UCCS Locks Up Steel & Silver Series, Inches Closer to RMAC Golf Title
COLORADO SPRINGS - Brian Morfeld won individual medalist honors and he and his University of Colorado at Colorado Springs teammates won the team title at the UCCS Spring Invitational Tuesday at The Broadmoor.
Morfeld and Fort Lewis' Luke Tanner finished the 36-hole tournament tied at 143 (1-under par) after Tanner carded a 69 in the second round. Morfeld sank a 25-foot putt on the first hole of sudden death, to give him a birdie on the par 3 fourth hole at the famed East Course. Tanner made par, giving Morfeld the win.
UCCS also clinched the 2008-09 Steel & Silver Series and will retain possession of the Ent Federal Credit Union Trophy. The win gave UCCS a 24-12 lead in this season's rivalry series with only 23 points needed to clinch.
Sebastian Heisele of Colorado took third place at 147, while UCCS' Tyler Bishop, David Cosel and Taylor Stamp (playing as an individual), Colorado State-Pueblo's Brandon McCoy and Colorado School of Mines' Jim Knous were all tied at 149.
The Mountain Lions survived a rough stretch on the back nine to score a 297 Tuesday, giving them a tournament score of 591. Fort Lewis came in a 295 in the second round to leapfrog Colorado State-Pueblo for second place at 601, while CSU-Pueblo came in at 616. That trio was followed by Colorado Christian (621), Colorado School of Mines and Air Force JV (each at 623), Regis (633), Western New Mexico (636) and Nebraska-Kearney (642).
Also competing for the Mountain Lions were Riley Andrews, who tied for 14th with a 153, and Wade Henry, who was tied for 17th at 155. Aside from Stamp, two other UCCS golfers (Chris Shoop at 160 and Kevin Chan at 162) competed as individuals.
The UCCS Spring Championship was the third of four tournaments that, combined, will determine the champion of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. UCCS has won all three tournaments. The final tournament will be the RMAC Championships, which will be played April 20-21 in Buckeye, Ariz.
Teams are awarded one point for each RMAC team defeated in each tournament. Since there are eight teams, the winner gets seven points, second place gets six and so on. With the win, the Mountain Lions now have 21 points, followed closely by Fort Lewis at 18. Western New Mexico is third, but is also out of title contention at 11 points. Regis, Colorado Mines and CSU-Pueblo each have eight points, while Colorado Christian has seven and Nebraska-Kearney has three.
UCCS can clinch sole possession of the RMAC title by finishing no lower than third at the RMAC Championships. The Mountain Lions will also win it if they can finish no more than two slots behind Fort Lewis.
The Broadmoor East Course is one of the most storied venues in all of Colorado. Most recently, the course hosted the 2008 United States Senior Open and the 1995 U.S. Women's Open. It has also hosted five NCAA Championships and two U.S. Amateur Championships, including the famous 1959 U.S. Amateur that was Jack Nicklaus' first major victory.
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