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Jason Burstyn leads CU in stroke average this year, and he added a 68 to that performance Thursday.
Golfers Ninth At Stanford's U.S. Intercollegiate
Release: March 28, 2013
By: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The University of Colorado men’s golf team had a solid opening day and is in ninth place, or the middle of the pack, after the first round of the 45th Annual Stanford U.S. Intercollegiate.
 
There are three top 10 teams and 11 in the top 75 competing here, with host and No. 10 Stanford the day one leader with an 8-under par 272 score.  Five strokes separate the top six teams through 18 holes, with six strokes the difference between seventh and 12th; the Buffaloes are in the middle of that logjam, with a 3-over 283 score that is good for ninth place.
 
“A great day for golf, the weather conditions were perfect,” head coach Roy Edwards said.  “That’s why the scores are so good and so bunched.  Overall, we had a decent day as far as our team score was concerned.  The only thing that prevented us from shooting lower, or under par, is that we had some mistakes, but even those were few and far between. 
 
“For the most part we played smart, and mitigated the big numbers,” he added.  “It’s so tightly bunched, we did what we should have done and didn’t get tripped up by the tough holes.  There are a lot of good teams in this field and this is a great test for us at this stage of the season, one month out from the Pac-12 Championship.”
 
Senior Jason Burstyn and freshman Philip Juel-Berg paced the Buffaloes on Thursday, each recording 2-under par 68 scores on the 6,727-yard, par-70 Stanford Golf Course layout which tied them for 13th place.
 
Starting on the No. 1 tee, Burstyn turned a 3-under 32 on the front nine, with the aide of an eagle on the par-5 No. 7 hole.  On the back, he couldn’t get some birdie putts to fall and endured two bogeys to bring him back closer to par in the end.
 
Juel-Berg played a fantastic back nine, firing a 31; after turning at 2-over, he birdied Nos. 10, 13, 15 and 16 and finished with a team-best six birdies, along with nine pars two bogeys and a double.  He, too, endured a patch where he scored those three holes over par but had a birdie among them.  He now has scored 12 birdies in his last two rounds, including 10 in his last 27 holes. 
 
“Jason and Philip were really solid most of the day; both had to overcome a tough stretch around the middle of their rounds,” Edwards said.  “Philip had a pretty good fall, though struggled a bit to start the spring but has come back to play well the last month.  He’s a good player and he keeps getting better and better … and is making fewer and fewer freshman mistakes.”
 
Senior Derek Fribbs carded a 3-over 73, scoring four birdies and eight pars, with five bogeys and a double, tying him for 61st.  He opened strong, with two birdies in the first three holes, but then endured a bad patch where he played the next eight holes at 6-over.
 
Redshirt freshman Drew Trujillo fashioned a 4-over 74, tying him for 66th place, as he had three birdies, nine pars, five bogeys and a double.  He started off with a birdie, but played the next six holes at 5-over before closing by playing the course at even par over his final 11 holes.
 
Sophomore David Oraee carded a 5-over 78, tying him for 76th.  He had two birdies and 10 pars against five bogeys and a double for his day, as he continued struggling this week on the west coast; he was 23-over par for the UC-Irvine Anteater, very uncharacteristic for him, especially coming off a 1-under performance at Bandon Dunes three weeks ago.
 
Collectively, the five Buffs scored 18 birdies Thursday, one more than in the final round of the Anteater invite, which was one more than CU had in Monday’s two rounds.  Big numbers were kept to a minimum in the first round here, as CU had just four double bogeys and nothing worse.
 
Nine players are tied for the individual lead with 4-under 66 scores; the most compelling of that group being San Jose State's Cody Blick, who made the turn at 1-over but rallied to score six birdies en route to a 30 on the back nine.
 
The second round of the tournament is set for Friday, with the final round on Saturday.  Play begins each day at 9 a.m. MDT off the No. 1 and 10 tees.
 

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T13.

Jason Burstyn

 37-31--68

T13.

Philip Juel-Berg

 32-36--68

T61.

Derek Fribbs

 37-36--73

T66.

Drew Trujillo

 38-36--74

T76.

David Oraee

 38-37--75

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

T1.

Cody Blick, San Jose State

 36-30--66

T1.

Seb Crookhall-Nixon, USF

 33-33--66

T1.

Jeffrey Kang, USC

 33-33--66

T1.

Pontus Gad, TCU

 31-35--66

T1.

Patrick Rodgers, Stanford

 33-33--66

T1.

Max McClung, St. Mary’s

 33-33--66

T1.

Cory McElyea, USF

 32-34--66

T1.

Erik Van Rooyen, Minnesota

 32-34--66

T1.

Paul Barjon, TCU

 34-32--66

 

TEAM SCORES

1.

Stanford

 272

2.

St. Mary’s

 273

3.

TCU

 274

4.

San Francisco

 275

5.

San Jose State

 276

6.

Southern California

 277

7.

UC-Davis

 280

8.

Oregon

 282

9.

COLORADO

 283

10.

Iowa

 284

10.

Northwestern

 284

12.

Lamar

 286

13.

Minnesota

 288

13.

Nevada

 288

15.

San Diego State

 289

16.

Hawai’i-Hilo

 291

17.

Pepperdine

 292

 

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