th by both the Golf Coaches Association of America and GolfStat, used the effort to post a 19-under score of 557 through two rounds and move into second place behind No. 10 Oregon.
Colorado was able to go low due to four players scoring in 60s in the same round, marking just the fifth time in program history that has occurred. However, the four combined for 22-under par whereas the previous collective best was 17-under in the 2015 Air Force-Miranda Invitational. All four players finished the day in the top 14, the most by any school.
Senior Jeremy Paul was flirting with a school record single round score, as he was 9-under heading into the par-5 18th; he had nine birdies and eight pars at that point and entered this meet as one of the nation’s top par-5 hole players.
Senior Ethan Freeman sizzled from the start, and thanks to five birdies, he scored a 31 on the front nine en route to a 6-under 66; that gave him a 36-hole total of 141 that has him tied for eighth.
Junior John Souza carded 5-under 67 for a 142 total, tying him for 12th.
Junior Yannik Paul was the fourth Buffalo to put up a round in the 60s, as he turned in a 3-under 69 for a 143 total, as he is tied for 14th.