UCCS leads regional qualifier after two rounds

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 19, 2005

The Mountain Lions will likely go into the third round of the fall regional qualifier with something they havenâ€TMt had in a while â€" a lead.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs held a seven-stroke lead after the first round of the Northwest Region Fall Head-to-head Tournament. The second round, also played on Monday, was suspended prior to completion because of darkness with three teams, North Dakota, Fort Lewis and Fort Hays State, still on the course. Of those three, only North Dakota, which trailed the Mountain Lions by eight strokes after the first round, has a chance to whittle away the UCCS lead.

“Itâ€TMs a good start,” said UCCS senior Chase Wortmann. “I hope it just gets better.”

The Mountain Lions finished the second round at 584, or 8-over par.

“Itâ€TMs a European-style links course,” said Wortmann of the 6,955-yard Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg, Neb. “Itâ€TMs been a good fit for our game.”

Of the teams that finished the second round, Northern Colorado was closest to UCCS at 592. The Division I Bears, however, are not competing as part of the regional qualifier. Minnesota State Mankato, which represented the Northwest Region at nationals a year ago, ended Round 2 in third place at 595.

The top eight teams, by cumulative score, from the fall and spring qualifying tournaments will compete at the Northwest Regional in late April or early May. The winner of the regional advances to the national championship tournament.

UCCSâ€TM Kyle Logan shot a 3-under par 141 Monday to lead the tournament. Teammate Chase Wortmann was tied for second at even par.

Wortmann points to the Mountain Lionsâ€TM depth as the key to their success.

“We have a lot of players this year and a lot of competition,” said Wortmann. “The guys know that of they donâ€TMt perform, thereâ€TMs someone else is waiting to take over.”

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