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Fribbs carded a second straight 71 to pace the Buffs.
Buff Golfers Slip Five Spots In Standings
Release: February 02, 2012
By: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
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WAIKOLOA, Hawai'i  - The University of Colorado men's golf team slipped five spots into 19th place after two rounds of the 22nd Annual Amer Ari Invitational, the second 18 holes being completed here Thursday.

No. 1-ranked Texas remained in the lead, rallying after a poor start (9-over par as a team through six holes) to shoot a 1-under and a 36-hole score of 557, or 19-under.  No. 4 UCLA held on to second, closing from five back to three with a 560 total; No. 11 Southern California (561) and No. 10 Washington (562) follow third and fourth, respectively, with No. 9 Georgia Tech and No. 8 Stanford tied for fifth, 10 shots back at 567.

The Buffaloes, ranked No. 55, recorded a 7-over 295 team score, slipping from 14th to 19th in the standings with a 10-over 586 total.  Colorado played the par-5s a bit better Thursday, scoring seven birdies and 13 pars (7-under) compared to 2-under the day before.  While situated just one spot above last place (UC-Davis is well back at 605), the Buffaloes can still accomplish something good with a solid finish - CU is just seven shots back of 10th place.

Not only is this likely one of the toughest regular season fields ever, with eight of the nation's top 14 teams competing (14 in the top 57) and seven of the current top 10 ranked amateurs in the world, it's almost a preview of the Pac-12 Championships later this April with eight member schools participating.

Junior Derek Fribbs put another 1-under 71 into the books, giving him a 36-hole score of 142 (2-under) on the 7,074-yard, par-72 Waikoloa King's Course, tying him for 26th.  He has been a model of consistency here, with an eagle, five birdies and 25 pars while only scoring five bogeys.

Junior Jason Burstyn, who also had opened with a 71, shot a 2-over 74 for a 145 score (plus-1), tying him for 45th.  He spent most of the day one shot above or below par until closing with two bogeys the last three holes.  He has a team-best six birdies over two rounds, with 23 pars and seven bogeys.

Junior Beau Schoolcraft rebounded from a first round 78 with a 1-over 73, his two round score of 7-over151 tying him for 88th in the field.  He had three birdies and 11 pars in the second round, cutting his bogey total from seven Wednesday to four.

Freshman David Oraee is also tied for 88th with the identical 151 total, except he followed up a par round to open the meet with a 7-over 79.  He never caught fire at any point as he had one birdie and 10 pars against six bogeys and a double.

Senior Kevin Kring fired a second consecutive 77 for a 10-over 154 total, which has him tied for 102nd.  CU's stroke leader in the fall (71.42) has uncharacteristically struggled with some big numbers; the last player in the nation in 2010-11 to score worse than a double bogey on any hole had to take a quadruple bogey on a par-3 Thursday,  his ninth hole of the round, but to his credit, rebounded to play the last nine at 2-under.

Junior Johnny Widmer, playing as an individual thus his score doesn't count toward CU's team total, lopped two strokes off his score from Monday and posted a 5-over 77; he's tied for 106th overall with a 12-over 156.  His round included one birdie and 12; for the second straight day, he ran into some problems late, with two back-to-back bogeys and a double on his next to last hole (No. 16), again playing the last six at 4-over par.  He is thus only 4-over for his first 12 holes and 8-over for his the last six.

"Obviously today was tougher for everyone than yesterday," head coach Roy Edwards said. "We were in position to shoot a pretty good score because we finished on some of the easier holes, but it just didn't happen. 

"There's not one bad team in this field," he continued.  "We know we haven't played our best, yet we're two shots behind the number two team (Oregon) in the country.  We're 19 up on UC-Davis and they're a good team.  So if we can play to our capabilities and have a good round tomorrow, we should have the opportunity to move up.  Everyone is encouraged.  Derek has been really solid, and he can continue that and we can get a good round out of Kevin, we will be in good shape."

UCLA's Pontus Widegren, one of three players tied for the lead after one round, assumed the top spot by himself after firing a 3-under 69 in the second for a 36-hole score of 9-under 135.  That leads three players by one stroke heading into the last 18 holes.

The final round is scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. MST shotgun start Friday.  Colorado will be paired with host Hawai'i-Hilo, Oregon State and UC-Davis; it's CU-OSU week as the two schools played men's and women's basketball against each other Thursday night.

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS (*-playing as an individual)                                    


T26.  Derek Fribbs................................ 71-71-142

T45.  Jason Burstyn............................. 71-74-145

T88.  David Oraee................................. 72-79-151

T88.  Beau Schoolcraft......................... 78-73-151

T102. Kevin Kring................................... 77-77-154

T106. *Johnny Widmer........................ 79-77-106

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

  1.  Pontus Widegren, UCLA............ 66-69-135

T2.  Patrick Rodgers, Stanford.......... 67-69-136

T2.  Jeffrey Kang, USC....................... 67-69-136

T2.  Toni Hakula, Texas...................... 67-69-136

  5.  Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington.. 66-71-137

 

TEAM STANDINGS

   1  Texas.............................       270 287   --     557     -19
   2  UCLA..............................       275 285   --     560     -16
   3  Southern California...........       276 285   --     561     -15
   4  Washington.....................       275 287   --    562     -14
 T5  Georgia Tech...................       278 289    --     567      -9
 T5  Stanford.........................       282 285    --     567      -9
   7  Arizona State..................       286 285    --    571      -5
   8  TCU...............................       291 283    --    574      -2
   9  Oklahoma State..............       285 291    --    576       E
 10  Texas Tech.....................       285 294    --    579      +3
 11  Chico State.....................       289 291    --    580      +4
T12  San Jose State................       293 288   --     581      +5
T12  San Francisco.................       285 296    --    581      +5
  14  Hawaii...........................       293 290    --    583      +7
T15  Osaka Gakuin Univ.........       288 296    --    584      +8
T15  Oregon.........................       284 300    --   584      +8
T17  Oregon State.................       291 294    --    585      +9
T17  Hawaii-Hilo....................       294 291    --    585      +9
  19  Colorado.......................       291 295    --    586     +10
  20  UC Davis.......................       299 306     --   605     +29

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