Golf team qualifies for regionals
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs needed a solid performance at the Northwest Region Spring Head-to-Head Tournament to assure a spot in regionals.
The Mountain Lions shot a 301 Tuesday, the third best round managed by any team in any of the three rounds at Firethorn Country Club in Lincoln, Neb., to overtake St. Cloud State for second place. The strong showing landed UCCS a spot at the NCAA Division II NorWest Regional, which will be held May 2-4 at Dakota Dunes Country Club in Dakota Dunes, S.D.
â€œI told them we would have to shoot 300 (in the final round) to give us a chance,â€ said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo. â€œThe guys played very well and we'll take that momentum into the SuperRegional.â€
The Mountain Lions finished the first two rounds, which were both played Monday, in third place behind Minnesota State and St. Cloud State. UCCS shot 310 in each round as difficult conditions kept scores high.
â€œThe conditions were horrible,â€ said Trujillo. â€œ(There were) 40mph gusts, pouring down rain (sideways) and constant wind blowing making it difficult to figure out what to hit.â€
Tuesday, though, every UCCS golfer shot 79 or better as the Mountain Lions surged into second. They finished just two strokes out of first place.
St. Cloud State hung on for third place. Fort Lewis took fourth, CSU-Pueblo fifth and Regis sixth.
With a spot in the regional tournament sewn up, the Mountain Lions now set their sights on qualifying for nationals. They will likely need to win the regional to qualify, since itâ€TMs unlikely that a Northwest Region team will grab an at-large berth.
Chase Wortmann and Trent Daum each shot 74 to lead UCCSâ€TM Tuesday charge. John Scott (76), Adam Jardon (77) and Joe Saliba (79) all shot sub-80 rounds as well. The lowest four scores from each round are added together to determine the team score. Daumâ€TMs good round was pivotal after he struggled on Monday, carding an 81 and an 86.
â€œTrent was battling a cold but I knew he would give us at least one good round and he did on the final day,â€ said Trujillo. â€œWe're getting consistent play out of Adam Jardon and John Scott. (There were) too many mistakes for Joe Saliba, otherwise he put together some good rounds.â€
Wortmann shot a three-round score of 226 to finish tied for sixth individually in the 65-golfer field.
â€œChase is always a threat to go low for us and he put together a great tournament,â€ said Trujillo. â€œHe shot 33 on the back in the final round with some very difficult pins.â€
Scott carded a 230 to tie for 13th, while Jardon was one stroke back in a tie for 16th.
The strong showing by the Mountain Lions validated the confidence Trujillo felt after the Regis Invitational on April 4.
â€œI felt good after our tournament in Denver,â€ said Trujillo. â€œI knew we were close and getting better. I could see this coming.â€
Should the Mountain Lions continue their rise and win the regional, they will compete at nationals, which will be held in Savannah, Ga. on May 17-20.
â€œNot getting ahead of ourselves, but we have Georgia on our minds,â€ said Trujillo. â€œIt's our second to most important goal of the year. Our first goal is having a 3.0 team GPA and second is competing for the national championship.â€
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