Lions take fifth at Mines/Regis Invitational

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 4, 2005

A 25-stroke second round improvement wasnâ€TMt enough to keep the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs golf team from slipping to a fifth-place finish at the Colorado School of Mines/Regis Invitational Monday.

John Scott, Neil Huffaker, Adam Jardon and Mark Ruybalid all shot 78 or better as the Mountain Lions posted a second-round score of 300 at the Fox Hollow Golf Club after shooting 325 in the first round at Bear Creek Golf Club.

“Bear Creek is a lot of golf course for anyone. It was even tougher with the wind blowing,” said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo. “Fox Hollow is an easier layout. Itâ€TMs not as tight.”

Scott shot a 77 in the first round, only two strokes off the individual lead, as UCCS finished Sundayâ€TMs first round in fourth place and just three strokes behind Fort Hays State and Colorado Mines for second. Division I Northern Colorado shot a 309 to take a comfortable lead over the Division II field.

Jardon showed the resilience desired of a senior in shooting a 12-over par 84 after struggling on the front nine.

“Adam Jardon is playing really well,” said Trujillo. “He shot one-over on the back side at Bear Creek. He had to take a couple of penalty shots on the front.”

Fort Hays State took firm control of second place by shooting 5-over par in Mondayâ€TMs round. The Mountain Lions were in the running for third before having some bad breaks down the stretch.

“John Scott had to take a penalty stroke on the last hole because he his into an environmental area,” said Trujillo.

Regis finished third with a two-round score of 620. Nebraska-Kearney was at 622 and UCCS was at 625.

“Itâ€TMs the best we have played as a team so far this season,” said Trujillo. “I really thought that a couple of the guys would play a shot or two better, which would have put us right there.”

Trujillo is confident that his team will find those extra strokes before heading the North Central Region Spring Head-to-Head Tournament on April 17-19 at Lincoln, Neb. A solid performance there will qualify the Mountain Lions for the NorWest Super Regional and a shot at nationals.

“This is the most sleep Iâ€TMve had after a tournament this year,” said Trujillo. “I feel real confident going into the final head-to-head.”

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