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Golfers Victorious At Bandon Dunes Championship

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  1. cmgoods

    cmgoods Olympic Sports Mod Club Member

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    It was the first time we've beaten a top 5 team since 2004 and the first time against a top 3 team since 1994. Congratulations!!!

    Bandon champs: Drew Trujillo, Jason Burstyn, Jon Levy (asst. coach), Roy Edwards (coach), Philip Juel-Berg, David Oraee, Derek Fribbs.

    Photo Courtesy: CUBuffs.com
    Golfers Victorious At Bandon Dunes Championship

    Release: 03/10/2013 Courtesy: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information

    BANDON, Ore. - There's something to be said about consistency, and the University of Colorado men's golf team turned in one of its finest performances of the year in winning the Bandon Dunes Championship here Sunday.

    The Buffaloes had four players finish in the top 17 in recording a 2-under par 862 team score, the only one in the 17-team field that was under par as CU posted two of its best single round scores this season the last two days to earn the win. Colorado spent the entire tournament in either first or second, and was never out of the lead the final 30 holes.

    The Buffs, ranked No. 79 this week, defeated eight teams ranked ahead of them in going from worst to first in consecutive tournaments for the first time in program history; two weeks ago, CU was 15th out of as many teams in The Prestige at PGA West. That accomplishment topped the 1998-98 team, which opened the spring with a 17th place finish out of 18 teams in the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate but bounced back to win the Southwest Classic its next time out.

    It was Colorado's second major tournament win of the season, as the Buffs won the Air Force Falcon Invitational last September, and also enabled CU to climb back over the .500 mark against Division I teams, improving to 58-52. CU's last spring tournament victories came in 2008, with wins in both the Louisiana Classics and the Ohio State Kepler Intercollegiate.

    Fresno State zoomed into second place, but still finished five shots behind the Buffaloes (867) despite playing the last six holes at 11-under par. No. 3 Washington also turned in a 9-under par final round but couldn't catch CU in taking third with an 873 score. Rounding out the top five were No. 49 Oregon (874) and No. 14 SMU (882).

    It was CU's first win over a Top 5 team since 2004, when it won the Western Intercollegiate over No. 4 Georgia Tech, and its first against a team ranked third or higher since the 1994 NCAA Central Regional, when the Buffaloes finished second, one spot ahead of No. 1 Oklahoma State.

    "The credit really goes to the guys, they did a phenomenal job," Colorado head coach Roy Edwards said. "Even though we finished where we did in Palm Springs, we played better (than in the spring opener at Hawai'i), we just had too many big numbers. From that standpoint, I definitely saw improvement. The guys were motivated to come out and compete this week and prove that they're a good team and we definitely did that."

    This is just the fourth time in program history that the Buffaloes have won two major tournaments in the same season, and the first time they have one at least one in both the fall and spring seasons. Three of the four times have happened under Edwards, who is in his seventh year as head coach.

    "I know the guys have been working on being more consistent, being generally smarter than they had been with their play," Edwards said. "We were never too high or too low, the guys were calm this morning and they expected to do well, despite the last couple of tournaments."

    How consistent was CU this weekend? For the 15 rounds combined (270 holes), the five Buffaloes combined for only five double bogeys, zero in the last 179 holes, and no scores worse; they had 50 birdies and 53 bogeys in playing a season-best 79 percent of the holes at par or better.

    Senior Jason Burstyn paced the Buffaloes for the seventh time in nine tournaments this season, closing with a second 1-under 71 on the 6,859-yard, par-72 Old Macdonald Course, giving him a 2-under 214 which tied for third, four strokes out of the lead. He flirted with medalist honors early after birdying two of his first five holes and went on to post his third top five finish this season, his fourth in the top 10.

    Burstyn completed the tournament with 10 birdies and 37 pars against just six bogeys and a double. He lowered his team-leading stroke average to 71.9, as added to his bests of 15 rounds of par or better, including 12 subpar rounds.

    "I felt like I made some pretty good par putts to keep my momentum going," Burstyn said. "I had a few three putts, but I made a lot of lag putts from 50 feet or so. These greens are tough, big and have a lot of undulation. I have a new driver and I was able to keep it low, under the wind, and that's been helping as well."

    He had some help for really just the second time this year, as CU had a season-best four players that counted toward the team score in the top 20, and matched best with three at par or better.

