Golf: Second Means First for UCCS at Fall-Head-to-Head Tourney

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 25, 2007

HASTINGS, Minn. -- Question: Where does second place equal first place?

Answer: In the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference golf standings.

Behind brilliant efforts by the team's three Division I transfers, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs took second place at the Northwest Region Fall Head-to-Head Tournament, which was held Monday and Tuesday at the Hastings Country Club. The finish boosted the Mountain Lions into first place in the RMAC's golf championship standings.

St. Cloud State posted the low score in each of the three rounds to win the tournament, which included teams from the RMAC and North Central Conference. The Huskies team score of 879 was 20 strokes better than second-place UCCS.

Colorado State-Pueblo finished third at 911, while Western New Mexico, which won the first of the RMAC championship tournaments last week, took fourth.

Each of the two conferences gets one automatic bid to the Northwest Regional Championship Tournament. The next six schools, by aggregate score in the two head-to-head tournaments, also qualify. The winner of the regional tournament qualifies for the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.

For the 2007-08 season, the RMAC golf championship will be determined by a point system based on each team's finish in each of the four required tournaments. Teams receive one point for each RMAC team beaten in each tournament. At last week's RMAC Golf Event #1, UCCS finished in second place and defeated six RMAC teams in the process. Tuesday, they defeated all seven of the other RMAC schools for seven points. Thus, the Mountain Lions have 13 points in the championship standings. Western New Mexico is second with 12 points and Colorado State-Pueblo is third with 10.

The other two RMAC-required tournaments will be played in the spring. The winner of the points standings will be declared the RMAC champion and will receive the conference's automatic bid to the regional championship tournament. Complete standings can be seen at the bottom of the page.

The Mountain Lions' three Division I transfers all finished among the tournament leaders Tuesday. Todd Napikowski, who came to UCCS by way of New Mexico State, took third place individually with a 2-over par 218. Tyler Bishop (Nebraska) and David Cosel (Kansas) finished tied for fourth place at 222. The Mountain Lions' other two golfers were Barry Cornella (237) and David Hoffman (243).

St. Cloud State's Theo Frentzos won the individual title with a 4-under par 212. Teammate Travis Ross was second at even-par 216.

The Mountain Lions finished ahead of Colorado State-Pueblo in both RMAC tournaments, evening the points in the 2007-08 Steel and Silver Series. CSU-Pueblo has two points for a win in men's soccer, while UCCS earned one point each for the golf victories.

RMAC men's golf point standings
1. UCCS (13)
2. Western New Mexico (12)
3. CSU-Pueblo (10)
4. Colorado Christian (9)
5. Regis (4)
5. Nebraska-Kearney (4)
5. Fort Lewis (4)
8. Colorado Mines (0)

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