Golf: UCCS Shines Against Division I Field at Falcon Invitational

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 8, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS -- David Cosel shot a blistering 7-under par 137 over the first two rounds of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational Saturday to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs into fifth place going into Sunday's final round.

Cosel, a transfer from Division I Kansas playing his first tournament as a Mountain Lion, shot a 4-under par 68 during the morning round and a 3-under par 69 in the afternoon. The format, like most collegiate golf tournaments, had the competitors playing two rounds on the first day, in this case Saturday, and one on the second day.

Cosel finished the day tied for second place individually, just two strokes behind tournament leader Chris Baker of Iowa State.

UCCS, the only non-Division I school participating in the event, shot a team score of 2-over par 578, six strokes better than sixth-place Colorado State and seven strokes ahead of seventh-place California. Utah, New Mexico, Weber State and Northern Iowa re all tied for eighth at 586.

Only Texas-El Paso (556), Wichita State (566), Iowa State (569) and Xavier (570) finished ahead of the Mountain Lions on Saturday.

Todd Napikowski, who, like Cosel, is a first-year transfer at UCCS, was second among the Mountain Lions and 10th overall at 141 (3-under par). Napikowski came to UCCS from New Mexico State.

Both Cosel and Napikowski went to Colorado Springs-area high schools; Cosel to Lewis-Palmer and Napikowski to Coronado.

Tyler Bishop was third among UCCS golfers at 148, while David Hoffman shot a 152 and Brian Morfield finished with a 161.

Sunday's final round is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. at the Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Golf Course (Blue).

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