    "It's always great to see your teammates play well, and that definitely takes a little pressure off," Burstyn said. "I still want to do my best no matter what, but it still makes things a little easier. I am proud of everybody.

    "We still didn't even get to practice that much for this tournament," he added about preparing for Bandon Dunes. "We've seemed to be indoors forever. It's almost like we play better when the conditions are worse. Even two years ago, our first time out here, we played pretty well. The warmer climate teams aren't used to this, even though the last two days here weren't bad at all, at least to us."

    Sophomore David Oraee got off to a hot start Sunday, birdying his first three holes (Nos. 2-4) en route to carding a 2-under 70, CU's best score in the final round. That gave him a 1-under 215 overall, tying him for sixth place, his second best finish of the year. He had four birdies, 12 pars and two bogeys, giving him 11 birdies and 34 pars on the weekend, against just eight total bogeys and a double.

    Freshman Philip Juel-Berg also posted his second best finish of the year, fashioning a 1-under 71 Sunday for an even-par 216 total, tying him for ninth place. He opened with a bogey, but after scoring a par reeled off three quick birdies in succession before playing the last 13 holes at 1-over; he had a team-best 12 birdies in the tourney and was the only Buff not score worse than a bogey.

    Senior Derek Fribbs carded a 2-over 74, which gave him a 2-over 218, tying him for 17th. He had one of CU's two low rounds of the tournament (a second round 70), wrapping things up Sunday with three birdies, 10 pars and five bogeys; he had 11 birdies and 31 pars on the weekend. He had one bad patch in the final round (bogeys on Nos. 9-10-11), otherwise would have also been under par for the meet.

    Redshirt freshman Drew Trujillo closed strong, as he was playing in his first tournament where his scores counted toward the CU team total. His first two here did not, but his final round 1-over 73 did, as he cruised around with two birdies, 13 pars and just three bogeys to finish with a 15-over 231 total, tying him for 73rd. He birdied his first hole for the second straight day, and would have turned in an even-par effort had he not bogeyed his last hole (No. 2).

    Fresno State's Troix Tonkham claimed medalist honors, as he closed with a 69 for a 6-under 210 total, good for a three-shot win over teammate Rufie Fessler.

    "This certainly is a confidence builder," Edwards said. "I think everyone was frustrated because we knew we were a good team but we just weren't showing it. It also shows the resolve of the team because it proved that they could come out and beat a lot of high quality teams. All we did was to just put things together a little bit better. College golf nowadays is so competitive, if that you are a little off, you will get beat and sometimes beat badly."

    This was the seventh tournament win under Edwards, snapping a tie with the late Les Fowler for the second-most in a coaches' reign at CU; the late Mark Simpson's teams won 16. Both coached at the school for 29 seasons.

    The Buffaloes return to action in two weeks, when they will travel to California during CU's spring break to participate in the Cal-Irvine Anteater Invitational (March 25-26) and the Stanford U.S. Intercollegiate (March 28-30).

    T3. Jason Burstyn 72-71-71--214
    T6. David Oraee 72-73-70--215
    T9. Philip Juel-Berg 73-72-71--216
    T17. Derek Fribbs 74-70-74--218
    T73. Drew Trujillo 83-75-73--231

    1. Troix Tonkham, Fresno State 70-71-69--210
    2. Rufie Fessler, Fresno State 75-69-69--213
    T3. Jason Burstyn, Colorado 72-71-71--214
    T3. Byron Meth, Pacific 72-68-74--214
    T3. Chris Williams, Washington 76-70-68--214

    1. COLORADO 291-286-285--862
    2. Fresno State 301-288-278--867
    3. Washington 310-284-279--873
    4. Oregon 290-294-290--874
    5. SMU 294-295-293--882
    6. Missouri-Kansas City 291-297-296--884
    7. Utah Valley 304-293-288--885
    8. UNC-Wilmington 298-298-290--886
    9. Washington State 301-296-290--887
    10. Pacific 305-294-289--888
    11. San Jose State 295-288-306--889
    12. Northern Colorado 308-297-292--897
    13. UC-Davis 296-299-303--898
    13. Long Beach State 307-298-293--898
    15. Gonzaga 306-308-296--910
    16. CSU-Northridge 303-301-319--923
    17. Santa Clara 314-319-WD

    from cubuffs.com

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