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Derek Fribbs recorded three straight subpar rounds in leading CU to a runner-up finish.
Golfers' Rally Falls Short; Buffs 2nd in Simpson
Release: September 25, 2012
By: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
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ERIE, Colo. - The University of Colorado men's golf team tied its third-best single round in program history but came up just a little bit short in defending its title in its own 3rd Annual Mark Simpson-CU Invitational, as Pac-12 Conference rival Oregon State held off the Buffaloes' charge in winning by two strokes.

The Beavers closed things out with a 6-under 282 score for a tournament total of 843, or 21-under par.  The Buffs recorded a 13-under par 275 to jump from fourth after two rounds into the runner-up spot with an 845 score, while Colorado State held the third position it entered the day in, finishing with an 847 score.  Missouri-Kansas City, the first round leader, captured fourth with an 854 score while Kansas and Texas-Arlington tied for fifth (858).

After hanging around par for the first six holes, the Buffs collectively caught fire, the four scorers playing the last dozen holes at 13-under par; three of the four shot rounds in the 60s Tuesday with the fourth posting a 2-under 70 the 7,771-yard, par-72 Colorado National Golf Club course.  The 19-under team score marked the fifth-best effort in relation to par in school history for a 54-hole tournament.

"It obviously was a good day, any time you shoot the low round of the tournament in the last round it's a good thing," CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  "We really didn't play that well the first six or seven holes; we weren't terrible, just not getting deep into the red numbers.  But we really brought it back after that, and that shows the character of the guys on our team. 

 "We were in sixth if not seventh place early on, and at least 17 strokes back," he continued.  "The thing that was really gratifying was that they didn't look any different the way they were playing at the end of the day than they did at the start of things yesterday.  That's a sign that the guys really trust in their abilities, are very even keel.  Today, we got a little mojo going and were able to get things really going without our best player scoring as well as he's capable of."

"Oregon State's got a really good team, so we were pleased that were able to push them at the end."

Senior Derek Fribbs led the Buffaloes here with a third place individual finish, finishing up with a 5-under 67 that gave him a 207 total for the meet, or  9-under par.  He closed things out with an eagle, three birdies and 14 pars Tuesday, scoring a team-best 13 birdies which were also the eighth most in the 80-man field.  He tied for second in par-5 scoring (7-under) and was seventh in par-4 scoring (3-under) while playing CNGC's difficult par-3's at just one over, which was 10th best among all the participants.

"Derek really played consistent," Edwards noted.  "When he made any mistakes at all, they were small ones, which in turn really contributed to him playing so consistent.  He's continued to get better over his four years here and it's really starting to come together for him overall.  He's pretty good at a lot of things and has very minimal weaknesses in his game anymore."

Sophomore David Oraee tied for seventh, as he put a 69 into the books in the final round for a 54-hole score of 210, or 6-under par.  He had five birdies and two bogey with 13 pars Tuesday, as he closed with 12 birdies over the three rounds, tied for 10th most in the field, with his 37 pars a team-high.  He was fifth in par-3 scoring (1-under) and 11th in par-5 scoring (5-under) while playing the par-4 holes even.

Both Fribbs and Oraee recorded par or better on 49 of the 54 holes played here; each had four bogeys and a double for their only holes over par.

Senior Beau Schoolcraft fashioned a 3-under 69 in his final round, enabling him to crack par for the tournament, tying for 20th at 2-under 214.  He had six birdies, nine pars and three bogeys his final time around CNGC, the six birdies a team-best in the final round; he scored nine of those with 37 pars, the 12th-most in the field, over 54 holes.  He played the par-5s at 6-under, tied for fifth-best, with his 1-over on the 12 par-3s for the tourney tying for 10th best.

Freshman Philip Juel-Berg ended things with a 2-under 70, giving him an even-par 216 scorecard overall; he led the field in par-3 scoring, playing the dozen holes collectively at 3-under.  He recorded 10 birdies in the meet (four on Tuesday), with 36 pars (tied for 19th) against six bogeys and a double.

Senior Jason Burstyn, a two-time champion in as many tournaments entering CU's home tourney, wound up tying for 52nd after closing with a 4-over 76 for a 6-over 222 total.  He had his moments but never got things rolling like he did at the Ballyneal Challenge or at the Air Force Invitational, finishing up Tuesday with a birdie, 13 pars, three bogeys and just the second double bogey (out of 144 holes) this fall.  He had six birdies and 37 pars overall, against 10 bogeys and the lone double. 

