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CU golfers open season with convincing win at Air Force

USAFA, Colo. — The University of Colorado men’s golf team, one stroke out of the lead at the start of the day, rallied to pull away with a five-shot win in Colorado Springs Sunday as the 50th annual Gene Miranda-Air Force Falcon Invitational came to a close.

The Buffaloes won with a 9-under par 855 score, recording a 1-under 287 in the final round, while second-round leader Wyoming shot 5-over par in its final 18 to finish with an 860 total. UC Davis, which shot the best score Sunday (5-under 283), vaulted into a third place finish (861), with host Air Force (862) and New Mexico State (863) rounding out the top five.

It’s the seventh time that the Buffaloes have won the Falcon, the first time since back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2012; CU had finished second or third on two occasions each since.

In addition, it’s the fourth time in program history that Colorado won its first tournament of the season, to go with the 1983 Wyoming Invitational, CU’s own Mark Simpson invite in 2011 and the 2012 AFA meet.

Colorado has now won at least one major tournament for eight consecutive seasons, adding to its school record.

“It feels really good to win the first competition of the year and to also have the medalist,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said. “What I was most proud of is how the guys competed and how they executed our plan, which was how to play the Eisenhower course very disciplined, especially in where to place the ball. We had only two double bogeys among our starting five, which means we did a good job of minimizing our mistakes.”

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