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CU Buffs’ Daniel O’Loughlin earns berth in NCAA golf regionals

University of Colorado senior Daniel O’Loughlin earned an individual berth into the NCAA Men’s Golf Regionals, but will play solo as the Buffaloes as a team missed qualifying.

O’Loughlin will compete in the Albuquerque regional, set for May 17-19 at the University of New Mexico’s Championship Golf Course.  He has played the course three times as a Buff in UNM’s Tucker Invitational, where he has averaged 72.67 strokes for nine rounds, with his best finish a tie for ninth in 2019 (214, -2).

He is in second go-round as a senior, which many have tagged as being a “super senior” due to the extra year of eligibility the NCAA granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  He will graduate tomorrow from CU with a degree in Geography.  In the Pac-12 honors that will be released later this week, he earned second-team All-Conference accolades from the league coaches.

The NCAA utilized the GolfStat rankings to select 51 at-large teams (there are 30 conference champions as automatic qualifiers) and 45 individuals to participate in six regionals across the country; the Buffs were ranked No. 79 in those rankings.  Northwestern was the lowest-ranked team (65th) to earn a bid.

Since the inception of the regionals in 1989, Colorado has qualified as a team on 22 occasions and will now have sent an individual six times; O’Loughlin is the first individual to be selected twice.  He tied for 46th two years ago in Pullman, Wash., turning in a 68-75-79—212 score (2-over par).  He is looking to become the first Buff selected individually to advance to the NCAA Finals; to do so, he needs to be the highest finisher either not attached to one of the five advancing teams as well as defeat four other invited individuals also competing.

“It’s a tremendous honor for Daniel to be selected to play in a regional,” said CU head coach Roy Edwards.  “It will be awesome to see a great career continue.  We were just outside of being selected as a team, so it’s great to see Daniel represent us to go and compete in the NCAA’s.   It should be a great course for him, it takes a lot of knowledge to play that course well.   While we’re disappointed to not make it as a team, Daniel is in a great position to play well and go on a good run.”

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