CU men’s golf conquers home invitational once again

Mark Simpson-Colorado Invitational sees Buffs fire record scores

ERIE — The Colorado men’s golf team came out firing on all cylinders Tuesday and made a few entries in the school’s record book as the Buffaloes captured its own 10th Annual Mark Simpson-Colorado Invitational. With all five designated scorers finishing in the top 20, the Buffaloes posted a tournament single-round record score of 15-under par 273, and their total for the tournament was also a record 35-under 829.

Grand Canyon took runner-up honors with an 839 score, followed by Wyoming (844), CSU-Fullerton (845) and Texas-Arlington (846) to round out the top five.

Senior Daniel O’Loughlin shared medalist honors with two others, as he closed with a 4-under 68 for a 12-under 204 total on the 7,703-yard, par-72 Colorado National Golf Club course layout.  He birdied his last two holes to pull even with Grand Canyon’s Michael Salazar and CSU-Fullerton’s Jack Dyer; Salazar birdied the first playoff hole while the other two scored par to lay claim to the trophy for medalists as all three count it as a victory in college golf.

“My game was really, really good all three rounds, my long game especially good,” O’Loughlin said.  “For the most part, I gave myself a lot of chances, though today, I felt like I didn’t give myself that many the first 12 or 13 holes.  I was really pleased with how I finished today, with the three birdies on the last four holes (Nos. 15, 17, 18).”

Senior Ross Macdonald shot his career-best single round score of 66, thanks to seven birdie and 11 pars, enabling him to move up 11 spots in the standings into a tie for eighth with an 8-under 208 total.  He also played the par-5s well at 6-under combined, tying him for third-best in the 72-man field, and closed strong with a 32 on the back nine.

Macdonald equaled O’Loughlin’s birdie total of 16, tying for the fourth-most in the field.

Sophomore John Paterson tied for 17th place after fashioning a final round 70, which gave him a career-best 211 for 54 holes.   He played steady Tuesday, with three birdies and a team-high 14 pars, with his 39 pars tied for the third-most overall. Junior Cole Krantz and redshirt freshman Adam Matteson tied for 20th, finishing with 3-under 213 scores.  Matteson carded a final round 69, matching his collegiate-best round, while Krantz wrapped things up with a 74.