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SONOMA, Calif. — The University of Colorado men’s golf team turned in the fourth best team score in the final round, but overall could not make up any ground in the standings and tied for sixth here Tuesday in the Alister Mackenzie Invitational.

Host and No. 4-ranked California cruised to the team win, lighting things up from the get-go.  The Bears were essentially on cruise control Tuesday, turning in for them a pedestrian 4-under 284 team score for a final tally of 825, some 39-under par.  That easily outdistanced runner-up UC-Davis, which posted the best final round score of 277 (11-under), and yet was still 22 strokes off the lead at 847.  Oregon State finished third (850), with Arizona State and Brigham Young tying for fourth (851).

The Buffaloes matched Cal’s final round score of 4-under, and turned it their best 54-hole team score of the season, a 10-under 854, which was 13 strokes lower than CU’s season opening effort at Air Force.  The Buffs were tied for sixth entering the day, and despite a fine final round effort that saw all their scorers shoot par or better, could not move up in the standings.

CU was led by freshman Jeremy Paul, who recorded three consecutive subpar rounds on the 7,103-yard, par-72 Sonoma Golf Club course layout.  He finished up with a 1-under 71 for an 8-under 208 score, his collegiate best which tied him for seventh individually.  He tied for the team lead with 37 pars while recording the second-most birdies (11) along with an eagle; he scored no worse than bogey on any hole, and had only five of those at that.  He played the 12 par-5 holes here at 8-under, fifth-best among all the players.

Sophomore Drew Trujillo tied for 22nd, as he recorded the best 54-hole score in his young career.  He fashioned a par 72 on Tuesday to close with a 1-under 215, two strokes better than his previous best.  He matched Paul’s accomplishments of 37 pars (which were seventh-most in the 80-man field) and no holes worse than bogey, as he had nine birdies against eight bogeys.

Sophomore Philip Juel-Berg finished up with a 1-under 71, which gave him an even-par 216 total and enabled him to tie for 27th.   He had three birdies and 14 pars, with his only hole over par a double bogey on No. 14 (a par-3) for the second straight round.  He led the Buffs with 12 birdies, tying for the 11th-most in the field, and was 7-under on the par-5s, also 11th best.

Freshman Yannik Paul, one minute younger than his older identical twin brother, turned at even par but then bogeyed four of his first five holes on the back nine.  Instead of playing out the string, he scored an eagle and a birdie over his final four holes to finish with a 1-over 73, giving him a 220 score (4-over) for the meet, tying him for 48th.

Junior David Oraee, CU’s No. 1 player heading into this meet, rebounded nicely from Monday, when he struggled to a 10-over par score.  He had three birdies and 13 pars against just two bogeys to close things out with a 1-under 71, and his 9-over 225 score for 54 holes had him tie for 64th.  He had five birdies and 35 pars for the tourney, and despite his early struggles still shot no worse than bogey on any hole.

“Another solid round; it could always be a little bit better, but we’re not disappointed with it,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “We were disappointed with the (team) finish, because everyone was still looking at places where they could improve, and possible shots they could have saved, without the coaches telling them to.  We did play better here than our last time out (a tie for 12th place in New Mexico’s Tucker Invitational), and this was a good finish in a tough field and I think that showed our last outing was more of an aberration than anything else.” 

 “Jeremy had a really nice tournament, Yannik had a good finish today,” he added.  “The freshmen are getting more and more acclimated, doing better in several phases of their games.  David turned things around a bit, and we accomplished one thing we set out to do, and was not to have our fourth scorer come in with a 75 or 76; our last score to count today was an even par round, and that’s almost always a good thing.”

California’s Joel Stalter led from wire-to-wire, riding a first round 8-under 66 to an eventual 13-under 203 score, which edged Oregon State’s David Fink by one shot; he closed with a 4-under 68.

Colorado will close out the fall portion of its schedule at the end of next week, as the Buffs will travel to El Paso, Texas, to take part in UTEP’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational.



Jeremy Paul



Drew Trujillo



Philip Juel-Berg



Yannik Paul



David Oraee





Joel Stalter, California



David Fink, Oregon State



Pace Johnson, California



Matt Hansen, UC-Davis



Brandon Hagy, California











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