Golf team finds consistency at regional tournament

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 2, 2003

CU-Colorado Springs golf coach Phil Trujillo has made no secret of his opinion that the only thing keeping his young team from challenging the lofty standards set by last yearâ€TMs squad is consistency. Tuesday, the Mountain Lions made his assertion look prophetic.

CU-Colorado Springs led all teams with a 299 in the third and final round of the Northwest Region Fall Head-to-Head tournament at Lochland Country Club at Hastings, Neb. With it, the Mountain Lions tied for second place overall with a three-round score of 892, just one stroke behind tournament winner South Dakota State.

The Mountain Lions had a chance to win the tournament when Nick Van Etten had a 6-foot putt for birdie on hole No. 18. Van Etten, trying to hole the putt, stroked it too hard, giving himself a hard-breaking 3 1/2 footer for par. He ended up with a bogie.

"I told the guys that everybody had a hole like that over the course of the tournament," said Trujillo. "It wasn't all on Nick."

Good things happened as well. Trent Daum rolled in a 30-footer on No. 18 without which CU-Colorado Springs would have finished third.

"Throughout a round, a lot of things happen," said Trujillo. "We're getting to the point where we're making positive things happen."

But it was consistency that led CU-Colorado Springsâ€TM third-round charge, during which it made up six strokes to tie Augustana for second. Only two strokes separated the Mountain Lionsâ€TM top scorers from its bottom scorers.

Chase Wortman and Van Etten led the comeback by shooting 2-over par 74s. Daum chimed in with a 75, while Mark Ruybalid and Pomakai Shishido each shot 76. The high score of 76 in particularly impressive when you consider that no other team had its highest scorer for any round come in lower that 78. Further, the Mountain Lions were the only team not to have at least one golfer score in the 80s during any round of the tournament.

"The way the guys played in that last round and the way they handled themselves and played, I'm very proud of the way they fought back in it," said Trujillo.

Wortman was CU-Colorado Springsâ€TM low scorer for the tournament with a three-round tally of 223, good for 12th overall. Daum was one stroke behind, Ruybalid and Van Etten were two strokes back, and Shishido was four strokes out.

Shishidoâ€TMs score of 227 was not only good for 25th overall, but was also eight strokes better than any other teamâ€TMs fifth-place golfer.

"The kids grew up fast this fall," said Trujillo. "In the past, we had three players (Jon Olson, Marc Hocking and Nick Babl) that we could rely on. Now, they're starting to realize that theirs are the scores we have to count on."

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