UCCS golf in fourth after two rounds in Albuquerque

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 27, 2006

Chase Wortmann shot a 6-over par 150 to help the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs hold onto fourth place after two rounds of the Mustang Intercollegiate UNM Golf Championship Monday at Albuquerque, N.M.

Wortmann enters Tuesdayâ€TMs final round in fourth place overall, four strokes behind leader Chris Schofield of Western New Mexico.

The Mountain Lions shot a disappointing 324 in Mondayâ€TMs first round as just three strokes separated the fourth-through-eighth place teams.

"We got off to a poor start in the opening round which proved to be too much to make up," said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo. "The greens were hard and fast and we struggled trying to figure them out."

UCCS came back in the afternoon round to post a 313 and build a nine-stroke cushion between itself and fifth-place Regis.

Host Western New Mexico, which will become a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference next year, leads the tournament by a decisive 16-stroke margin over second-place Dixie State. Division I New Mexico is third, with the Mountain Lions lurking nine strokes behind.

UCCSâ€TM other four golfers, David Hoffman, Neil Huffaker, Chris Smith and Eric Winder all showed improvement from the first round to the second. Hoffman shaved three strokes off his first-round 81 to finish the day at 159, which tied him for 16th overall. Huffaker and Smith each shot a second-round score of 80, which marked a two- and four-stroke improvement respectively. Winder came in at 89 and 81.

UCCS had the best first day of the six RMAC schools competing. Regis is in fifth, Colorado Mines is seventh, Colorado State-Pueblo is eighth, Fort Lewis is 10th and Colorado Christian is 13th. Adams State entered three players but is not competing as a team.

Should the Mountain Lions beat CSU-Pueblo, over which they currently hold a 16-stroke lead, they will earn UCCS a point in the Steel and Silver Series. UCCS currently holds a 17-10 lead in the rivalry series between the schools.

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