UCCS in First-Place Tie at RMAC Championship, Closing in on Title
BUCKEYE, Ariz. - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs moved to within a whisker of wrapping up its fourth consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men's golf championship as the Mountain Lions finished Day 1 of the RMAC Championship in a first-place tie.
The third, and final, round will be played Tuesday.
UCCS overcame a disappointing 306 in the morning round to shoot a tournament-best 296 in the afternoon at the 6,893-yard Sundance Golf Club. The aggregate score of 602 tied the Mountain Lions with Upper Iowa, which is a regional rival but not a member of the RMAC.
Western New Mexico was third at 606, followed by Minnesota State and Regis at 614, Colorado Christian at 617 and Fort Lewis at 618. Of those, only Minnesota State is not in the RMAC.
The RMAC Championship is the last of four tournaments that, combined, determine the champion of the RMAC. UCCS won the first three tournaments. 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. The Mountain Lions came into the RMAC Championship with 21 points, followed closely by Fort Lewis at 18. Western New Mexico was 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. With the Skyhawks 14 strokes behind the Mountain Lions, UCCS' title hopes going into Tuesday's round are very solid indeed.
The Mountain Lions have taken home individual medalist honors at each of the first three RMAC golf events and, making that even more impressive, it was a different player at each. Tyler Bishop won the first RMAC golf event, played at The Heritage at Westmoor in Broomfield on Sept. 15-16. Riley Andrews took the second, the UNK Invite at Meadowlark Hills Country Club in Kearney, Neb. on Sept. 22-23. Finally, Brian Morfeld took the third RMAC event the UCCS Spring Invitational on April 13-14 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.
Bishop and Andrews are trying to make it four in a row for the Mountain Lions. After two rounds, though, Bishop is a full seven strokes off the individual lead and Andrews is eight back.
Upper Iowa's Adam Winans shot two rounds of 2-under par 70 to take the individual lead at 140. Greg Johnson of Regis is second, four strokes back, followed by Luke Tanner of Fort Lewis at 145. Next is Bishop at 147, and then Andrews, joined by St. Cloud State's Beau Anderson and Western new Mexico's Scott Crichton, at 148.
Morfeld and David Cosel also scored for UCCS, each with a 10-over par 154. Taylor Stamp shot a 156.
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