Mountain Lions take a step backward

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 5, 2004

Nick Van Ettenâ€TMs first-round 75 was the best score shot posted by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as the Mountain Lions finished a disappointing 16th Tuesday at the Grand Canyon Fall Invitational at Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz.

Van Ettenâ€TMs 75 came during Mondayâ€TMs first round when CU-Colorado Springs shot a team score of 306. The Mountain Lions shot another 306 in the second round, then slipped to 312 â€" tied for the second-worst score of the tournament â€" in the final round.

Cal State-Bakersfield posted 1 12-under par 852 to win the tournament. Western Washington was second, three strokes back. The Mountain Lions showed how much theyâ€TMll need to improve to compete on the regional stage by finishing 72 strokes off the pace.

Mark Ruybalid finished 61st among the 90-golfer field, the best finish by a CU-Colorado Springs player. Van Etten was one stroke behind at 230, while Neil Huffaker posted a 231. Freshman Eric Winder shot a 237, good for 81st place, in his first collegiate tournament and Joe Saliba shot a 239.

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