Final-round surge secures Steel and Silver point

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 18, 2006

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs shot a 296 Tuesday, the second-best team score logged by any team, to climb to a third-place finish at the Northwest Region Spring Head-to-Head Tournament at Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.

The Mountain Lions, who had already secured a berth in the regional tournament by winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship, finished the regional qualifying tournaments with an aggregate score of 1,787. The next best qualifier, Regis, was 23 strokes back.

Since the Mountain Lions had already secured their place in the regional tournament, the biggest impact of Tuesdayâ€TMs surge was that they passed Colorado State-Pueblo. In doing so, they secured another point in the Steel and Silver Series. The golf team has now contributed five points in the rivalry series, which UCCS leads 22-13.

The Northwest Regional Tournament will be played May 1-3 at Vistal Golf Club in Phoenix, Ariz. UCCS, Regis, Colorado State-Pueblo, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State, Augustana, Nebraska-Kearney, Fort Lewis and North Dakota all qualified. The winner of the regional tournament will qualify to compete in the national championship tournament.

UCCSâ€TM Chase Wortmann shot a three-round score of 219, or 6-over par, to tie with St. Cloud Stateâ€TMs Chris Little for top individual honors. Neil Huffaker contributed a 223 for the Mountain Lions which placed him tied for sixth individually.

After a disappointing first two rounds, John Scott and Chris Smith were brilliant in Tuesdayâ€TMs final round. Each shot a 2-over par 73 to key UCCSâ€TM rise from sixth to third place.

Regis and St. Cloud State tied for first place in the Northwest Region Spring Head-to-Head tournament, eight strokes ahead of UCCS.

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