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FAIRFAX, Calif. - The University of Colorado men's golf team rebounded from a poor performance just one week ago but still stand in 10th place here Monday after two rounds of the 10th annual Alister Mackenzie Invitational, the Buffaloes' last tournament of the fall season.

California, No. 1 in all three college golf rankings, continued to prove worthy and then some of its lofty status, as the Golden Bears are 35-underpar through two rounds, with a team score of 533; Cal won the Pac-12 Fall Preview last week with a 29-under effort, but the Bears are playing on a very familiar course where it has claimed six of the previous nine Mackenzie meets, including the last three

Only San Francisco is within striking distance, nine shots back at 542, a most-respectable 26-under par; four schools are tied for third at 559: BYU, Colorado State, San Diego State and Wichita State, but that's where the logjam begins.  Nine strokes separate third through 11th place entering Tuesday's final 18 holes, with the Buffaloes right there with a 4-under 564 total in 10th place.

The Buffaloes were tied for fifth after a solid morning round, a 5-under 279, which was much welcomed after a disappointing performance last week at the Pac-12 Fall Preview where CU finished 12th.  Head coach Roy Edwards said after the debacle that his "team plays its best when we play smart and confident.  We didn't do either but we will get it fixed."

Fixed it, they did.  In that first round, the Buffs collectively had three eagles and just one double bogey.  Though posting a 1-over 285 score in the afternoon, CU was steady, dropping just three strokes in the final six holes by the four scorers after the long 36-hole day.  Most of the fall, if the Buffs shot a number over par it was due to near double digit strokes lost down the stretch.

Sophomore David Oraee had one of his best days as a Buffalo, as he is tied for seventh through 36 holes with a 67-69-136 scorecard on the 6,759-yard, par-71 Meadow Club course layout.  He had a team-best nine birdies along with 25 pars on the day, and the fewest holes over par with just two - a bogey and a double - unfortunately the latter coming near the end of his second round.

Senior Jason Burstyn is tied for 34th after posting a 68-74-142 (even par) effort; he led the Buffs with 27 pars Monday while recording one of three eagles with just five bogeys.

Senior Derek Fribbs fashioned a 73-71-144 performance (2-over), as he too had an eagle with five birdies, 21 pars and nine bogeys.

CU's other eagle belonged to its other senior Beau Schoolcraft, but for him to score it was the shot of the day.  On the 377-yard, par-4 No. 10, his third hole of the day, he holed it from 100 yards out with a wedge, getting him right back under par after opening with a bogey.  He went on to record a 71-74-145 and stands tied for 52nd after adding five birdies and 21 pars to his eagle shot.

Freshman Philip Juel-Berg is also in at 145 (74-71), scoring the second-most birdies by a Buff on Monday with eight; he had 18 pars, nine bogeys and a double.

"Today was an okay day for us," Edwards said.  "Obviously our place isn't really indicative of how things are going; we are only five shots out of third place.  We were in good position but just didn't really get it going in the second round.  Overall, I thought we played pretty well today but just didn't putt very well.  David was really good and is starting to come into his game.  

California's Brandon Hagy is running away with medalist honors; he opened with a 7-under 64 with six birdies and an eagle, and then followed that round up with 62; he actually had it 10-under in the second round before bogeying No. 17.  At 16-under 126, he takes a five-stroke lead into the final round over San Francisco's Taylor Travis (who posted a 66-65-131, which normally would lead most tournaments).

The final round of the fall for the Buffaloes will commence at 9:30 a.m. MDT, as Colorado will tee off on the No. 10 team and will be paired with Arizona State, UC-Davis and San Jose State.

"I know the guys are very motivated to have a good finish to the fall season tomorrow and will come out with a great effort," Edwards added.  "I expect to see us post a good round as well."




T 7.

David Oraee




Jason Burstyn




Derek Fribbs




Beau Schoolcraft




Philip Juel-Berg





Brandon Hagy, California




Taylor Travis, San Francisco




Xander Schauffele, San Diego St.




Zachary Blair, BYU




Michael Kim, California




Joel Stalter, California









San Francisco




Brigham Young




Wichita State




San Diego State




Colorado State




Fresno State




Oregon State












San Jose State




Arizona State