Colorado’s O’Loughlin fires a 74 in first round of NCAA Southwest Regional


Representing the Colorado Buffaloes at the NCAA Southwest Regional, senior Daniel O’Loughlin got his week started Monday with a round of 74 to put him tied for 40th place at the University of New Mexico’s Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M.

Shooting 2-over-par, O’Loughlin is eight strokes back of leader Jonathan Brightwell of the University of Oklahoma.

O’Loughlin recorded five birdies, six pars and seven bogeys. He was even on the par-3s, 2-under on the par-5s and 4-over on the par-4s.

He opened and closed his day with birdies (Nos. 1 and 18), and had a stretch with five of his bogeys over eight holes.  Sitting at 4-over through 14, he rallied to make birdie on three of the final four holes.

The top five teams and the top individual not from those schools will advance out of six regionals nationwide to the NCAA Finals, slated for May 28-June 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“He didn’t get as much out of his round that he wanted,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “He had a few short game mistakes, but birdying three off the last four was a nice ending to his day.  He played a lot better than his score indicated, and that bodes well for him for the rest of the tournament.  It was windy for most of his back nine, gusts of 15 to 20 miles per hour, but he endured it and hung in there nicely.

“He had a pretty sweet ‘up and down’ from under a tree on No. 18 for that last birdie.”

O’Loughlin has some work to do to be in position for that individual slot. The second round is set for Tuesday; O’Loughlin will again tee off on No. 1 at 9:31 a.m. MDT.  The third and final round is scheduled for Wednesday.