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Jason Burstyn is looking for his third win in four meets this season.
Golfers Third After Two Rounds At UNM Tucker
Release: September 28, 2012
By: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of Colorado men's golf team is in third place after the first two rounds of the 58th Annual New Mexico Tucker Invitational, both of which were completed here Friday.

Host New Mexico led after the first round by four strokes and then pulled away by the end of the day, its 8-under par 568 score good for a 13-stroke edge over San Francisco (581).  The Buffaloes were fourth after the first round, six back of the Lobos, and though moved into third place after two rounds, are staring a 15-stroke deficit in the face with a 583 total.  Rounding out the top five in the 14-team field are Baylor (586) and UC-Irvine (588).

Senior Jason Burstyn is pacing the Buffaloes through 36 holes, turning in a 68-73-141 scorecard (3-under) on the 7,578-yard, par-72 UNM Championship golf course.  That has him fifth overall in the individual standings, as he scored a team-best 10 birdies Friday - also the second most in the entire 84-man field - and included in those red numbers was a 32 on the front nine in the first round after starting on No. 10.  He otherwise had 20 pars with five bogeys and a double, which unfortunately came on his next-to-last hole of the day, on the par-3 No. 8.

Sophomore David Oraee is right behind Burstyn n sixth place, as he fashioned a 69-73-142 performance (2-under par).  He scored eight birdies and a team-best 23 pars, against only four bogeys and a double.  He was sailing along fairly consistent in his second round until his final six holes, where he scored double-bogey-par-birdie-bogey-birdie, finishing strong after a rocky stretch.  He is tied for the lead in par-3 scoring, playing the eight combined Friday at 2-under.

Senior Beau Schoolcraft rebounded from a morning 77 with CU's best afternoon score, a par 72, for a 5-over 149 that has him tied for 32nd.  He had five birdies, 21 pars and 10 bogeys on the day.  Senior Derek Fribbs also did not score worse than a bogey Friday: he turned in a 75-76-151 scorecard (tied for 44th) on the strength of five birdies, 19 pars and 12 bogeys.

Freshman Philip Juel-Berg really struggled for the first time after eight previous rounds this fall; his 79-77-156 effort has him tied for 71st.  He had four birdies, 19 pars, 10 bogeys and three doubles.  He was 1-over with six holes remaining in his second round but endured four bogeys down the stretch.

Junior Johnny Hayes is playing as an individual here after going the team as a transfer just two weeks ago.  He debuted with a solid ninth place finish in CU's Mark Simpson Invitational this past Tuesday, but struggled a bit here in the first two rounds with a 75-78-153 scorecard (9-over).  He did have his team-best third eagle on the year, however, but made just three birdies and 19 pars against 12 bogeys and a double.

"I thought we hit it pretty well overall, just didn't finish as strong as we'd like," coach Roy Edwards said; the Buffs were a collective 5-over after a brief (half-hour) weather delay due to lightning in the area.  "Jason and David had good first rounds.  The two "fourth" scores we had to count in both rounds were higher than we want and that probably cost us being much closer to where New Mexico is. 

Trailing the host school on its home course, and one ranked in the nation's top 10, by 15 strokes is definitely a challenge for a pursuing school to overcome. 

"The way we look at it has to be that it's not insurmountable," Edwards said.  "But it would definitely take a great effort to catch them, no doubt about it; they're not going to collapse.  That's the way we're going to approach it." 

San Francisco's Cory McElyea posted a pair of 69s for a 6-under 138 score to take a one stroke lead over two others into Saturday for the medalist prize.  Burstyn is three shots back with Oraee lingering four off the pace.

The final round of the tournament is set for Saturday morning with tee times beginning at 7:45 a.m.

 

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS (*-playing as an individual)

     5.  Jason Burstyn........................................... 68-73-141

     6.  David Oraee.............................................. 69-73-142

T32.  Beau Schoolcraft....................................... 77-72-149

T44.  Derek Fribbs............................................. 75-76-151

T58.  *Johnny Hayes.......................................... 75-78-153

T71.  Philip Juel-Berg......................................... 79-77-156

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

   1.  Cory McElyea, San Francisco........ 69-69-138

T2. Erik Van Rooyen, Minnesota.......... 66-73-139

T2. Pete Fernandez, UC-Irvine............. 70-69-139

   4.  Gavin Green, New Mexico............ 71-69-140

   5.  Jason Burstyn, Colorado............ 68-73-141

 

TEAM SCORES

   1. New Mexico........................... 283-285-568

   2. San Francisco......................... 297-284-581

   3. Colorado................................ 289-294-583

   4. Baylor..................................... 296-290-586

   5.  UC-Irvine................................ 287-301-588

   6. Brigham Young....................... 298-293-591

   7. Arizona................................... 293-299-592

   8. Minnesota.............................. 288-308-596

   9. Texas-El Paso......................... 299-298-597

10. Texas-San Antonio.................. 301-299-600

10. Utah....................................... 303-297-600

10. Wyoming................................ 308-292-600

13. New Mexico State.................. 304-299-603

14. Pepperdine............................. 310-300-610

 

 

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