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Derek Fribbs shot CU's best score, an even par 72, in Tuesday's final round.
Men's Golf: Buffs Finish Seventh At Oregon Invite
Release: March 27, 2012
By: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
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            EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Colorado men's golf team completed its first of two events during spring break here Tuesday, finishing seventh in Oregon Duck Invitational.

            No. 12 and host Oregon battled until the end with No. 49 Long Beach State, but the Ducks held off the 49ers by two strokes.  The two recorded the best two final round scores, Oregon finishing up with an 847 total, or 17-under par, to LBSU's 849 score.  No. 38 St. Mary's took third with a 1-under 864 total, with No. 42 Oregon State fourth (880) and Pacific fifth (881).

            Colorado, ranked No. 71, flirted with a top five finish much of the day but in the end remained in seventh place, closing with an 889 score, or 25-over par.  The Buffs did improve, albeit slightly, in each round, which it has done much of the spring.

            Senior Kevin Kring posted his second straight top 20 finish, closing with a 1-over 73 on the 7,007-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club course layout for a 217 (also 1-over) total for 54 holes, which placed him in 14th.  He had a pedestrian final round with one birdie and 15 pars (two bogeys), with his 40 pars for the tournament tying for fourth-most in the 80-man field.  He played the 12 par-3s even, sixth-best here, and the par-4's at 3-over, tied for 11th best.  He remained CU's stroke average leader with a 72.75 figure.

            Junior Derek Fribbs wrapped things here with a second straight par round; that gave him a 6-over 222 score which tied him for 27th.  He led the Buffs with 10 birdies here, tied for ninth most in the meet, and was among the leaders in par-3 (+2) and par-5 (-4) scoring.  He was 6-over after 13 holes in his first round on Monday, but played the remaining 41 even, with eight birdies and 26 pars.

           Freshman David Oraee fashioned a final round 74 for a 225 (9-over) score to tie for 38th; all but one of his 12 spring rounds have fallen between 73 and 76.  He had four birdies, eight pars and six bogeys Tuesday (eight birds and 32 pars for the meet), scoring one of his birdies on his final hole (par-5 No. 6) to close the tourney.

           Junior Beau Schoolcraft shot a final round 76 (4-over) and had an 11-over 227 for the event, which tied him for 50th.  He had a birdie and 13 pars while three bogeys and a double worked against him.  He actually scored par on his first 11 holes Tuesday before a stretch where he was 5-over for six holes but did close with the bird.  He matched Fribbs with his par-3 play, as for the 12 short holes here he was only 2-over over the three rounds.

           Junior Jason Burstyn recorded a third straight 76 to finish up with a 228, tying for 54th.  He had one birdie and 12 pars against five bogeys  to close things out.

          "It was an okay day for us and an okay tournament for us in general, but we do expect to be better," head coach Roy Edwards said.  "The guys overall are playing solid but we need a player or two to step up and shoot some lower scores.  With that said, we still had some key wins here and I am pleased with the guys' overall progress.  I know we are on the verge of playing really well and are looking forward to heading straight to Stanford to be able to do that.  Each one of the guys is doing some good things as well as capable of breaking through and shooting some low scores."

          Oregon's Andrew Vijarro shot a final round 69, one of just two rounds in the 60s Tuesday, to vault from fifth place into medalist honors with a 6-under 210 scorecard for 54 holes.  That bested his teammate, Eugene Wong, by one stroke.

          The Buffaloes as a team had just one score over bogey (a double) on Tuesday's collective 90 holes, and for the tournament, avoided large numbers for the most part, with just nine holes worse than bogey (all doubles) out of 270 played.  Otherwise, Buff golfers had one eagle (by Kring), 36 birdies and 165 pars with 59 bogeys.

          Colorado went 6-6 here against Division I competition, its record now 64-57-3 this year; to be eligible for the postseason, schools must have a .500 record or better against Division I competition.  The Buffs will now travel south down the Pacific coast to Palo Alto to play in the U.S. Intercollegiate this Friday through Sunday in what could be a precursor to next month's Pac-12 Championships, with nine conference teams participating.

  

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

14.

Kevin Kring

72-72-73--217

T27.

Derek Fribbs

78-72-72--222

T38.

David Oraee

75-76-74--225

T50.

Beau Schoolcraft

75-76-76--227

T54.

Jason Burstyn

76-76-76--228

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.  

Andrew Vijarro, Oregon

71-70-69--210

2.  

Eugene Wong, Oregon

69-69-73--211

3.  

Daniel Miernicki, Oregon

71-69-72--212

4.  

Alex Edfort, Pacific

69-72-72--213

T5.  

Anders Engell, St. Mary's

70-68-76--214

T5.  

Kevin Lim, Long Beach State

71-73-70--214

 

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

  Oregon

284-279-284--847

2.

  Long Beach State

280-284-285--849

3.

  St. Mary's

287-289-287--863

4.

  Oregon State

295-289-296--880

5.

  Pacific

293-296-292--881

6.

  San Jose State

300-295-292--887

7.

  COLORADO

298-296-295--889

8.

  San Francisco

295-293-302--890

9.

  Central Oklahoma

293-302-296--891

10.

  UC-Davis

305-302-289--896

11.

  Washington State

298-299-305--902

12.

  Gonzaga

308-294-302--904

13.

  Boise State

305-306-298--909

14.

  Santa Clara

307-317-299--923

      

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