Golf: Seventh-Place Finish Bodes Well for Season Ahead
COLORADO SPRINGS - In 2001-02, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs golf team finished with its highest-ever national ranking -- eighth. During that season, the Mountain Lions spent the winter, a full three months, ranked No. 1 nationally.
That remarkable run was set in motion when UCCS posted an amazing, and unexpected, fifth-place finish at the Division I-dominated Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational to open the season.
With that in mind, those who believe in portents would be well advised to keep an eye on the NCAA Division II national rankings over the next few weeks after the Mountain Lions took seventh at the same tournament, which ended Sunday at the Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Golf Course (Blue).
The Mountain Lions defeated Division I schools Colorado State, New Mexico, Northern Iowa, Air Force, Weber State, Southern Utah, Sacramento State, Wyoming, Northern Colorado and Utah State.
"We beat some very, very good teams," said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo. "This was a good tournament for us."
And it might have been even more impressive. UCCS went into Sunday's play in fifth place but shot 297 to slip to seventh.
"We had a little hiccup today," said Trujillo. "It would have been nice to hold onto fifth place."
Bian Morfield, who did not card a scoring round while dealing with an aching back during the first two rounds Saturday, shot a 2-under par 70 Sunday to lead UCCS. In NCAA play, only the top four scores count towards the team score.
Todd Napikowski and David Cosel shot rounds of 74 and 78 Sunday to finish tied for 13th for the tournament at 215 (1-under par). Tyler Bishop finished with a three-round score of 223, while David Hoffman finished at 232.
Wichita State's Ryan Spears won the individual title with a 203.
The Mountain Lions team score of 875 was just two strokes behind sixth-place Utah and five behind fifth-place California. Iowa State and Wichita State tied for the team title with scores of 852.
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