Was Edwards concerned about his No. 1 player's performance?  Not at all.  As the seventh-year CU coach was wrapping things up some two-plus hours after the tournament ended, the lone golfer at the far end of the driving range was his two-time medalist in 2012.

Four Buffaloes played as individuals, typical for the host school of a tournament to get its entire eligible roster some added experience.  The newest Buffalo made the biggest splash, as junior Johnny Hayes finished ninth overall with a 5-under 211 score after wrapping things up with a 1-over 73.  The transfer from Towson (Md.) State had 11 birdies and 30 pars while finishing high in par-4 (2-under, 16th) and par-5 (5-under, 11th).

"He did a great job in his first college tournament in almost two years," Edward noted.  "He spent some time away from the game but missed it so much that he wanted to get back into it.  He had some very good results back east in a couple of amateur competitions, but this was still impressive for his first time out.  He caught everyone's attention."

Redshirt freshman Drew Trujillo tied for 35th (75-218, 2-over) scoring 15 pars and three bogeys in his final round; he had nine birdies and 35 pars with nine bogeys and a double for his three rounds.  Another redshirt frosh, Tyler Engel, finished 74th after closing with a 77 for a 13-over 229 total; he had five birds and 35 pars against 12 bogeys, a double and a quad.

Freshman Ross Thornton wrapped things up with a 6-over 78; he finished in the 80th position (last) as he was disqualified in the second round for signing for an incorrect scorecard.

CSU's Kirby Pettit was the medalist, but he may be thinking what could have been.  He opened with a bogey and the settled down with a par - and then caught fire.  He played the next five holes at 5-under (an eagle and three birdies), then scored another eagle and two more birds on the back for a tournament low score of 8-under 64.  That combined with a 71-67 effort on Monday gave him a 14-under 202 total, good for a three-shot win over Oregon State's Brian Jung.

The Buffaloes turn right around and will play in the University of New Mexico's Tucker Invitational, traveling to Albuquerque for the 54-hole tournament this Friday (36 holes) and Saturday (18).  Fourteen teams will participate in he Tucker, including two schools who played here this week, Utah and Wyoming.

 

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

   3.  Derek Fribbs.............................. 70-70-67-207

 T7.  David Oraee............................... 73-68-69-210

   9.  *Johnny Hayes........................... 71-67-73-211

T20.  Beau Schoolcraft........................ 72-73-69-214

T27.  Philip Juel-Berg.......................... 75-71-70-216

T35.  *Drew Trujillo............................. 71-72-75-218

T52.  Jason Burstyn............................ 75-71-76-222

  74.  *Tyler Engel............................... 83-69-77-229

  80.  *Ross Thornton..........................          74-DQ-78

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

   1. Kirby Pettitt, Colorado State......... 71-67-64-202

   2.  Brian Jung, Oregon State.............. 67-71-67-205

   3.  Derek Fribbs, Colorado.............. 70-70-67-207

   4. Nathan Hughes, UMKC................. 67-68-73-208

T5.  Chris Gilbert, Kansas.................... 69-71-69-209

T5. Korbin Kuehn, UMKC.................... 68-70-71-209

T7.  David Oraee, Colorado............... 73-68-69-210

T7.  Riley Fleming, UT-Arlington........... 67-72-71-210

   9.  Johnny Hayes, Colorado............ 71-67-73-211

T10. Sean Walsh, Gonzaga................... 69-69-74-212

T10. Oskar Arvidsson, Denver.............. 70-69-73-212

T10. Nick Chianello, Oregon State......... 69-71-72-212

T10. David Fink, Oregon State.............. 72-69-71-212

T10. Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force....... 73-70-69-212

T10. Victor Doka, Denver...................... 70-70-72-212

T10. Hunter Brown, UT-Arlington.......... 72-68-72-212

T10. Alex Gutesha, Kansas................... 70-70-72-212

TEAM SCORES

   1. Oregon State.......................... 284-277-282-843

   2. Colorado................................ 290-280-275-845

   3.  Colorado State........................ 289-279-279-847

   4. Missouri-Kansas City.............. 280-282-292-854

   5. Kansas................................... 287-283-288-858

   5. Texas-Arlington....................... 287-285-286-858

   7. Northern Colorado................... 292-283-286-861

   8. Denver.................................... 295-278-292-865

   9. Air Force................................. 295-284-288-867

10. Gonzaga.................................. 296-283-290-869

11. Houston Baptist...................... 290-294-286-870

12. Texas State............................ 295-288-290-873

13. Wyoming................................ 308-282-286-876

14. Utah....................................... 287-299-297-883

 

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