UCCS finishes second at regional
LAKEWOOD -- Eric Winder and Kyle Logan each shot an even-par 71 Wednesday but it wasn't enough for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to overcome a disastrous second round and relegated the Mountain Lions to a second-place finish at the NCAA Division II Northwest Regional Golf Championship at Fox Hollow Golf Club.
After finishing Monday's first round one stroke out of first place with a 287, UCCS stumbled Tuesday with a round of 294, leaving the Mountain Lions with a 10-stroke deficit coming into Wednesday's final round. It proved to be too much ground to make up.
"The second round killed us," said Winder, who finished fifth individually with a three-round score of 2-over par 215. "We played awful the second round. Otherwise, we could have really hung in there.
"You have to play three rounds in these kinds of tournaments. Give a shot away here and a shot away there and it'll come back to bite you. That's exactly what happened."
While the biggest damage to the Mountain Lions' score came during the back nine on the more difficult Canyon Course (Fox Hollow has three nine-hole courses), UCCS junior Tyler Bishop said the real harm was done when the Mountain Lions failed to take advantage of the easier front nine.
"We started out of the Meadows, which was the easier of the two courses. We turned at even par and Western (New Mexico) turned at 6-under," said Bishop. "After that, we knew we had to gain ground and threw a lot of shots away."
After pressing Tuesday, the Mountain Lions came back to shoot a solid 286 in Wednesday's final round.
"The guys played extremely well today but it just wasn't enough," said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo. "We had a good season. We played in some difficult tournaments to prepare ourselves for this."
Western New Mexico led wire-to-wire, finishing with a three-round total of 855, 12 strokes ahead of UCCS. The Mustangs will represent the Northwest Region at the NCAA Division II Championships May 21-24 in Allendale, Mich.
The Mountain Lions twice closed to within seven strokes of the lead on Wednesday but were unable to maintain the pace.
UCCS was able to better Colorado State-Pueblo by five strokes, allowing the Mountain Lions to pass the Thunderwolves for second place. St. Cloud State took fourth.
Regis mounted a remarkable run in the third round. After posting team scores of 299 and 302 in the first two rounds, the Rangers shot a 4-under par 279, the best round posted by any team in the tournament.
CSU-Pueblo did have the tournament's individual winner as Andrew Hedrick finished at 5-under par. Hedrick qualified for nationals competing as an individual.
Bishop and Ross McDermott each shot a 1-over par 72 Wednesday, while Trent Daum shot a 76. It was the final tournament for Daum, who will graduate next week with degrees in Organizational Marketing and Management.
"It's been great," said Daum. "I made some good friends and I'll definitely remember this forever."
For Trujillo and the rest of the Mountain Lions, next season can't arrive too fast.
"We're already looking forward to getting started again," said Trujillo. "We've got a good lineup coming and the boys will be ready."
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