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               BANDON, Ore. — The University of Colorado men’s golf team continued its fine spring play here Sunday as the Buffaloes are in third place after the first round of the 5th Annual Bandon Dunes Championship.

               Missouri, ranked No. 49 in the nation, turned a 3-under par 281 team score to own a one shot lead over surprising Utah Valley (ranked No. 179); the Buffs, ranked No. 48, are in third with a 2-over 286 score, with Washington State (288) and No. 39 Oregon (289) rounding out the top five.

               The Buffaloes, the defending tournament champion and the only school to finish under par (minus-4 in 2013), spent most of the day hovering around par, briefly at one point 6-over about a third of the way through and at one point 1-under with roughly five holes to play.  Colorado’s school record of 12 straight rounds at or under par (10 under, two even), doubling the previous school record, came to an end.

               Light rain that turned heavy on occasion fell much of the day, with winds at times gusting from 15-to-25 miles per hour; the temperature barely made it to 50.

                "I’m surprised the scores are as low as they are,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “They shortened a couple of holes by moving the tees up, but this is the kind of course that doesn’t play short regardless.  A lot of the par-4s are target golf, you need more precision on your drives if you want a good chance at the green with your second shot.

              “This was a solid start for us, we’re right there,” he added.  “Whoever wins this tournament will have to earn it, there are a lot of good teams here and the weather might be challenging again Monday.”

               Freshman Jeremy Paul led the Buffaloes on Sunday, as he is tied for eighth individually after carding a 1-under par 70 on the 6,603-yard, par-71 Pacific Dunes Course layout (with nines of 34-36).  In the process, he extended his rounds under par streak to eight (the old mark of five was held by three players); he had four birdies, 11 pars and three bogeys.  Starting in the shotgun format on No. 5, he was 1-over with six holes to play, but scored back-to-back birdies on Nos. 18 and 1 to get into red numbers and then parred out his last three holes. 

              Overall, 12 of his last 13 rounds have been under par and he has also finished four straight tournaments under par, all at 4-under or lower, another all-time CU best.  The record for rounds under par in a single season is 18, held by two players (Kane Webber and Patrick Grady); Paul already has 13.

              Freshman Yannik Paul, the younger of the wins, turned in an even par scorecard (35-36—71) and is tied for 11th.  He had three birdies, 13 pars a bogey and a double on his round, the latter he endured on No. 16 which collectively gave the Buffaloes fits: CU golfers were 5-over on the hole in round one.

              Sophomore Philip Juel-Berg posted a 1-over 72 (nines of 37-35), tying him for 15th.  He started out with two bogeys on his first three holes (Nos. 7-9) and was 3-over after 10 holes before he scored three birdies in a four-hole span to get back to even.  He finished the day with four birdies, nine pars and five bogeys and saw his string of four straight rounds under par come to an end.

              Freshman Andrew Bonner is tied for 27th after fashioning a 36-37—73; he recorded two birdies, 12 pars and four bogeys on his first trip around Pacific Dunes. 

              Junior David Oraee was the only Buff to struggle here Sunday, as he shot a 1-over 80 and is tied for 77th.  He was even through his first six holes (Nos. 8-13), but was 7-over closing out the back nine, with two doubles back-to-back followed by three bogeys. 

             “Jeremy had another solid start, and Yannik and Philip played well,” Edwards noted.  “Andrew probably played better than his score indicated and David’s round was just an aberration.  He’ll right that ship pretty quick.”

             Three players are tied for the individual lead at 4-under 67: Gonzaga’s Peter Gullickson, Utah Valley’s J.T. Timmons and Missouri’s Emilio Cuartero.  Only 10 players bettered par with another four equaling it Sunday in the 84-man field, as the course all tolled played to an average of 74.39 in the first round.

             The second round is set for Monday with a 9:30 a.m. MDT shotgun start, with the weather forecast calling for temperatures around 50 with a 60 percent chance of rain.  The final round scheduled Tuesday has a better outlook, with sunny skies and temperatures near 60.


T  8.

Jeremy Paul



Yannik Paul



Philip Juel-Berg



Andrew Bonner



David Oraee





Peter Gullickson, Gonzaga



J.T. Timmons, Utah Valley



Emilio Cuartero, Missouri



Thomas Lim, Oregon



Nick Pandalena, Boston College



Blake Snyder, Washington St.



Ryan Zech, Missouri









Utah Valley






Washington State






St. Mary’s









San Jose State






Boston College



Missouri-Kansas City









Weber State