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USAFA, Colo. - It was déjà vu at the 44th Annual Gene Miranda Air Force Falcon Invitational here Sunday.

The University of Colorado men's golf team owns a five-stroke lead over UNLV after two rounds; the two schools tied for the title here a year ago, though UNLV won the tournament's trophy in a playoff as the NCAA doesn't recognize regular season tiebreakers.

The Buffaloes opened with the low round of the tournament (7-under 281) and added a second subpar round in recording a 9-under 567 team score through 36 holes; that bested UNLV (286-284-572) with host Air Force certainly within striking distance at eight shots off the lead (288-287-575).  Coastal Carolina is 10 strokes back in fourth with a 577 score with CU-Colorado Springs rounding out the top five (582).

Senior Jason Burstyn, who won his first collegiate tournament at the Ballyneal Challenge, an individual event, this past Tuesday in Holyoke, is trying for back-to-back titles as he is pacing the Buffaloes here.  He is tied for the lead after a posting a 68-71-139 scorecard on the strength of an eagle, six birdies and 26 pars against just three bogeys on the day on the 7,370-yard, par-72 Eisenhower Blue Course layout.  All four of his rounds this season have been under par.

Freshman Philip Juel-Berg, who placed second at Ballyneal, is tied for fifth after fashioning a 72-69-141 effort.  He had nine birdies and 21 pars with just six bogeys for his day.  Senior Derek Fribbs is tied for 14th with a 70-73-143 in the books for two rounds, doing so on the strength of 10 birdies and 17 pars against nine bogeys.

Senior Beau Schoolcraft opened strong with a 1-under 71 (three birdies, 13 pars, two bogeys), and while he matched his par count from the first round in the afternoon, he had four bogeys and a double for a 78; at 149 (5-over), he is tied for 40th.

Sophomore David Oraee struggled to an 81 in the first round (no birdies, 12 par, four bogeys a double and a triple) but came back strong his second time around the Eisenhower loop.  He parred the first seven holes before scoring birdies on Nos. 8 and 9; he remained in the red until No. 18, where unfortunately he closed with a double for a round of 73; his 154 total has him tied for 66th.

Redshirt freshmen Tyler Engel and freshman Ross Thornton are competing in their first major college tournament as individuals, their scores not counting toward CU's team total.

Engel had a very steady day, turning in a 71-74-145 scorecard to stand in a tie for 24th; He scored seven birdies and 21 pars with eight bogeys to account for his 1-over performance.  Thornton got off to a not-so-uncommon true frosh start with a 10-over 82, with two birdies, seven pars, seven bogeys a double and a triple; but he rebounded with three birds and 10 pars in the afternoon (three bogeys, two doubles) for 76; at 158, he is tied for 77th.

"It was a good day overall for us - the guys played solid," CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  "Jason, Philip and Derek were very good in both rounds.  Beau had a good first round and David had a nice comeback. As an individual, Tyler Engel played a really solid 36 holes.  I thought the golf course played pretty hard as the winds were swirling quite a bit.  Our second round was generally a little better than the first round as the conditions were a bit tougher."

"We are in the position we want and expect to be in," he added.  "I expect the guys to play confident tomorrow and also have fun."

The third and final round is set for Monday morning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.


 BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS (*-playing as an individual)                                                       


T 1.

Jason Burstyn



T 5.

Philip Juel-Berg




Derek Fribbs




*Tyler Engel




Beau Schoolcraft




David Oraee




*Ross Thornton






Jason Burstyn, Colorado




Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force




Blake Biddle, UNLV




Tanner Higham, Utah State




Philip Juel-Berg, Colorado




Roberto Ballesteros, Coastal Carolina













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Coastal Carolina




CU-Colorado Springs




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