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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of Colorado men’s golf team struggled along with most of the field in tough conditions here Friday, as the Buffaloes are tied for 12th after two rounds of the 59th annual New Mexico William H. Tucker Invitational.

Arizona State was the only school to keep things under par, and did so in both rounds in posting a remarkable 5-under 571 team score.  That leads host New Mexico by some 11 shots, as the Lobos were in with a 6-over 582.  Brigham Young is in a distant third at 15-over 591.  Gusting winds, up to 30 miles per hour, prevailed much of the day.

The Buffaloes were in 16th place after the morning round, struggling to a 25-over 313 score; but CU rallied in the second round to shave 10 strokes off that total, putting the seventh best effort into the books (303) which led to a 616 score, tying the Buffs with Arizona and New Mexico State.

"This morning was certainly a disappointing round, and while the afternoon was definitely better, it still wasn’t up to our standards,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “There were really some adverse conditions, the hardest I’ve seen down here for this golf course, and we didn’t handle those as well as we could or should have.  We didn’t respond well when things didn’t start going our way, and we have to be disciplined to be better when that happens.”

Edwards wouldn’t use as an excuse that he had three true freshmen playing in their first tournament out-of-state on a challenging course in tough conditions.

 “Well, that could be part of it, but the realistic thing there is that those guys learned a valuable lesson on how tough college golf can be,” he said.  “But I expect them to respond positively going forward.”

CU was led Friday by junior David Oraee, who is tied for 24th individually after turning in a 73-76—149 (5-over) scorecard on the 7,562-yard, par-72 UNM Championship Course layout.  One of two Buffaloes to not score worse than a bogey, he recorded four birdies and a team-best 23 pars against nine bogeys for his two rounds.

Sophomore Philip Juel-Berg is tied for 50th, turning in an 80-74—154 effort.  His six-stroke improvement from the first to the second round tied for the fifth best in the field, as he recorded five birdies and 20 pars against eight bogeys, two doubles and a triple for his day.

Freshman Andrew Bonner matched Juel-Berg by improving six strokes between his morning score (81) and his afternoon effort (75), with his 12-over 156 total tying him for 61st at this point.  He recorded a team-best six birdies Friday, but had just 12 pars against 18 bogeys, though he also matched Oraee in not shooting worse than bogey on any hole.

Freshman Jeremy Paul is tied for 67th after fashioning a 79-78—157 scorecard.  He had two birdies and 20 pars against 13 bogeys and a double Friday; he was  5-over par after five holes in his second round, but settled down and played the last 13 at just 1-over.

Freshman by Ethan Freeman had a day he’ll likely want to forget but should learn from; his 85-87—172 scorecard is some 28 strokes over par, which has him 104th in the field that numbers the same; he actually got off to good starts in both rounds, making par in the morning and his lone afternoon birdie in the afternoon on the long, 520-yard, par-4 No. 10.  He was just 1-over after five holes in the second round but then endured a stretch of five holes where he was 9-over; he had two birdies and 14 pars on the day.

Senior Johnny Hayes is competing here as an individual, and he stood in a tie for 72nd after 36 holes after a 77-81—158 performance Friday.  He was undone to a degree in the second round with a quadruple bogey (on the par-4, No. 13), but he played his last four holes of his day at 1-under.  He has two birdies and 22 pars against 10 bogeys, a double and that quad to sum up his day.

Only six players in the field are under par, with co-leaders Julien Brun (TCU) and John Rahm (Arizona State) turning in 4-under par 140 efforts;

The final round is set for Saturday, with a shotgun start scheduled for 7:45 a.m.  Colorado will play with Colorado State, UTEP and Wichita State and tee off on holes 8 through 11.



David Oraee



Philip Juel-Berg



Andrew Bonner



Jeremy Paul



*Johnny Hayes



Ethan Freeman


*—competing individually as score does not count toward CU team total.



Julien Brun, TCU



Jon Rahm, Arizona State



Andrej Bevins, New Mexico



Gavin Green, New Mexico



Alberto Sanchez, Arizona State



Zane Thomas, UNLV





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