UCCS leads final regional qualifier

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 16, 2007

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs finds itself poised to win both the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship and the top seed at the regional tournament.

Eric Winder shot two rounds at 1-over par 73 Tuesday and teammate Kyle Logan carded a 73 and a 74 to lead the Mountain Lions to the lead after two rounds at the NCAA Division II Northwest Region Spring Head-to-Head Tournament at The Pinery Country Club in Parker, Colo.

UCCS shot a team score of 592 and enters Tuesday's final round with a five-stroke lead over second place Western New Mexico. St. Cloud State and Colorado State-Pueblo are in third place, nine strokes off the pace.

The top eight teams, determined by the aggregate scores of the two regional head-to-head tournaments, will advance to the Northwest Region Championships on May 7-9 at Denver. The winner of that tournament qualifies for the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament on May 22-25 at Allendale, Mich.

The Mountain Lions won the first regional qualifier, building a 10-stroke lead over second-place St. Cloud State and 14 strokes over third place Fort Lewis. That means UCCS enters Tuesday's final round with leading second-place St. Cloud State by 23 strokes.

Although in a strong position to earn the top seed, qualifying for the regional should be a moot point. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champion gets an automatic bid to the regional and the Mountain Lions now lead the race for the RMAC championship by 52 strokes over second-place Western New Mexico. The RMAC championship is decided by the aggregate score of four tournaments, the last of which is the Northwest Region Spring Head-to-Head.

Winder's performance Monday put him in third place individually, two strokes behind leader Mark Vallee of Colorado Mines and one stroke behind Colorado State-Pueblo's Andrew Hedrick.

Logan enters the final round in a four-way tie for fourth place. UCCS teammate Tyler Bishop is in 11th at 149, while Ross McDermott and Trent Daum each shot 153.

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