Golf team helps UCCS extend Steel and Silver lead
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs extended its lead over Colorado State-Pueblo in the Steel and Silver Series Saturday as the Mountain Lions golf team took third place at the Air Force JV Invitational.
The Thunderwolves finished in a tie for sixth. UCCS now leads the rivalry series 9-2.
Coming off a tough tournament in 100-degree Arizona heat on Monday and Tuesday, UCCS coach Phil Trujillo opted to play his â€˜Bâ€TM team this weekend. Of the players who teed it up for the Mountain Lions on Friday and Saturday, only Eric Winder had appeared as a member of the squad in a tournament previously this season.
UCCS was in second place after a first-round score of 292 Friday, but the team faded badly in the second round that afternoon, posting a 308. The Mountain Lions recovered somewhat in Saturdayâ€TMs third round with a 299.
Division I Northern Colorado won the tournament with a 1-over par 865. Fort Lewis took second at 897, while UCCS was third at 899.
â€œA few shots here and there would have made the difference,â€ said UCCS junior Neil Huffaker. â€œThatâ€TMs how golf is. A few shots better is always the difference.â€
Huffaker was the Mountain Lionsâ€TM top finisher, shooting an even-par 216, which tied him with Fort Lewisâ€TM Luke Tanner for third overall.
â€œI played well the first round,â€ said Huffaker. â€œI think I got ahead of myself the second and third round. Instead of thinking about the shot I was taking, I was looking ahead.â€
Winder was tied for 15th at 225, while Joe Saliba shot a 229, Trent Daum came in at 230 and Barry Cornella was at 238.
Northern Colorado swept the top two individual spots as Tom Gempel shot a 5-under par 211 and Jordan Andrew shot a 214.
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