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Junior Beau Schoolcraft was a one-man wrecking crew on the CU record book in Scottsdale this week.
Golfers Finish Second In Wyoming Cowboy Classic
Release: April 10, 2012
By: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
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      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The University of Colorado men's golf team held off several pursuers while leaping ahead of two others here Tuesday in finishing second in the 10th Annual Wyoming Cowboy Classic.

      Kansas State, tied for the lead after two rounds and ahead of the Buffaloes by seven, won the event with a 14-under par 826 team score, staving off CU which closed to within two strokes in tallying a 12-under 828.  Two-round co-leader San Diego (833), Texas Tech (834) and Colorado State (834) rounded out the top five.  Just 10 strokes separated fourth and 13th place, or 10 positions, heading into the final 18 holes, and in the end, only 10 strokes was the difference between first and eighth.

      Colorado was in fourth entering the final round with those nine teams breathing down its neck and was second after 18 holes, when it recorded a school-record 270 (10-under) on the 7,133-yard, par-70 Talking Stick North Golf Club course. 

      The rise back into second enabled the Buffs to post its third top-two finishes this season, the fifth time that has occurred in major tournaments in program history.  The Buffs opened the season with a pair of wins, so now this year joins similar accomplishments in 1979-80 (one win, two seconds), 1980-81 (one, three), 1983-84 (one, two) and 2008-09 (one, four).

      Colorado's 12-under 828 total is the second best gross score for a 54-hole tournament in school history, behind only an 825 (-39) in the 2008 Denver-Ron Moore Invitational, and shattered the previous best on a par-70, a pair of 844 scores (1983 Wyoming Cowboy Invitational and 2007 Hawai'i-Hilo Intercollegiate).  The 12-under is the seventh best tournament score in relation to par in Buff golf history; three of those seven have occurred during the 2011-12 season.

      The Buffs' first round score here, 270 (10-under), broke a 33-year old school record for the best team score for a single round on a par-70 layout  (1979 Oklahoma City All-College Golf Classic).

      Junior Beau Schoolcraft closed things out with an even-par 70 in the third round, giving him a 9-under 201 score which tied him for third place.  That was the best 54-hole gross score in CU history, besting three previous 204 totals, two on par-72 courses (John Lindberg in the 1989 BYU Cougar Classic and Patrick Grady in the 2008 DU-Moore) and one on a par-71 layout (Lindberg in the 1987 Robertson Homes Invitational in Stockton, Calif.).  The 9-under is tied for the seventh best score in relation to par in Buff annals; Schoolcraft owns one of the six ahead his performance here, his season opening minus-11 effort in the CU-Mark Simpson Invitational. 

      The previous best 54-hole score for a par-70 course in school history was 205 (5-under), held by Grady, Kane Webber and Michael Baird.  Schoolcraft's opening 6-under 64 on Monday marked the fifth time in school history a player shot under 65, while his 131 gross score after 36 holes the best two round total in CU annals, besting 132 done by Lindberg in 1987at the Robertson event and by himself in the Simpson Invitational.

      Schoolcraft thought he had a balanced game here and really couldn't pinpoint what he did the best.  "It's hard to say, but keeping it out of the desert," he said.  "My tee balls were good, because if you're off line, you can lose a lot that way.  I thought all parts of my game were steady.  I had my chances to make a few birdies today, but just couldn't capitalize.  My speed was good, just didn't convert like I did yesterday."  In fact, for his final round, he scored 18 pars.

      Junior Derek Fribbs shot CU's best round Tuesday, a 4-under 66 that enabled him to jump from 51st into a tie for 17th with a 2-under 208 scorecard.  Junior Jason Burstyn was next with a 3-under 67, as he rose from 44th to match Fribbs' 208 and similar standing in the 122-man field.

      Senior Kevin Kring was the only Buff who really struggled in the final round, but still muddied through for a 5-over 75, giving him a 216 total (6-over) that tied him for 62nd.  He had a team-best 40 pars for the meet, tied for the sixth most in the field.

