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FAIRFAX, Calif. - The University of Colorado men's golf team started out strong this fall with a win and two runner-up efforts, but couldn't match that pace the last two weeks, as the Buffaloes finished the fall portion of their schedule with a 12th place finish here Tuesday in the 10th annual Alister Mackenzie Invitational.

Host California, No. 1 in all three college golf rankings, ran away with their own tournament, winning for the seventh time in the 10-year history of the event, including for the fourth straight time.  The Golden Bears were an astounding 46-under par (806 team score), as the five Cal golfers recorded nine rounds in the 60s and three others under par, with its highest score here a 1-over 72 in winning by 20 strokes over San Francisco.

The Buffaloes, who finished last in the Pac-12 Fall Preview last week, were hoping to rebound and the fall season on an up note.  CU was tied for fifth after a solid first round, its best here (a 5-under 279), but had a second round 285 (1-over) and then closed things out with an 11-over 295 Tuesday, the overall team score of 7-over 859 dropping CU into a 12th place finish in the 16-team field.

Colorado didn't have a terrible overall tournament by any means - the Buffs tied California for the second-most eagles with five (USF had nine) - it was more about missed opportunities and taking advantage of scoring chances.

Sophomore David Oraee led the Buffaloes, tying for 26th place with a 1-over 214 effort on the 6,759-yard, par-71 Meadow Club course layout; he was tied for seventh heading into the final round but shot a 7-over-78.  He was just one-over through seven, but a double bogey on the par-4 17th started a stretch where he would eight holes at six-over.  He had 10 birdies and 35 pars here, both second-most on the team and the latter tied for 12th overall in the field, but had come into the day with just holes worse than par before scoring six bogeys and the double that likely sidetracked him.

Senior Derek Fribbs had Colorado's best final round effort, and he recorded an even-par 71 to finish at 2-over 215 to tie for 34th.  Despite a team-high 15 bogeys, he worked his way nearly back to par for the tournament with two eagles and nine birdies to go with 28 pars; he had no score higher than a bogey and tied for second in the 80-man field in par-5 scoring, playing the nine at a combined 9-under over the three rounds.

Senior Jason Burstyn tied for 41st, as he wrapped things up with a 3-over 74 for a similar 3-over 216 overall total.   He led the Buffaloes with 37 pars, which also tied for fourth in the field, and also had an eagle and six birdies this week.

Freshman Philip Juel-Berg tied for 48th to close out his first collegiate semester, as well as his first in the United States as he hails from outside of Copenhagen.  He shot a 2-over 73 in the final round and finished at 5-over 218, as he led the Buffs with 12 birdies (tying for 17th in the field) and played the par-3s at 1-under (11th best).  He survived a roller coaster stretch Tuesday where over the course of 10 holes, he was 1-over with just two pars.  

Senior Beau Schoolcraft rounded out the Buffaloes here with a 6-over 77 to finish at 9-over 222, which tied him for 61st.  He had 32 pars, seven birdies and an eagle here, but was undone by 11 bogeys, two doubles and a triple, two of the latter pair he endured Tuesday.     

"Today was quite disappointing," said head coach Roy Edwards.  "We were in position for a good end to the fall season but failed to capitalize. The course played more difficult but to not have one score under par today is a bad way to cap off what had been a good start.

"We turned what could have been a spectacular fall into a so-so one with our finish," Edwards re-emphasized.  "Those wounds were self-inflicted. If we want to use it as motivation for the next three-and-a-half months the way finished can be a positive in the long run.  I fully expect us to use it as such and look forward to seeing our seniors step up to make it happen."

The Buffs will resume play in January with the inaugural Dale Douglass Alumni Match in Scottsdale, with their first tournament the Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate, February 6-8, in Waikoloa, Hawai'i.




 David Oraee




 Derek Fribbs




 Jason Burstyn




 Philip Juel-Berg




 Beau Schoolcraft





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 Taylor Travis, San Francisco




 Zachary Blair, BYU




 Joel Stalter, California




 Xander Schauffele, San Diego St.




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