Mountain Lions Finish in Fifth Spot at the Grand Canyon Invitational

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 30, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Spencer Biersdorff shot a 4-under par 68 In Tuesday's final round as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs completed the Grand Canyon Spring Invitational in fifth place.

After finishing Monday's two rounds in fourth place, the Mountain Lions added a 4-under par 284 team score on Tuesday. Grand Canyon, however, recorded a final round of 279 to leapfrog both UCCS and Western New Mexico to go from fifth to third.

Chico State made a final-round charge befitting of its No. 1 national ranking. The Wildcats shot a 10-under par 278 but came up two strokes shy of closing the 11-stroke lead built by tournament winner Cal State-Stanislaus during the first two rounds.

Western New Mexico's fourth-place finish will stir up some intrigue going into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Spring Championship, which will be held April 19-20 at Poston Butte Golf Club in Florence, Ariz. UCCS will enter the tournament with a nine-stroke lead over the Mustangs by virtue of beating them by that many during the RMAC Fall Championship. The combined scores of the two tournaments will determine the RMAC championship, which UCCS has won the past four years.

UCCS is came into the tournament ranked No. 19 nationally in the Golfstat rankings and No. 20 in the Golf World / Nike coaches' poll.

Riley Andrews' 2-under par 70 Tuesday was his third straight round of par or better, giving him an individual score of 211 (5-under par) and a tie for seventh overall. Second among UCCS golfers was Biersdorff with a three-round score of 215. Those two were followed by David Cosel (218), Chris Shoop (219) and Brian Morfeld (222).

Cal State-Stanislaus' Joseph Stewart took individual medalist honors with a three-round score of 207 (9-under par). Gene Webster Jr. of Cal State Stanislaus and Scott Crichton of Western New Mexico were each two strokes back.

UCCS has one tuneup remaining before the RMAC Spring Championship. The Mountain Lions will compete at the Air Force JV Tournament on April 12-13.

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