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Golfers Have Near Record Day, Rally For Second

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    Derek Fribbs played a key role in CU's comeback and tied for seventh overall.

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    Golfers Have Near Record Day, Rally For Second

    Release: 04/09/2013 Courtesy: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The University of Colorado men's golf team had quite the final tune-up for the Pac-12 Championship later this month, as the Buffaloes used near-record improvement from one round to the next to jump from seventh into a second place finish in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic here Tuesday.

    Colorado turned in the low round of the wind-shortened tournament, a 6-under 274 for a two round total of 580, second only to Gonzaga, which turned a 275 in the second round for a 574 overall score. CU's team score tied its third-best ever for a single round on a par-70 course, the record (270) set in this very tournament two years ago.

    CU had opened with a 306 score in extremely windy conditions Monday, which forced the cancellation of the second round after a nearly six hour first round, in which only two of the 24 teams in the field broke 300; on Tuesday in much calmer weather, all but one shot better than 300.

    No. 22 St. Mary’s (Calif.) and No. 40 Tulsa tied for third at 582, with Pac-12 rival Arizona fifth at 584. First round leader Wichita State fell to sixth with a 587 count.

    The Buffs, ranked No. 64 by GolfStat and No. 74 by Golfweek, defeated five teams ranked ahead of them and improved their record against Division I competition this season to 96-63. It’s the third time that Colorado has finished either first or second in a tournament five times in a season: in 1980-81, the Buffs won two and had three runner-up efforts as they have done this year, and in 2008-09, CU had one win and four seconds.

    The team’s 32-stroke improvement from one round to the next was the second best in school annals; in the 1985 Air Force Falcon Invitational, the Buffs shot a first round 414 and then a second round 381 for a 33-shot improvement. That was a six player-five scorer tournament; the previous best in the more common five-for-four was 29-strokes in the 2005 PING-Arizona Intercollegiate (312 to 283 between the first and second rounds).

    "A great job by the team today, and any time you shoot the low round of the day in a tournament you are excited,” head coach Roy Edwards said. “To do it in a field of 24 teams and in the final round is particularly satisfying. We didn't play very well yesterday, but the team really battled in very challenging conditions and was in position to shoot a low score."

    All five CU designated scorers improved their scores Tuesday, led by junior Johnny Hayes, who rallied to fire a 1-under 69 after an 85 on Monday – the 16-stroke improvement tied for the fourth largest in CU history, trailing the top best of 18 (John Nyuli in the 1990 Miami-Doral Invitational, when he shot a second round 90 and a final round 72), and two 17 shot make ups (Rick Cramer at the 1989 New Mexico Tucker Invitational and Edward McGlasson in the 2002 Prestige at PGA West).

    Hayes vaulted from 116th place in the standings into a tie for 80th on the 7,133-yard, par-70 Talking Stick North Course layout with his 154, or 14-over par score.

    Senior Jason Burstyn lopped off nine strokes between rounds, with his 76-67--143 (3-over) effort tying him for 10th, as he moved up from 27th. He was among the leaders in par-3 (sixth) and par-4 (14th) scoring. Freshman Philip Juel-Berg did the same, as he fashioned a 79-70--149 scorecard here to tie for 40th, jumping 30 spots; his 25 pars were a team high and tied for the 14th most in the field.

    CU's top finisher was senior Derek Fribbs, who tied for seventh. He had posted CU's best first round score with a 4-over 74, and he managed to shave six strokes off that effort with a 2-under 68 for a 36-hole total of 142. He tied for the third most birdies in the field here with seven, played the two par-5 holes here at 3-under, tied for the best overall, and the 12 par-4 holes here at 4.08 per, sixth best.

    "Jason and Derek played really solid and Johnny did an awesome job of coming back from a poor first round,” Edwards said. “The team should be proud, but we need to continue to work and improve every day leading up to the Pac-12 Championship. We are fortunate to have a great group of guys who I know are very excited to keep getting better."

    Sophomore David Oraee rounded out the CU scorers, finishing with a 77-76--153 (13-over) score, which tied him for 72nd. Redshirt freshman Drew Trujillo played as an individual here, and he tied for 95th (77-79--156).

    UC-Santa Barbara junior Glen Scher captured medalist honors with a 70-68—138, the only player under par in the tournament; there was a four-way tie for second with those players at an even par 140. The average score for 250 rounds here was almost six over par at 75.88, though it dropped from 78.64 to 73.06 between the two rounds.

    The Pac-12 Championships are in three weeks, set for April 29-May 1 at Los Angeles Country Club. Colorado appears to be peaking at the right time: the Buffs are 11-29 this year against Pac-12 opposition, but the bulk of that damage came in three tournaments, including the first two out of the chute this spring where the Buffs were 0-24; CU is 6-1 against league brethren in the last month.

    T 7. Derek Fribbs 74-68--142
    T10. Jason Burstyn 76-67--143
    T40. Philip Juel-Berg 79-70--149
    T72. David Oraee 77-76--153
    T80. John Hayes 85-69--154
    T95. *Drew Trujillo 77-79--156
    1. Glen Scher, UC-Santa Barbara 70-68--138
    T2. Mac McClung, St. Mary’s 75-65--140
    T2. Daniel Engle, Utah 71-69--140
    T2. Logan McCracken, Tulsa 74-66--140
    T2. Jonathan Reyes, St. Mary’s 73-67--140
    1. Gonzaga 299-275--574
    2. COLORADO 306-274--580
    3. Tulsa 305-277--582
    3. St. Mary’s, Calif. 306-276--582
    5. Arizona 301-283--584
    6. Wichita State 294-293--587
    7. Utah 308-280--588
    8. Old Dominion 304-288--592
    9. Colorado State 316-277--593
    9. Idaho 312-281--593
    11. Kansas State 303-292--595
    12. UC-Riverside 309-287--596
    13. Wyoming 311-288--599
    14. Boise State 310-291--601
    14. Hawai’i 307-294--601
    14. UC-Santa Barbara 308-293--601
    17. Air Force 311-291--602
    18. Northern Colorado 314-289--603
    18. Nevada 321-282--603
    20. Weber State 312-292--604
    21. Santa Clara 313-296--609
    22. Utah State 322-292--614
    23. Texas-El Paso 310-305--615
    24. CSU-Northridge 324-297--621

    from cubuffs.com

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