UCCS wins first regional qualifier
Each season, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has two primary goals. The first is to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship. The second is to qualify for the NCAA Division II Northwest Regional Tournament.
The Mountain Lions took a giant step towards achieving the second of those goals on Tuesday by winning the Northwest region Fall Head-to-Head Tournament at Loggers Trail Golf Club in Stillwater, Minn.
Eric Winder shot a team-best 74 in Tuesdayâ€TMs third round as the Mountain Lions surged ahead of the pack. UCCS was tied for fifth after Mondayâ€TMs first-round score of 316. That afternoon, however, the Mountain Lions carded a tournament-best 305 to climb into second, one stroke behind Fort Lewis.
In abysmal conditions, the Mountain Lions added a 307 in Tuesdayâ€TMs round to secure a 10-stroke win over second-place St. Cloud State. Fort Lewis finished third, 14 strokes off the pace.
â€œWe had our typical slow start,â€ said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo by phone, â€œbut we came back in the second round to trail by one.
â€œThen we closed the door.â€
Considering the weather, a closed door was a good idea. The thermometer read 48 degrees, but sideways rain made the scene more like Fairbanks than fairways.
â€œThese were the worst conditions Iâ€TMve ever seen for a golf tournament,â€ said Trujillo.
Tyler Bishop led UCCS with a three-round score of 222, which tied him for third overall. Winder was ninth at 231, while Ross McDermott took 13th at 234, Kyle Logan was 26th at 238 and Trent Daum was 26th at 240.
Colorado State-Puebloâ€TMs Andrew Hedrick won individual honors with a 6-over oar 222. St. Cloud Stateâ€TMs Travis Ross (227) was second, while Fort Lewisâ€TM Eric Trujillo tied Bishop for third.
For UCCS, the win was the first of four steps needed to qualify for regionals. The second will come at the RMAC Invitational, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at Brightonâ€TMs Riverdale Dunes Golf Club. The third and fourth qualifiers will be played in the spring. The eight teams with the lowest aggregate scores in those four tournaments will qualify for the regional tournament on May 7-8.
The Mountain Lions also gained a point in the Steel and Silver rivalry series against Colorado State-Pueblo. UCCS leads the series 3-2.
The RMAC title will also be awarded to the conference team with the lowest aggregate score in the same four tournaments, making the two goals nearly one in the same this season.
Achieve those, and winning the regional â€" which means a berth in the national championship tournament â€" is the next target. Trujillo and the Mountain Lions, who were voted No. 1 in the RMAC preseason poll, think thatâ€TMs a reasonable aspiration if they can continue to play the way they did in the second and third rounds on the head-to-head.
â€œGetting voted by the coaches as the preseason No. 1 is nice,â€ said Trujillo. â€œBut then you have to go out and show them why they voted that way.â€
So far, so good.
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