UCCS Surges to 11-Stroke Lead After Two Rounds at Northwest Regional
PETALUMA, Calif. -- Eric Winder shook off a rough first round to shoot a 2-under par 70 in Tuesday's second round of the NCAA Division II Northwest Regional Championship, leading the surging University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions to an 11-stroke lead.
Winder, whose 81 in Monday's first round was the highest posted among UCCS' five participants and was therefore not counted against the team score, birdied holes No. 2, 14 and 18 against a single bogey on Tuesday.
"Eric Winder, as a senior, came up big today," said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo.
It was the Mountain Lions' balance, though, that helped them climb from a first-round tie Monday into Tuesday's big lead. Tyler Bishop (1-under par), David Cosel (even par) and Todd Napikoski (3-over par) were all among the top 14 finishers in the second round.
"We didn't play very well as a team yesterday," said Trujillo. "Today, we put some rounds together and came up with a decent score. It gave some cushion going into the final round."
UCCS' team score going into Wednesday's final round stands at 584 (8-over par). Minnesota State, Mankato (595) is second, Nebraska-Kearney (597) third and Western New Mexico (600) fourth. Colorado State-Pueblo and St. Cloud State are in a fifth-place tie at 608, followed by Fort Lewis (614) and Colorado Christian (618).
Should the Mountain Lions hold on to win the tournament, they will automatically qualify for the NCAA Division II National Golf Championship, which will be held May 14-17 at Memorial Park Golf Club in Houston, Texas.
The Northwest Regional Tournament is being held in conjunction with the West Regional Tournament in the NCAA's super regional format. The winner of each region automatically qualifies for nationals. The next three best team scores, regardless of which of the two regions they are in, also qualify as at-large teams.
No. 3-ranked Sonoma State, which is also the tournament host, leads the West Regional by a wide margin at 562. Cal State-Monterey Bay is second at 581, No. 13 Western Washington is third at 585 and No. 24 Cal State-San Bernardino is fourth at 586.
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