Improved second round still leaves UCCS far from goal

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 2, 2006

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs golf team improved in the second round of the Northwest Regional Tournament Tuesday, posting the fourth-best round on the day. That improvement wasnâ€TMt enough, however, to prevent the Mountain Lions from falling almost impossibly distant from the real goal â€" a berth in the National Championship.

UCCS shot a 300 Tuesday at The Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix, a 10-stroke improvement over Mondayâ€TMs first round. While the improvement was encouraging, tournament leader St. Cloud State shot a 285 to put the Mountain Lions a distant 28 strokes out of the lead. For UCCS to qualify for nationals, it will take a magnificent third round combined with a complete collapse by St. Cloud State and second-place Regis.

One redeeming factor was that the Mountain Lions moved into a seventh-place tie with Colorado State-Pueblo, meaning Wednesdayâ€TMs third round will decide which school will get the final Steel and Silver Series point for golf. UCCS leads the rivalry series 22-15 with one point remaining for golf and from 0-4 points at stake in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Softball Tournament this weekend. Five points will be awarded for the school with the highest cumulative student-athlete grade-point average.

Neil Huffaker led the Mountain Lions Tuesday with a 1-over par 72. The junior is tied for seventh overall at 146 going into the final round. Kyle Logan and Chase Wortmann are tied for second among UCCS players at 150, while John Scott and Chris Smith rebounded from poor first rounds to shoot 76 and 79 respectively.

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