PALM DESERT, Calif. — The University of Colorado men's golf team begins play Friday in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, and the Buffs are looking for a good performance to crack the nation's top 20 for the first time in the spring in 17 years. The Buffaloes enter this event ranked No. 21 by Golfweek and No. 24 by both GolfStat and the Golf Coaches Association of America's Coaches' Poll, CU's first regular season appearance in the latter in over 25 years. Colorado is 73-14-2 against Division I competition this season, including a 7-8 record against top 25 teams, the 14th-best mark in the nation. The Buffs have finished in the top five in all seven tournaments and are gunning for a record-tying eighth this weekend in trying to match CU's 1992-93 and 2013-14 squads. CU has also recorded a school-best seven straight rounds under par. The field for the tournament is stronger than it has been in recent years, with four top 35 and eight top 100 schools competing, including No. 5 Texas Tech, No. 10 Oregon and No. 32 Kansas along with the No. 21 Buffaloes. CU and Oregon are two of just three "northern" or "cold weather" schools in this week's top 25, joined only by No. 3 Illinois. ... Play begins with an 8:00 a.m. MST shotgun; the Buffs are paired with TCU (No. 66), Gonzaga and Texas-Arlington in Friday's first round. Colorado arrived here last Saturday and has had a full week of practice in the Arizona sun. Continue reading... _______________________________________________________________________ Live leader board looks to be available at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=11242 .