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SONOMA, Calif. — The University of Colorado men’s golf team had a very consistent day and ended strong as the Buffaloes are tied for sixth place in the Alister Mackenzie Invitational, the first two rounds of which were completed here Monday.

Host and No. 4-ranked California used six rounds in the 60s to build what appears to be an insurmountable lead, as the Bears own a team score 541, or some 35-under par.  That’s good for a 21-stroke lead over both No. 21 Arizona State and No. 55 Oregon, both of whom are in at 14-under 562.

Colorado, ranked No. 94 at present, was tied for eighth after the morning round, as the Buffs turned in a team score of 288, or even-par; that was still 20 strokes behind Cal, which blistered the course with a 20-under 268 before recording a 15-under 273 in the afternoon; the Buffs turned in a 6-under 282 team score the second time around the 7,103-yard, par-72 Sonoma Golf Club course track, what amounted to be the fifth best second round score.

The Buffs played the last three holes at four-under par to join Oregon State and UC-Davis in sixth place.

CU was led by freshman Jeremy Paul, who recorded the best two rounds of his burgeoning collegiate career, opening the day with a 1-under 71 and then scoring six birdies in the afternoon en route to a 5-under 67; when all was done, he stood at 6-under 138, CU’s best 36-hole score this season by some five strokes.  He’s also five shots out of the lead, thanks to a day which saw him record an eagle, eight birdies and 23 pars against just four bogeys.

Sophomore Drew Trujillo is tied for 23rd, as he posted solid back-to-back round in turning in a 73-70—143 scorecard, or 1-under par.  Coming off a disappointing performance that saw him finish CU’s own Simpson Invitational last month at 22-over par, Trujillo responded Monday with six birdies and a team-high 25 pars with just five bogeys in matching his previous college best effort through 36 holes.

Sophomore Philip Juel-Berg opened strong with a 3-under 69, and finished the day tied for 35th with a 1-over 145 total; a double bogey on No. 14 (a par-3), his third-to-last hole, hurt him a bit, though he remained undeterred and birdied his final hole of the day.  He had a team-best nine birdies, including six in the first round, with 18 pars, eight bogeys and the one double.

Freshman Yannik Paul, the younger of the Paul twins by one minute, matched his brother’s round in the 60s in the afternoon.  After starting the day with just one birdie en route to a 6-over 78, he reversed things the second time around SGC with a 3-under 69, scoring five birdies.  That left him with a 3-over 147 score and tied for 44th. 

Junior David Oraee, playing in the No. 1 position for the Buffs, struggled Monday, though he didn’t post anything worse than a bogey.  In with a 75-79—154 scorecard that has him 77th, he managed just two birdies (with 22 pars) against 12 bogeys, very uncharacteristic of him. 

 “It was a solid day overall,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “Jeremy played well all day and Yannik joined him with a solid round in the afternoon.  It was good to see out of those guys.  But in each of the two rounds, our fourth score was higher than we’d like, and it hurts when you have to count numbers like 75 and 76, which we had to today.  So if we can get rid of some mistakes, I believe we have a good chance to shoot a low score tomorrow.”

Cal golfers own the top three individual spots through two rounds, with Joel Stalter in the lead after a 64-69—133 performance Monday, an 11-under par effort.  Teammates Brandon Hagy (70-64) and Pace Johnson (66-68) are one stroke back at 10-under 134.

The third and final round is set for Tuesday morning, with staggered tee times off both the No. 1 and 10 tees beginning at 9 a.m. MDT.  The Buffs will start on No. 1 and will be paired with Minnesota, Oregon State and UC-Davis.


T  6.

Jeremy Paul



Drew Trujillo



Philip Juel-Berg



Yannik Paul



David Oraee





Joel Stalter, California



Brandon Hagy, California



Pace Johnson, California



David Fink, Oregon State



Jon Rahm, Arizona State








Arizona State






Brigham Young












Oregon State



San Diego State



Colorado State



San Francisco



Fresno State



San Jose State






Santa Clara