Golf wins RMAC Championship

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 27, 2005

Led by Chase Wortmannâ€TMs 4-under par 67 in Tuesdayâ€TMs third and final round, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs won its third Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Menâ€TMs Golf Championship in the past six years.

The Mountain Lions also won conference titles in 2000 and 2002. The only other UCCS teams to win RMAC championships were womenâ€TMs tennis in 1999 and softball in 2004.

It was Wortmannâ€TMs third consecutive under-par round. The senior from Grand Junction finished the tournament at 8-under par (205) and was named RMAC Player of the Year.

“(Wortmannâ€TMs) focus, his concentration and his club selection were just outstanding,” said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo.

“I recruited (Wortmann) when we were playing in back-to-back national championships,” added Trujillo, referring to the 2002-03 and the 2003-04 Mountain Lions teams. “He learned from the guys on those teams what it takes to compete at that level.”

Regis finished second, 12 strokes behind UCCS. Colorado State-Pueblo took third, 18 strokes back.

Topping CSU-Pueblo had added significance. UCCS now leads the Thunderwolves 6-0 in the Steel and Silver Series, a season-long competition between the two rivals.

Besides Wortmannâ€TMs tournament-best 67, three other UCCS golfers (Chris Smith, Alex Kephart and Kyle Logan) shot 2-over par 73s as UCCS was six strokes better on the day than its nearest competitor.

“We knew we couldnâ€TMt sit back and wait (Tuesday),” said Trujillo. “We had to attack.”

Smith was second among the Mountain Lions with a three-round score of 216 (3-over par).

“Chris Smith had a tough tournament last week at Gothenburg (Neb.), then came back to take second in our qualifying round,” said Trujuillo. “He grinded it out through three rounds to finish in the top seven.”

That finish earned Smith All-RMAC recognition.

But for the Mountain Lions to hold their lead in the final round, they needed at least one of their freshmen (Logan and Kephart) to step up. Instead, both did.

“I couldnâ€TMt be happier with the play of our freshmen,” said Trujillo.

Trujillo has been looking for consistency from his team. He got it as the Mountain Lions shot rounds of 286 and 285 Monday and 286 Tuesday. Reaching that consistency week in and week out is still a work in progress, but Trujillo likes where his team is.

“Each year I try to add players that can contribute immediately and push the upperclassmen,” said Trujillo. “Weâ€TMre so deep now, our qualifiers are as competitive as the tournaments themselves.”

2005 All-RMAC Menâ€TMs Golf Team

Chase Wortmann, UC-Colorado Springs
Willie Edwards, Adams State
Mark Vallee, Colorado Mines
Andrew Hedrick, Colorado State-Pueblo
Chris Sylvia, Regis
Colin Tucker, Colorado Christian
Chris Smith, UC-Colorado Springs

RMAC Player of the Year: Chase Wortmann, UC-Colorado Springs
RMAC Freshman of the Year: Willie Edwards, Adams State

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