Final round fade drops Mountain Lions to second

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 8, 2003

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs golf team picked up where it left off this past season by earning a second-place finish in the first tournament of 2002-03, the ASC Invitational on Monday.

CU-Colorado Springs posted a three-round score of 912, two strokes behind tournament winner Utah Valley State, which competes at the NCAA Division I level in golf. The Mountain Lions outdistanced the nearest Division II rival, Colorado State-Pueblo, by six strokes.

As good as the result was for the Mountain Lions, there was still considerable disappointment within the team for not winning the tournament. CU-Colorado Springs had a nine-stroke lead after the first two rounds, played Sunday at the Rio Grande Golf Club in South Fork, Colo., but faded badly in Mondayâ€TMs third round, which was held at Cattails Golf Club in Alamosa, Colo.

Junior transfer J.P. Wertz shot a tournament-best 69, two strokes off the course record, in Sundayâ€TMs first round to take an early individual lead. He followed with rounds of 77 and 78, however, and ended the tournament tied with Utah Valley Stateâ€TMs Jess Cooper and CSU-Puebloâ€TMs Travis Morton for third. Cole Nondorf of Fort Hays State shot a 213 to win the individual honors, six strokes ahead of second place Jeremy Lederer of Fort Lewis and 11 strokes better than the third-place group.

Mark Ruybalid was CU-Colorado Springsâ€TM second-best finisher, coming in tied for 15th with a 224. Chase Wortman was two strokes back and tied for 22nd, while Nick Van Etten and Pomakai Shishido were both at 24th with matching scores of 234.

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