UCCS in 16th-Place Tie After First Round at Nationals

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 14, 2008

HOUSTON - Todd Napikoski shot an even-par 70 Wednesday to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs into a 16th-place tie after the first round of the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament at Memorial Park Golf Club.

The Mountain Lions scuffled badly on the back nine, dropping nine strokes to par and carding three double bogeys. That dropped their team score to 291 (11-over par).

UCCS' score was better, though, than that posted by the nation's top two ranked teams. No. 1 West Florida and No. 2 Sonoma State both came in at 12-over par to tie for 18th place.

No. 20-ranked Clayton State was the surprise runaway leader after the first round. Will Wilcox led the Clayton, Ga., school with a 4-under par 66, including three birdies on three of the final six holes. The Lakers' team score of 7-under par 273 was five strokes ahead of second-place Belmont Abbey.

Florida Southern's Jude Eustaquio shot day day's best round, a 7-under par 63.

Napikoski opened with a birdie on No. 1 and added another at No. 4. Two bogeys in the final six holes dropped him to even par, which slotted him into a 22nd-place tie for the individual lead.

David Cosel was next among UCCS golfers with a 2-over par 72. He had birdies on nine and 17 to offset four bogeys. The Mountain Lions' lone senior, Eric Winder, slipped to 74 after a bogey on 15 and a double bogey on 17.

Freshman Brian Morfeld bogeyed four of the first five holes but he recovered nicely to finish the round at 5-over. The sloppy start should have made his score a throwaway from the beginning, but Tyler Bishop's free fall on the back put Morfeld's round into the team score. In NCAA golf, only the top four scores among the five-player team are counted in any given round.

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