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               MARANA, Ariz. — The University of Colorado men’s golf team managed to finish its first two rounds here Friday and landed in 10th place at the midway point of the 55th annual Pac-12 Championships, though second round play was suspended for nine schools due to impending darkness and slow play that saw each round take nearly six hours to complete.
               No. 3 Stanford had two golfers needing to complete three holes between them, but the Cardinal stood at 2-under par as a team with only those remaining to finish up 36 holes as a team; No. 4 California was one of just three teams to complete both rounds and is four back, as the Bears finished with a 2-over 722 team score.  Those two have broken from the pack at this point, as No. 10 Washington is a distant third, 15-over par, but the Huskies have 24 holes left to top off the second round.
               The No. 52 Buffaloes also were fortunate enough to finish both rounds, though are in 10th place, some 16 shots out of ninth place at this point, with a 41-over par 761; Oregon holds ninth but does have 24 holes remaining, so the gap could close: the Ducks are finishing up on the same final holes the Buffs did, and CU struggled down the stretch in the second round, playing those six holes a combined 19-over par, 15-over by the five players who wound up contributing to the team score.
               Stanford led Arizona after the first round, as the Cardinal put an opening 2-over 362 team score into the books to lead the host Wildcats by four shots.  Colorado was tied for eighth with Arizona State at 19-over 379.
               Colorado played the first round at a disadvantage after sophomore Philip Juel-Berg withdrew after nine holes in first round with some flu-like symptoms; he was obviously not his normal self, opening with a double bogey and was around 7-over when he pulled out.  But he toughed it out and returned to play in the afternoon, and turned in a 4-over 76; he was actually 1-under through 15 but finished with a bogey and two doubles. 
                But his absence in the morning allowed the Buffaloes no margin for error.  CU’s playing partners, Cal and USC, shot 368 and 377, respectively; if they had to swap out their fourth-man for their sixth-man scores, Cal would have actually remained the same showing the depth of the nation’s fourth-ranked team but USC would have turned in a 381.
               “It was rough day out there, I thought we did a good job playing ‘five count five’ in the morning to shoot a decent score, we just had too many big numbers in the afternoon,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “We’re just at the halfway mark of the tournament, but this wasn’t what we expected today, that’s for sure.  We’re definitely a better team than how we played in the afternoon.” 
                Junior David Oraee turned in the best individual performance by the Buffaloes Friday, posting a 72-74—146 (2-over par) scorecard on the 7,349-yard, par-72 Gallery Golf Club course layout; that has him tied for 13th.  He had a team-best seven birdies Friday, as well as just one hole worse than bogey.
                 Freshman Ethan Freeman, one of three from competing here for the Buffaloes and one of 14 competing overall here this weekend, is tied for 31st with a 72-78—150 (plus-6) effort; he was tied for seventh after the first round and was doing fine the second time around the Gallery track, but ended his day with back-to-back double bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18, his only holes worse than bogey on the day.   He is fifth among all the freshman competing here at the halfway point.
                 Freshman Jeremy Paul, the team’s stroke leader coming in at a shade over 72, had some unusual struggles in carding a 76-78—154 to stand tied for 49th; while still managing five birdies, he had seven bogeys, two doubles and just his second triple bogey all season in nearly 600 holes of golf.
                Sophomore Drew Trujillo fashioned an 81-76—157 (13-over) which has him tied for 61st, with over 61 percent of his overage traced to a pair of unlucky “crazy eights.”  A pair of quadruple bogeys sidetracked what likely were going to be two decent-to-good rounds, as he scored an 8 on the par-4 No. 13 in the first round to go from 3- to 7-over, and had spent much of the second round under or at even par until his second 8 on the par-4 17th that accounted for his finishing 4-over.  Those were his only holes worse than bogey on the day.
                 Freshman Yannik Paul is in 68th after recording a 78-82—160 scorecard (16-over); he has just two birdies Friday, uncharacteristically low for him, and almost similar to his twin, he had just his second triple and third hole worse than a double here.  Both birdies came early in each round, and he struggled late particularly in his second round, playing his last seven holes at 6-over.
                 Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers is the individual leader, as he was 6-under par with just two holes to play to finish his second round; that’s good for a four-shot lead over five others who did complete their rounds and are in a 2-under 142.  The difference?  Rodgers, the nation’s top-ranked player, eagled both par-5 holes on the front nine of the Gallery, his back nine Friday as he started on No. 10.
                 “We’re not going to freak out or anything, we just had a bad afternoon,” Edwards said.  “The key now is how do we respond to that, and to come out (tomorrow) and to be positive.  It’s probably going to be the toughest day out there as far a the conditions are concerned, they’re expecting the winds to gust up to 50 miles per hour at times and it could also rain.  But sometimes weather can be a great equalizer; should it turn bad, one or two teams often take advantage.  Regardless, we need to come out and play like we know we’re capable of and how we’ve shown we’re capable of.”  
                 The second round will be completed at 8 a.m. MDT Saturday, with the third round of these championships slated to start after the teams are repaired and the pin locations changed later in the morning; the teams will go off both the Nos. 1 and 10 tees (Colorado will likely be paired with Washington State and Utah and be among the first to tee off).  Sunday’s fourth and final round is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. start.
NOTES: The first round scoring average was 75.91, or nearly four strokes over par … This was the second straight tournament the Buffs had to make a go of it a man down; in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate earlier this month, Andrew Bonner withdrew the final two rounds with a back injury; the Buffs battled through that and still tied for second … CU has shot a lower third round score than what it posted in the second round five times this year.




David Oraee



Ethan Freeman



Jeremy Paul



Drew Trujillo



Yannik Paul



Philip Juel-Berg




Patrick Rodgers, Stanford



Viraat Badhwar, Stanford



Shotaro Ban, California



Brandon Hagy, California



Paul Smith, UC



Joel Stalter, California








 368-354—722 (+2)





Arizona State



Oregon State



Southern California

 377-363—740 (+20)












 379-382—761 (+41)


Washington State