Golf beats Division I school en route to 16th-place finish

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 11, 2005

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs golf team shot a final-round 301 to surge past Division I San Francisco and into 16th place at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational Sunday.

John Scott shot a 1-over par 73 to lead the Mountain Lions on Sunday, but it was Chase Wortmannâ€TMs three-round score of 221 that was UCCSâ€TM best for the tournament. Eric Winder was second among Mountain Lions golfers at 228, followed by Scott and Alex Kephart at 229 and Ross McDermott at 240.

Host Air Force shot an 868 to win the tournament, which was held at the academyâ€TMs Eisenhower Blue Course. Weber State was second, four stroke behind, and Long Beach State was third, seven strokes back.

The Mountain Lions finished just six strokes behind 15th-place Air Force JV, seven strokes behind Utah Valley State and eight strokes behind Gonzaga and Idaho State, which were tied for 12th.

It could have been better for UCCS had it not been for a poor start. The Mountain Lions shot a dismal 311 in the first round Saturday before coming back with a 295 that afternoon.

“We started off slow in the morning with tough conditions. The wind was blowing and the greens were extremely fast,” said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo. “I thought the team should have been able to post a better overall team score than 311. That set us back and made it too difficult to climb back in.

“The afternoon round showed that we can play with Division I teams. The guys put together some good rounds and got our confidence back.”

UCCS golfers David Hoffman (228), Mark Ruybalid (241) and J.P. Werta (242) also competed, but were not attached to a team.

“We had some good play from Chase in the (Saturday) afternoon round shooting 69 and from John Scott in the final round with a 73,” said Trujillo. “Freshman Alex Kephart played consistent and we counted all three of his rounds. Eric Winder shot 2 over in second round.”

The Falcon Invitational provided UCCS with a good tunup going into the fall regional qualifier.

“(We) hope to come back with our first win of the year,” said Trujillo. “The guys are confident and looking forward to playing a good golf course.”

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