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CU Buffs remain in third place at Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship

The University of Colorado men’s golf team survived golf’s classic “moving day’ Tuesday, holding pat in third place but inching closer to the lead after the third round of the Pac-12 Conference Championship at Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

The Buffaloes posted the third-best score Tuesday, a school-best 8-under 347 that improved their overall total to a 19-under 1,046. That’s just eight back of host Southern California (27-under, 1,038), while Arizona State slipped ahead of the Buffs by registering a 14-under 341 to close 54 holes at 22-under 1,043. California, the league’s highest ranked team at No. 8, holds fourth at 12-under 1,053, while Stanford slipped from second into fifth (1,054).

CU senior Yannik Paul and sophomore Ross Macdonald are tied for fourth individually, as both are in at 8-under par 205, each posting three straight rounds in the 60s here. Paul turned in a 3-under 68 in moving up from seventh place, while Macdonald turned in CU’s low round of the day, a 4-under 67, to move up four spots from a tie for eighth.

Buff senior John Souza matched Paul’s numbers in the third round (five birdies, 11 pars, two bogeys) for his 68, which has him in at 5-under 208 and tied for 12th. He has just five holes worse than par here, and is playing the tough par-3 holes here at 2-under, tied for the best along all competitors. His 38 pars are the ninth-most.

The Buffs are the only team with three players in the top 15, and all are in the top 12.

“Overall we are pleased with the score,” ” CU head coach Roy Edwards said in a school news release. “We played the front nine much better than the first two rounds and then had a nice back nine to finish it off. Yannik, Ross, and John had really nice days.”

Southern Cal’s Justin Suh is the individual leader, as a 6-under 65, tied for the day’s best score, has him pulling away from the pack. He’s in at 16-under par 197 heading into the final round, six shots ahead of Arizona’s George Cunningham (203, -10).