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Jason Burstyn was one of two Buffs to close the WDI with a 1-under 71.
Men's Golf: Buffs Inch Up To 13th Place Finish
Release: February 26, 2012
By: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
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PALM DESERT, Calif. - The University of Colorado men's golf team resumed its spring schedule here this weekend, and while the sun and warm temperatures were a great respite from back home, the Buffaloes couldn't shake off all the rust and tied for 13th in the fourth annual Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, presented by Cleveland Golf.

No. 12 UNLV led from wire-to-wire, finishing up with 20-under par team score of 844.  That was good for a seven-stroke win over Texas Tech (851), with second-ranked Auburn third (855).

The Buffaloes, ranked No. 66, moved up to a 13th place tie with Denver in the final round, closing with a 23-over 864 score.  Colorado was in 15th place after the first round, and despite a two-stroke improvement in the second round, slipped a notch into 16th when the round was completed first thing Sunday morning after the second 18 holes were suspended due to darkness.  Play was slower than even expected with 24 teams in the field, as all three rounds took between five-and-a-half and six hours to play.

Junior Derek Fribbs led the way for the Buffaloes, tying for 49th individually with a 5-over 221 total, which included a 1-under par 71 in the final round on the 7,305-yard, par-72 Classic Club course layout.  Junior Jason Burstyn also closed with a 71, giving him a 6-over 222 score with tied him for 52nd.  He played the 12 par-3 holes at 2-under for the weekend, tied for the second best in the field.

Freshman David Oraee wrapped things up with a 4-over 76, his 7-over 223 total tying him for 59th.  He played the par-5 holes the best among all the Buffaloes, collectively shooting 5-under for the dozen.  Senior Kevin Kring (75-224) tied for 65th and junior Beau Schoolcraft (74-228) tied for 83rd, the duo rounding out CU's contingent here.

"We played much better today," head coach Roy Edwards said.  "Really the whole week we improved each day which I am excited about.  We really hadn't been outside at all practicing for the three weeks leading up to the event and the guys did a really good job battling and improving.  It was rough on Thursday and the guys really worked and competed all week.  We got some key wins this week and we are very encouraged.  

"Jason and Derek played good," he continued.  "We just had too many sloppy course management errors and if we would have played the par-5s better we could have had a really good week.  With that said, we are very excited about the rest of the spring and hopefully we can be outside leading up to our next event at Bandon Dunes."

Edwards was right on with his assessment.  Colorado tied for third in par-3 scoring (even for the tournament) and was 11th in par-4 scoring (38-over).  But the Buffs failed to take advantage of the longer par-5s, playing those even on the week as well.

UNLV's Kevin Penner garnered medalist honors, holding on with a 1-over 73 Sunday for a 7-under 209 total, good for a one-stroke win over three others.

Colorado is now 50-48-3 against Division I teams this season; to be eligible for the postseason, schools must have a .500 record or better against Division I competition.  The Buffaloes' next opportunity to improve their record comes in three weeks, as they will travel to the southern Oregon coast to participate in the Bandon Dunes Invitational March 16-18.

 

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

 

T49.

Derek Fribbs

73-77-71--221

 

T52.

Jason Burstyn

77-74-71--222

 

T59.

David Oraee

73-74-76--223

 

T65.

Kevin Kring

76-73-75--224

 

T83.

Beau Schoolcraft

78-76-74--228

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

 

  1.

Kevin Penner, UNLV

67-69-73--209

 

T2.

Joakim Mikkelson, Baylor

72-70-68--210

 

T2.

Derek Ernst, UNLV

70-70-70--210

 

T2.

   Corey Conners, Kent State

67-75-68--210

 

  5.

   Blayne Barber, Auburn

67-73-71--211

TEAM SCORES

 

    1

UNLV

279-283-282--844

 

    2

Texas Tech

287-281-283--851

 

    3

Auburn

280-291-284--855

 

    4

St. Mary's

284-294-283--861

 

    5

SMU

291-287-284--862

 

    5

Texas A & M

287-294-281--862

 

    7

Texas-Arlington

285-287-291--863

 

    8

Kent State

282-292-290--864

 

    9

Houston

295-285-287--867

 

  10

Baylor

289-288-292--869

 

  11

Arizona

304-284-290--878

 

  12

Iowa State

293-292-300--885

 

  13

COLORADO

299-297-291--887

 

  13

Denver

294-294-299--887

 

  15

UC-Riverside

301-296-293--890

 

  16

San Francisco

292-291-308--891

 

  17

Southern Utah

300-299-295--894

 

  18

Cal Poly

307-296-294--897

 

  19

Idaho

297-297-304--898

 

  20

Santa Clara

301-297-306--904

 

  21

Nebraska

305-307-298--910

 

  22

Wyoming

310-303-299--912

 

  23

Hawai'i

304-307-304--915

 

  24

Texas-El Paso

315-307-307--929

 

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