      Freshman David Oraee closed things with a 3-over 73, his 221 total tying him for 83rd.  He opened strong here, with his first round 67 matching the CU record for the low gross score by a freshman.

      Colorado's five scorers had one eagle, 41 birdies and a tournament best 191 pars over the course of 270 holes in the event.

      Freshman John Ahern participated here as an individual, tying for 92nd with an 11-over 221 total; his final round even par 70 was the best of his brief collegiate career (six rounds to date).

      Colorado State's Mike Wuertz and Kansas State's Ben Juffer tied for medalist honors, each posting impressive 12-under 198 totals.

      "This was absolutely a great tune-up (for the conference championship)," head coach Roy Edwards said.  "I couldn't be prouder of our team.  It was pretty tightly bunched behind us, and they competed their tails off as every stroke mattered in the end. 

      "This was a really important tournament for us, and the guys came out and had a good week and really enjoyed themselves," he continued.  "As we competed throughout the spring, I believe we improved in every tournament along the way.  This is when you want things coming together and looking forward to playing your best."

      The Buffs will now turn their attention to their first title meet in their new conference, as Colorado will compete in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship, April 27-29 in Corvallis, Ore.  The Buffs have faced 10 of the other 11 schools during the course of the regular season and are 10-24 overall; in the latest national rankings, the Pac-12 had five of the top eight and six of the top 12 schools in the country.

      Schoolcraft, who transferred to CU from UCLA, played in the Pac-10 championship as a true freshman in 2009.  He's hopeful he can relay the type of experience his new teammates will engage in just over two weeks.

      "I'm sure the rest of the guys like myself are excited to see what we can do in the Pac-12," he said.  "All of our games are starting to round into form, and whatever experience I can bring I am glad to help out and relay those to them.  We want our best golf coming up when it really matters."

      Colorado went 21-1 against Division I teams competing here, and improved to 91-66-4 against D-I schools this year; to be eligible for the postseason, schools must have at least a .500 record or better against Division I competition.  The Buffaloes have clinched meeting that criteria, so now it will come down to strength of schedule in comparison to like teams.  Including the upcoming Pac-12s, CU likely will have played in at least three of the toughest 15 tournaments this season. 

 

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS (*-played individually)

T3.  

Beau Schoolcraft

64-67-70--201

 

T17.  

Jason Burstyn

69-72-67--208

 

T17.  

Derek Fribbs

70-72-66--208

 

T62.  

Kevin Kring

70-71-75--216

 

T83.  

David Oraee

67-79-73--219

 

T92.  

*John Ahern

74-77-70--221

 
 

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

T1.  

Ben Juffer, Kansas State

65-66-67--198

T1.  

Mike Wuertz, Colorado State

64-64-70--198

T3.  

Beau Schoolcraft, Colorado

64-67-70--201

T3.  

Rafael Becker, Wichita State

67-66-68--201

T5.  

Kevin Lucas, Nevada

67-66-69--202

T5.  

Chris Gilbert, Kansas

66-70-66--202

 

 

TEAM STANDINGS

1.  

Kansas State

268-277-281-826

2.  

Colorado

270-282-276-828

3.  

San Diego

272-273-284-829

4.  

Texas Tech

275-281-277-833

5.  

Colorado State

277-270-287-834

T6.  

Kansas

280-281-275-836

T6.  

Wichita State

279-296-271-836

T6.  

Arizona

274-281-281-836

9.  

Old Dominion

275-289-278-842

10.  

Air Force

281-280-282-843

11.  

Nevada

280-281-284-845

12.  

UC-Davis

283-286-278-847

T13.  

Wyoming

285-274-289-848

T13.  

UC-Santa Barbara

292-278-278-848

15.  

Gonzaga

277-282-294-853

16.  

Arizona State

281-281-293-855

17.  

Northern Colorado

275-292-289-856

18.  

Boise State

282-280-296-858

19.  

New Mexico State

277-291-295-863

20.  

Santa Clara

282-301-288-871

21.  

Weber State

287-288-299-874

22.  

CSU-Northridge

290-295-295-880

23.  

Utah State

287-289-309-885

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