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Jason Burstyn's best spring score (70) helped the Buffs move up two spots in the standings Sunday.
Men's Golf: Buffs Climb To 9th Place Tie In USI
Release: April 01, 2012
By: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
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PALO ALTO, Calif. - The University of Colorado men's golf team enjoyed another fairly solid day and moved up two spots into a tie for a ninth place finish in the 44th Annual U.S. Intercollegiate, which was concluded here Sunday.

No. 12 Oregon withstood a charge from No. 5 Southern California, which had started the day eight shots back, but the Ducks hung on and won by a single stroke with a 1-over par 841 score.  After the Trojans (842), host and No. 11 Stanford was third (849), followed by No. 4 UCLA (852) and No. 7 Washington (863).

The Buffaloes shot the ninth lowest score in the third and final round, a 13-over par 293, giving CU an 885 score (45-over par), matched by Nevada.  Two San Jose State golfers closed with a combined three birdies to knock the Buffs out of the top eight by a single shot.

The Buffs finished poorly the first two rounds, the four scorers a combined 14-over on the last five holes (the final two in the first round, three in the second); on Sunday, CU came out of the gate a bit sluggish, at 6-over through three but this time, the four scoring players finished things off at 3-under for the final three holes.

Unlike Saturday, when heavy rains and wind caused a two hour delay, the weather for the final round warmed into the upper 50s with no precipitation, though wind gusts still reached 20 miles per hour at times. 

Senior Kevin Kring led the Buffaloes for the third straight tournament and the sixth time in nine events for the 2011-12 season, fashioning a final round of 1-over 71 on the 6,727-yard, par-70 Stanford Golf Course layout.  He finished with a 6-over 216 total for 54 holes, tying him for 19th; it was his fifth top 20 finish this year and his third in a row.   Starting on No. 10, he had four birdies, nine pars and five bogeys Sunday, failing to be deterred after bogeying three of his first six holes; he closed strong with birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 and his six total on the weekend tied for the team lead.  He also had an eagle and 34 pars against 12 bogeys and one double.

All 27 rounds by Kring have counted toward team scoring this season, and he lowered his team-leading stroke average to 72.67.

Junior Beau Schoolcraft had a rough final round, closing with an 8-over-78 for a 13-over 223, tying him for 46th.   He made the turn at 4-over, scored two more bogeys early on the front nine but birdied No. 7 to get back down to plus-5.  However, he made bogey on the par-3 Eighth hole and then posted a double on No. 9, a par-4, which did play the fifth toughest of the 18 all weekend.  Up until that point, he was one of just 11 players in the entire field to avoid a score higher than a bogey.  He had a birdie and nine pars in his final round against the seven bogeys and the double.

Junior Jason Burstyn rallied to turn in CU's best single round score here as well as his best gross score of the spring, an even-par 70, which gave him a 13-over 223 total that also tied him for 46th.  He had a very steady final round with two birdies, 14 pars and two bogeys, with his 36 total pars here the team-best for the weekend.  He bogeyed his first hole (No. 10), made seven straight pars and then bogeyed No. 18 before reeling off six more pars before birdying Nos. 7 and 8 near the end of his round.  It was one of 17 rounds Sunday either under par (11) or matching it.

Kring, Schoolcraft and Burstyn all had just one hole scoring worse than bogey (all doubles).

Junior Derek Fribbs turned in second straight 6-over 76 to finish with a 15-over 225 total, tying for 56th in the process.    He wrapped things up here with 12 pars and six bogeys in his final 18 holes; he had five birdies and 32 pars in the meet, but did endure 15 bogeys, one double and a triple.

Freshman David Oraee rounded out the CU contingent here with his best round of the tournament, closing with a 6-over 76 for a 239 total (29-over), which tied him for 88th.  He made the turn at 1-over but played the front side at plus-5 after enduring two of three double bogeys he scored in the round; otherwise, he had two birdies, 11 pars and two bogeys, and finished up with 24 pars and five birdies to get on the positive side for the overall 54 hole count.

