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NORTH PLAINS, Ore.  - The University of Colorado men's golf team couldn't overcome a poor second round and though battling here Tuesday to escape the cellar, finished 12th in the inaugural Pac-12 Fall Preview.

California, No. 1 in all three college golf rankings, bolstered their case as the Golden Bears rolled to a seven-stroke victory with a gaudy 29-under par team score of 835.  Washington, ranked third, had been tied for the lead with Cal after two rounds and despite posting a 4-under team score in the final round, finished in second at 22-under 842.  Southern California, ranked 14th, took third at 21-under 843.

Cal didn't have any one finish in the top five, but the Bears had four in the top 14 and all five in the top 22 and counted just one score out of 12 - a 1-over-73 at that - over par toward their team total.

As for the Buffaloes, CU was sixth and in decent shape after the first round, but a 13-over 301 in round two sent the Buffs spiraling down the standings.  Colorado pulled to within a stroke of 11th place on a few occasions Tuesday, but in the end put an 8-over 296 into the books for a tournament total of 26-over 890, which would be six strokes back of Utah.

For a team with a victory and two runner-up efforts in three tournaments coming in, the Buffaloes' performance here was out of character for this squad.  In fact, it marked the first time CU finished last in a tournament since the spring of 2005, when the Buffs were 15th out of 15 at the Louisiana Classics.

Senior Jason Burstyn led the Buffaloes for the fourth time this fall, including one individual tournament, as he closed with a  3-over 75 for a 218 score (2-over) on the 7,017-yard, par-72 Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club; that tied him for a 26th place finish.  He tied for the lead in the 60-man field with two eagles, and also recorded the third most pars with 37.  He played the par-4s at 2-over for the meet, tied for 17th best in the field.

Sophomore David Oraee recorded the best final round score by a Buffalo with a 1-under 71; that propelled him up nine spots in the standings in tying for 36th with a 6-over 222 effort here.  He was 17th in par-3 scoring (+2 for the 12 short ones this week) and he tied for the team lead in birdies with 10, including five on Tuesday.

Senior Beau Schoolcraft matched Oraee with 10 birdies this week, as he wrapped things up with a 3-over 75 for a 227 total (11-over) and tie for 48th.  He had four birdies in his final round, but three bogeys and two doubles sent him over par for the day.  Senior Derek Fribbs was right behind him at 12-over 228, placing 51st after also finishing with a 75 Tuesday; he had 30 pars for the week with seven birdies and an eagle, but was undone by 11 bogeys and five doubles.

Freshman Philip Juel-Berg started strong with an even-par 72, but slid to a second round 78 and then capped off the meet with the first score in the 80s in his brief collegiate career, with an 8-over 80 giving him a 230 total which tied him for 54th.  He had an eagle, seven birdies and 31 pars, the latter the second most on the team, but had 15 holes of bogey or worse here that included the only triple and quadruple ones scored by a Buff.

"Today we played a little bit better but it still wasn't very good.  For the entire tournament we made errors we hadn't made all year and for quite a while," coach Roy Edwards said.  "Our team plays its best when we play smart and confident.  We didn't do either this week.  Mistakes led to more mistakes.  Instead of moving on to the next shot we let previous errors affect our mindset.  It is extremely difficult to play that way mentally.  We will get it fixed, and the good thing is we turn right around and play next week so we can't let this linger."

Washington's Trevor Simsby claimed medalist honors with an 11-under 205 score, as he held off Arizona State's Jon Rahm for a one-stroke victory.   Rahm opened with a 77 but came back with rounds of 64 and 65 to nearly steal the top spot from the field; he had as many eagles and he did bogeys (two) with 13 birdies over his last 36 holes.

The Buffaloes complete the fall portion of their schedule next Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 15-16) at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational in Fairfax, Calif.




 Jason Burstyn




 David Oraee




 Beau Schoolcraft




 Derek Fribbs




 Philip Juel-Berg





 Trevor Simsby, Washington




 Jon Rahm, Arizona State




 David Boote, Stanford




 Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington




 Yi Keun Chang, USC














 Southern California








 Arizona State




 Oregon State












 Washington State