Wortmann helps UCCS hold onto fourth in Albuquerque

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 29, 2006

Chase Wortmann finished second overall to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a fourth-place finish at the Mustang Intercollegiate UNM Golf Championship on Tuesday at Albuquerque, N.M.

Wortmann shot a final-round 4-over par 76 that allowed him to leapfrog over a pair of Western New Mexico golfers, Chris Schofield and Jason Myers. The UCCS senior was six strokes back of tournament winner Steve Broker of Dixie State.

"Chase Wortmann was four shots back going into the final round and played well enough to take second place," said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo. "He's been playing consistent golf all year. The team was happy to see him get runner-up."

The Mountain Lions shot a final-round 311, their best of the tournament, to hold onto the fourth place position they held after Mondayâ€TMs first two rounds.

"I never imagined we would post the scores we did," said Trujillo. "We got off to a poor start in the opening round which proved to be too much to make up. The greens were hard and fast and we struggled trying to figure them out."

UCCS defeated Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals Regis, Colorado State-Pueblo, Colorado Mines, and Fort Lewis.

The win over CSU-Pueblo was particularly significant since it earned UCCS a point in the Steel and Silver Series. UCCS leads the series 18-10.

Host Western New Mexico won the tournament with a three-round score of 907. Dixie State was second at 911, while Division I New Mexico took third with a 933.

The Mountain Lionsâ€TM 948 was 15 strokes better than Regis, the closest RMAC competitor, and 35 strokes better than CSU-Pueblo.

Neil Huffaker shot UCCSâ€TM best round Tuesday with a 75, bringing his tournament total to 237 which tied him for 15th overall. David Hoffman and Eric Winder each added an 80, which gave them tournament totals of 239 and 250 respectively. Chris Smith had an 81 to finish at 247.

"We had three guys in the top twenty with Neil Huffaker in at 15th place and David Hoffman in 19th place," said Trujillo.

The Mountain Lionsâ€TM next competition will be on April 2-3 at the Regis Invitational, which will be held at Bear Creek Golf Club in Denver.

"We have to start playing better golf if we want to contend for the National Championship in May," said Trujillo. "Our starts have been slow and we haven't received the play that we need from some of our top players.

"With the weather improving and getting a chance to play more, I feel confident that the guys will start playing better. It's just a matter of time before we put together some wins."

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