Golf team fades to 11th

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 11, 2004

On Friday, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs golf team learned that it could hang with the big boys. On Saturday, the Mountain Lions learned how much room is still left for improvement.

CU-Colorado Springs shot a disappointing 305 Saturday in the final round of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the Air Force Academy, dropping the Mountain Lions from eighth place, where they stood after the first two rounds, to 11th.

While the lackluster third round was not they way coach Phil Trujillo would have scripted it, he was far from unhappy with his teamâ€TMs performance.

“We were in good shape after the first day â€" the guys played well. To be in a Division I tournament and be in the top 10, thatâ€TMs pretty good,” said Trujillo. “I though weâ€TMd have a lot left in us today. I thought weâ€TMd go out there and play extremely well as a team and maybe move up a spot or two.”

Instead, the Mountain Lions couldnâ€TMt buy a break, as witnessed by Joe Salibaâ€TMs 18th hole. After a good drive, his approach shot was six inches away from being perfect. Those six inches were costly, though, as the ball bounced off a rise in front of the green and left Saliba with a tricky downhill chip shot. The chip nearly went in the hole, then rolled slowly past it, caught a swale and rolled 12 feet further. He two-putted for bogey.

Saliba shot a 3-over par 74 to lead the Mountain Lions on Saturday. His three-round score of 229 tied him for 51st overall and fourth among CU-Colorado Springs golfers.

John Scott, who was participating as an individual but not as a part of the CU-Colorado Springs team, matched Salibaâ€TMs 74 Saturday and finished the tournament at 224, which was good for 32nd.

Neal Huffaker led the five-man CU-Colorado Springs team entry with a 225. Mark Ruybalid and Trent Daum were both at 228, while Chase Wortmann was at 236.

CU-Colorado Springsâ€TM Adam Jardon (236) competed, like Scott, as an individual.

“Itâ€TMs good to get started at a D-I tournament because we can see really where weâ€TMre at,” said Ruybalid, a junior who has competed in many big tournaments as a Mountain Lion. “We can only get better by playing in big events.”

Trujillo felt the tournament served its purpose â€" to get his team tuned up for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships, which will begin Sept. 19 in Kearney, Neb.

“We have a lot of work to do,” said Trujillo, adding that there would be a qualifying round or two next week to determine who will be the five players to compete at the conference tournament. “The guys are fit â€" theyâ€TMve been working out and playing hard. Weâ€TMll go to the RMACs next week and hopefully have a good tournament.”

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