UCCS has strong showing against NCAA Division I competition
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' 11th-place performance at the 2009 Gene Miranda Air Force Invitational, which concluded Sunday, gave an indication of several things.
For one, if the Mountain Lions competed in the Great West Conference, they would likely finish in the middle of the pack or better considering that they beat Great West members Utah Valley State and Southern Utah. Likewise, UCCS would be competitive in Conference USA (having beaten Alabama-Birmingham), the Missouri Valley Conference (Northern Iowa), the Big Sky Conference (Weber State), the Western Athletic Conference (Utah State) and the Sun Belt Conference (Denver).
But UCCS doesn't compete in any of those NCAA Division I leagues. The Mountain Lions are members of the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
That's why nobody at UCCS is the least bit disappointed by an 11th-place finish from the Mountain Lions, who have won four straight RMAC titles. UCCS was not only the top Division II team at the Air Force Invitational " they were the ONLY Division II team competing.
Riley Andrews led the Mountain Lions Sunday with a 1-over par 73 at the Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Blue Golf Course. Andrews was also the top UCCS individual performer for the tournament at 219 (3-over par), good for 29th overall.
David Cosel and Taylor Stamp were next with three-round scores of 223, followed by Spencer Biersdorff (224) and Brian Morfeld (236). The Mountain Lions' team score of 887 was 11 strokes behind 10th-place San Diego.
Colorado State's round of 283 Sunday allowed the Rams to climb from fifth to first with a three-round score of 855. CSU had three players shoot below-par rounds Sunday to fuel the comeback.
Utah was second at 857, followed by UNLV (860), Washington State (865), Air Force (866) and Nevada (866).
Northern Colorado's Steve Bidne won individual medalist honors with a 10-under par 206. Washington State's Austin Hunt was second at 210.
UCCS will stay busy as it heads into the RMAC Fall Championship on Monday and Tuesday in Trinidad.
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