UCCS in Second Place After Two Rounds at Eisenhower Spring Invitational
COLORADO SPRINGS - Despite recording the top score in the first round and the second-best score in the second, both played Monday, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will go into Tuesday's final round of the Eisenhower Spring Invitational in second place, five strokes behind Fort Lewis.
The Mountain Lions shot an even-par 288 in Monday's first round at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Blue Golf Course. The score placed them two strokes ahead of both Fort Lewis and Colorado Christian.
"We played OK in the first round," said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo. "A couple of guys struggled, which hurt us, but it was a solid number."
The wind picked up toward the end of the first round and continued throughout the rest of the day. Scores rose dramatically across the board except for Fort Lewis, which actually shot better (288) in the second round than in the first. UCCS was next best with a Round 2 score of 295. No other team scored better than 302 in the bluster.
Central Oklahoma finished the day in third place with a two-round mark of 600, which is 17 strokes behind UCCS and 22 back of Fort Lewis. Colorado Christian is fourth at 601, followed by Colorado State-Pueblo (606), Regis (610), Colorado School of Mines (612), Nebraska-Kearney (626) and Mesa State (631).
Brian Morfeld shot a 3-under par 69 in the first round and a 1-over 72 in the second to lead UCCS golfers. Morfeld goes into the final round in second place, seven strokes behind Central Oklahoma's Andrew Green (9-under par 135).
UCCS' other four players, Riley Andrews, Chris Shoop, Spencer Biersdorff and David Cosel, each finished Monday at 148 and tied for 14th individually.
Aside from the five players competing for UCCS, four other Mountain Lions participated as individuals.
"It's good to get all nine guys playing," said Trujillo. "It's good to get all nine guys out to see where we stand and see who's wanting to fight for some of those spots."
Two of those, Mitch Buchner and Michael Tilghman, shot matching 147's, which would have placed them second on the team had they been entered as one of the top five. Craig Pence was close behind at 151, while Taylor Stamp shook off a poor first round to finish the day at 155.
"We got great play across the board," said Trujillo. "Some of the guys who are playing as individuals played extremely well."
Tuesday's final round will begin at 8:15 a.m. with the weather forecast is calling for more of the same.
"We've been playing in wind and we knew it would pick up today and that it's going to be windy tomorrow," said Trujillo. "It's nothing that we're uncomfortable with; we're ready for it."
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