UCCS scores 27-stroke win at RMAC Invitational

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 26, 2006

Four University of Colorado at Colorado Springs golfers shot par or better Tuesday as the Mountain Lions scored a 27-stroke victory at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Invitational at Riverdale Dunes Golf Club in Brighton, Colo.

Ross McDermott shot a 3-under par 69 at the Mountain Lions shot 5-under par as a team, eight strokes better that their nearest competitor. That difference turned the comfortable lead built during Mondayâ€TMs two rounds into a blowout on Tuesday.

Tyler Bishop (71), Kyle Logan (71) and Trent Daum (72) all shot par or better for UCCS. Since only the top four scores in each round count towards the team score, the Mountain Lions discarded Eric Winderâ€TMs mark.

“We had to throw out a 74,” said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo of Winderâ€TMs score, which would have been among the top three for any other team.

Winder did have a nice consolation prize. He and Bishop ties Regisâ€TM Miles Philpy for top individual honors with a three-round score of 210, or 6-under par.

All five UCCS golfers were among the top 10. Logan was seventh at 216, McDermott was seventh at 217 and Daum was ninth at 218.

Making the win even more satisfying was that it came on a challenging course. Riverdale Dunes is a Pete Dye designed course that has hosted multiple Nike Tour events, the first of which was won by Stewart Cink.

“That was no pitch-and-putt place, that was a quality course,” said Trujillo. “One of the members told me, ‘Wow, you guys took what we think is a tough golf course and turned it into a birdie-fest.â€TM”

Western New Mexico was second, 27 strokes behind the Mountain Lions. Fort Lewis was 43 strokes back and Nebraska-Kearney was 51 strokes off the pace.

UCCS also captured another point in the Steel and Silver Series by virtue of its 64-stroke beating of Colorado State-Pueblo. The Mountain Lions now lead the rivalry series 4-2 for the 2006-07 season.

The tournament was the second of four that will determine the RMAC championship, both of which have been won by UCCS. The team with the best aggregate score from the four tournaments (two in the fall and two in the spring) will be the RMAC champion.

After fall play, UCCS leads second-place Western New Mexico by 48 strokes and third-place Fort Lewis by 57 strokes.

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