Mountain Lions in 11th place after first day of Air Force Invitational

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 19, 2009

For the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's golf team, middle of the pack Saturday was anything but mediocre.

The Mountain Lions completed the first two rounds of the Gene Miranda Air Force Invitational, both of which were played Saturday at the Eisenhower Blue Golf Course, in 11th place out of 19 teams. What makes that notable is that UCCS is the only non-Division I team competing.

UCCS coach Phil Trujillo said the Air Force Invitational provides a great early-season test for his Mountain Lions, who are a frequent resident of the NCAA Division II national rankings.

"It raises our level of competition; it's a strong field," said Trujillo. This gives us an opportunity to see where we're at as a team and as individuals and see what we're capable of doing.

Riley Andrews led the Mountain Lions in Saturday's first round with a 1-under par 71, but is was freshman Spencer Biersdorff who led in the second round and for the day. Biersdorft shot a 71 in the second round to finish the day with an even-par 144, tied for 23rd individually.

Andrews was next at 146, followed by David Cosel (148), Taylor Stamp (149) and Brian Morfeld (158).

"We got some good play out of our freshman," said Trujillo.

UCCS team score of 587 put the Mountain Lions three strokes behind 10th-place San Diego and six strokes in back of ninth-place Nevada. UCCS led Division I teams Utah State, Denver, Southern Utah, Weber State, Northern Iowa, Alabama-Birmingham, Utah Valley State and the Air Force team.

Utah goes into Sunday's final round with the team lead with a score of 564. UNLV is in second, three strokes back, followed by Washington State (568), Colorado (570) and then Colorado State and Northern Colorado, each of which shot 572.

Colorado's Kevin Kring shot a course-record 64 in the first round but finished the day in a four-way tie for third in the individual standings at 138. Northern Colorado's Steve Bidne and Utah's Mike Branca share the individual lead at 137.

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