Mountain Lions Storm from Behind to Win First Tournament of Season
LA VETA, Colo. - David Cosel's 4-under par 68 was the best of four University of Colorado at Colorado Springs rounds at even par or better on Tuesday as the Mountain Lions rallied from fifth place to win the Peaks Classic.
Cosel, Spencer Biersdorff (71), Brian Morfeld (71) and Riley Andrews (72) all torched the par-72 layout at Grandote Peaks Golf Club at or below par. The score that was discarded Tuesday, Taylor Stamp's 73, would have been among the top three finishers for any of the other 13 teams at the competition.
UCCS' team score of 282 set a new tournament record for the fifth-year event. The previous record was 284, set by Wayland baptist in 2008.
The Mountain Lions were in fifth place after the first two round, both played on Monday, trailing Grand View by nine strokes, host Wayland Baptist by eight, Fort Lewis by two and Colorado School of Mines by one. But UCCS' round of 282 (6-under par) on Tuesday was 10 strokes better than any other team in the field, lifting the Mountain Lions to a win in their first tournament of the 2009-10 season.
UCCS, which finished 16th nationally a year ago, next plays at the Air Force Invitational, which will be played Saturday and Sunday at the Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Golf Course.
Cosel's outstanding final round gave him a three-round total of 216 (even par) to lead the Mountain Lions and tie for sixth individually. Biersdorff, a freshman from Nevada City, Calif., who was playing in his first collegiate tournament, was next at 217, tied for 10th. Stamp came in at 220, followed by Andrews (223) and Morfeld (224).
Adams State's Tommy McGrane won individual medalist honors with a 4-under par 212. Four others (Michael Loppnow of Wayland Baptist, R.J. Lester of Southwest, Aaron Ahrendsen of Grand View and Greg Manske of Fort Lewis) tied for second at 214.
Grand View took second in the team standings, one stroke behind UCCS. Wayland Baptist took third at 878, seven strokes back, followed by Fort Lewis (885), Colorado Mines (888), Adams State (889) and Regis (894).
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