 "Our guys did a good job of finishing today," head coach Roy Edwards said.  "Kevin had an overall solid tournament, and Jason played really well today.   He was really excited to be out there.  We're pleased with our progress, it's a little slower than we wanted it, but we're in position where if we play well in our last two events, we'll be in the postseason.  The guys are really improving and I couldn't be happier with their effort."

Colorado went 6-8-1 here against Division I competition, its record now 70-65-4 this year; to be eligible for the postseason, schools must have a .500 record or better against Division I competition.  This tournament served as a precursor to the Pac-12 Conference Championships later this month (April 27-29 in Corvallis, Ore.), with nine schools competing.  The Buffs were 2-6 against their new league mates here and are 8-24 overall this season, having faced 10 of the other 11 schools at least twice (five teams three times or more), something that rarely happened when the Buffs were in the Big 12.

This was also the second toughest tournament that Colorado, ranked No. 71, has participated in thus far this season with six teams ranked in the nation's top 13.

The Buffaloes have hung in there this spring, despite being minus its No. 2 player from the fall.  Edwards has not used it as an excuse, or has even brought it up, but the Buffaloes obviously miss the services of December graduate Sebastian Heisele, who decided to forego his last semester of eligibility and turn professional.  He had the second best stroke average (72.1) on the team in the fall, and his departure has made the fifth position a bit more tenuous in the spring.

Oregon's Daniel Miernicki matching his opening round with a final round 5-under 66, giving him a 6-under 204 total as started the day tied for third but eventually pulled away from the field.  That was good for a five-stroke win over UCLA's Pedro Figueiredo and Jay Hwang and USC's Sam Smith, all of whom finished at 1-under.  Those were the only four under par for the meet, with three others equaling it.

The Buffaloes have one more tournament ahead of their first Pac-12 meet later this month (April 27-29); the final tune-up will be next week in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., on April 9-10.   

ENGEL CLAIMS LOW AMATEUR HONORS: Colorado freshman Tyler Engel, who is redshirting this season, used his spring break to travel to Arizona and play in a Gateway Tour series event.  In Arizona Winter Tournament No. 9 in Chandler, he shot a 3-over par 74-71-145 on the 7,007-yard, par-71 Lone Tree Golf Club course, holding his own in the largely professional field with four birdies, 25 pars and seven bogeys.  Though he missed the cut, he posted the low score of the three amateurs in the 93-man field and tied for 69th overall.

 

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T19. 

Kevin Kring

72-73-71-216

T46. 

Jason Burstyn

75-78-70-223

T46. 

Beau Schoolcraft

72-73-78-223

T56. 

Derek Fribbs

73-76-76-225

T88. 

David Oraee

85-78-76-239

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1. 

Daniel Miernicki, Oregon

66-72-66-204

T2. 

Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA

67-74-68-209

T2. 

Sam Smith, USC

70-69-70-209

T2. 

Jay Hwang, UCLA

70-71-68-209

T5. 

Patrick Rodgers, Stanford

68-67-75-210

T5. 

Eugene Wong, Oregon

69-68-73-210

T5. 

Robbie Ziegler, Oregon

68-70-72-210

TEAM STANDINGS

1. 

Oregon

272-284-285-841

2. 

Southern California

279-285-278-842

3. 

Stanford

284-284-281-849

4. 

UCLA

277-291-284-852

5. 

Washington

280-300-283-863

6. 

San Diego State

285-293-295-873

7. 

Oregon State

287-303-292-882

8. 

San Jose State

294-303-287-884

9. 

COLORADO

292-300-293-885

9. 

Nevada

282-305-298-885

11. 

Washington State

294-297-296-887

12. 

San Francisco

285-306-299-890

13. 

Pepperdine

295-306-299--900

14. 

Fresno State

285-308-310-903

15. 

Utah

304-313-291-908

16. 

UC-Davis

287-314-312-913

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