Colorado’s Daniel O’Loughlin moved into a tie for 10th place after the two-round, first day of the Pac-12 Conference men’s golf championships Monday in Santa Rosa, Calif., highlighting an overall rough day for the Buffaloes with two days to go.
CU found itself in 12th place after the 36-hole day at the Mayacama Golf Club, shooting 367-370 to finish 17 strokes off of even-par so far. Arizona State and Arizona took a commanding lead in the event, with the Sun Devils (25-under relative to par) and Wildcats (24-under) appearing to make the team title a two-team race.
The Buffs are within seven shots of eighth place, with Cal, UCLA, Utah and Washington State all equally struggling at the 6,785-yard course.
O’Loughlin, however, is thriving after rounds of 71 and 70 put him at 3-under par and in 10th with four other golfers. His second round included an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole, and four birdies — though four bogeys set him back just a bit.
Adam Mattseon was at 3-over 147 and in 41st place. He bounced back to shoot a 71 in his second round.
While 32 players shot even par or better, Arizona State’s Ryggs Johnston carded rounds of 67 and 66 to take the first-day lead at 11-under. Oregon’s Yuki Moriyama had the low single round of the day with his first-round 65.
The tournament continues tomorrow with a single round of play.