UCCS Takes Big Lead After Two Rounds of Regional Head-to-Head
PARKER -- Tyler Bishop shot a 1-under par 143 for the first two rounds, both played Monday, to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a huge lead at the Northwest Region Spring Head-to-Head Golf Tournament at The Pinery Country Club.
Bishop leads the individual standings by a full eight strokes over Casey Brock of Colorado State-Pueblo and Danny Anderson of St. Cloud State. Bishop's 3-under par 69 in the first round was the only sub-par round shot at the difficult, 6,843-yard layout.
UCCS' team score of 602 gives the Mountain Lions a comfortable 16-stroke lead going into the final round of the 54-hole tournament, which will be played Tuesday. St. Cloud State, which won the fall regional head-to-head tournament on its home course, goes into Tuesday's final round tied with Western New Mexico for second place at 618. They are followed by Colorado State-Pueblo (620), Regis (621), Minnesota State (623), Nebraska-Kearney (624) and Fort Lewis (625).
The top eight teams, based on cumulative scores from the two head-to-head tournaments, will advance to the NCAA West/Northwest Superregional on May 5-7 at Petaluma, Calif.
Tuesday's final round will also determine the champion of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. UCCS came into the spring head-to-head tournament needing only a third-place finish among RMAC teams to clinch the title, which this year is being determined by a points system based on each team's finish in each of the four required tournaments. The Mountain Lions finished second in the RMAC Golf Event #1 on Sept. 17-18, and then was the top RMAC finisher at the fall head-to-head on Sept 24-25. Last week, UCCS won the RMAC Spring Championship.
All five UCCS golfers were among the top 20 during Monday's two rounds. Brian Morfeld was second among the Mountain Lions and tied for fourth overall at 152. He was followed by Eric Winder and David Cosel, who were in a six-man tie for 11th at 154, and Todd Napikoski, who was tied for 17th at 155.
Should UCCS hold on, it would be its third consecutive RMAC golf championship and its fifth since 1999-2000.
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