UCCS Slips to Sixth After Third Round of NCAA Golf Nationals
HOUSTON - Tyler Bishop shot an even-par 70, but the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs slipped into a tie for sixth place after Friday's third round at the NCAA Division II National Championship at Memorial Park Golf Course.
Thanks in part to Bishop's eagle on No. 1, the Mountain Lions were as low as 4-under par in the early going. That was short-lived, though, as the wind began to pick up. The Mountain Lions limped home, losing 15 strokes to par over the final 14 holes and finishing the round at 11-over par.
"We stunk today," said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo.
Despite Friday's disappointment, the Mountain Lions go into Saturday's final round with a chance to make school history. The highest finish at nationals for a UCCS golf team came in 2002, when the Mountain Lions took 10th. They finished 15th in 2001, the only other time UCCS qualified for nationals.
The highest national finish for any UCCS program was seventh, which was accomplished by the 2006 women's cross country team. A good round Saturday will give the 2007-08 golf team an unmatched spot in UCCS lore.
To do that, the Mountain Lions will need more performances like that registered Friday by Bishop. Todd Napikoski was also solid for UCCS with a 2-over par 72, as was Eric Winder, who came in at 73 despite some bad luck on the greens.
"Three guys played decent," said Trujillo. "Winder couldn't get a putt to fall. He was burning lips all day; leaving them on there."
The Mountain Lions' other two competitors struggled, which badly damaged the team score. In NCAA golf, one score can be discarded. If you have two bad scores, you're going to have to count one of them.
And that's what happened to UCCS as David Cosel double bogeyed Nos. 9 and 18 to finish at 6-over par while freshman Brian Morfeld had four bogeys per side to come in at 8-over par.
"Morfeld played like a freshman today," said Trujillo. "Cosel, I don't know what happened to him."
No. 1-ranked West Florida shot the only sub-par round of the day at 4-under to take the tournament lead with a three-round score of 843 (3-over par). Round 2 leader Georgia College and State University slipped to second, four strokes back, followed by North Alabama, St. Edward's and Indianapolis, all of which are tied at 855.
The Mountain Lions go into the final round with an aggregate score of 858, 15 strokes out of first place but only three strokes out of third.
"Hopefully tomorrow we can made a little bit of a run and at least make a good showing of it," said Trujillo.
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