The University of Colorado men’s golf team recorded another spectacular second round score on the same course it set a school mark on a year ago, but remained in third place after Saturday’s play in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif.
California, ranked 15th in the nation, not only maintained but expanded its lead with a 14-under 274 score, giving the Bears a 27-under 549 total through 36 holes. No. 9 Texas Tech held on to second with a 12-under 564 score, but the No. 52 Buffaloes are on the Red Raiders’ heels with an 11-under 565 total. No. 21 UCLA and No. 36 Kansas are tied for a distant fourth, both with 3-over 579 tallies.
In matching its third-best single round score of the ’17-18 season, Colorado tied a school record for the most consecutive rounds under par with seven, done once previously during the 2013-14 season. All five rounds in the spring have been in red numbers, and the season count for rounds of par or better now stands at 14, two shy of the school mark. In the second round on this same course in 2017, Colorado scored a school record 22-under 266.
Unlike Friday when the Buffaloes got off to a slow start, Saturday was a completely different story as CU was 9-under at the turn. The four scoring for the team had a collective eagle, eight birdies and 26 pars with just one bogey on their 36 holes, setting the stage for a duel for second place throughout the day with Texas Tech.
Senior John Souza continued to pace the Buffalo attack, as he shot a 3-under 69 in the second round on the 7,322-yard, par-72 Classic Club course layout; that improved him to 5-under 139 for the meet, tying him for ninth. It’s one shy of his career-best through 36 holes, and he’s done so with a team-best nine birdies and 24 pars against just two bogeys and a double. He’s 8-under for his last 28 holes, with just one bogey in that span.
Senior Yannik Paul matched Souza’s 69 effort and has him a 4-under 140 through two rounds, good for 14th place. He had four birdies and 13 pars with just a single bogey, as he closed his day with nine straight pars on the back side. He’s tied for eighth in field in both par-3 (1-under) and par-4 (2-under) scoring. It was Paul’s 27th round in the 60s and 49th subpar score, both second all-time in the program.
Senior Spencer Painton carded a 1-under 71 and is 1-under for the meet at 143, tying him for 24th. His round was almost identical to Friday’s, with one more birdie (three) and one less par (13) with two bogeys.
Sophomore Daniel O’Loughlin posted CU’s third 69 score of the day, his 11th round of par or better out of 15 this season and his fourth in the 60s, which brought him back to under par for the tournament. At 1-under 143, he is also tied for 24th after scoring an eagle, three birdies and 12 pars against just two bogeys. He scored his first eagle as a Buff on No. 8 (433-yard, par-4) by holing out with a 52-degree wedge shot 119 yards from the pin.
Souza, Painton and O’Loughlin are all 4-under on the par-5s here, tied for seventh-best in the field on holes where eagles have been very rare and par has proven to be a good score much of the time.
Freshman Trevor Olkowski rebounded from an opening round 75 to card an even-par 72, giving him a 3-over 147 total heading into the final round; that has him tied for 45th. He had a steady round Saturday, scoring a birdie and a tourney-high 16 pars with just one bogey, with his 28 pars overall tied for the most in the field.
Three Buffaloes are among 20 players competing here as individuals. Sophomore Victor Bjorlow recorded a second straight 3-over 75, freshman Cole Krantz shot a 5-over 77 with junior Wilson Belk turning in a 7-over 79.