UCCS in Eighth Place After Two Rounds of the Notre Dame de Namur Invitational

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 22, 2010

LIVERMORE, Calif. - Chris Shoop shot a pair of 73s Monday to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs into eighth place after two rounds of the Notre Dame de Namur Argonaut Classic at Poppy Ridge Golf Club.

Shoop's two-round score of 146 (2-over par) had him tied for 12th individually going into Tuesday's final round.Cal State-Monterey Bay's Scott Yeakel shot a 5-under par 139 to lead the race for individual medalist honors, followed by Cal State-Stanslaus' Trevor Blair and Grand Canyon's Terrence Daniels at 140.

The Mountain Lions were consistent, shooting a team score of 299 in the first round and 298 in the second, but got neither the tremendous individual score nor the depth of very good scores needed to climb the leaderboard. UCCS had no score better than 73 and was forced to count two 76s in the first round and a 76 and 77 in the second. In collegiate golf, the top four scores posted by a team's five golfers are counted toward the team score.

Chico State finished Monday's rounds at 574 (2-under par), seven strokes ahead of Cal State Stanislaus. Grand Canyon was third at 583, followed by Cal State-Monterey Bay (587), Dixie State and Holy Names (both at 592), wESTERN wASHINGTON (595) AND UCCS (597).

Four of the teams that scored in the top eight Monday are currently listed in the top 20 in the Golfstat NCAA Division II Head-to-Head rankings and six are among the top 28 in the Golf World / Nike rankings. While the Golf World / Nike poll are listed by the NCAA as the official rankings, more weight is given to the Golfstat rankings when determining qualifying for postseason competition.

Chico State is ranked No. 1 by Golfstat, followed by Western Washington (7), UCCS (12) and Cal State Sanislaus (17). Those four teams plus Grand Canyon and Dixie State all appear on the Golf World / Nike rankings.

Another school in the top eight, Holy Names, is ranked No. 4 in NAIA Division I by Golfstat.

UCCS, Dixie State (Utah) and Simon Fraser (British Columbia) are the only three competitors that are not located in a climate that allows year-round golf.

Spencer Biersdorff and Brian Morfeld were second among UCCS golfers and tied for 26th overall with two-round scores of 149. Riley Andrews shot a 157 and Taylor Stamp had a disastrous second round to come in at 166.

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