UCCS Finishes Second but Sweeps Awards After RMAC Spring Championship

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 20, 2010

FLORENCE, Ariz. - The tournament slipped away, but the Mountain Lions still swept the awards.

Western New Mexico mounted a final-round charge Tuesday to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Spring Championship, but it was the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs that won its fifth consecutive RMAC men's golf championship. UCCS also took home the RMAC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards as well as clinching the Steel & Silver Series.

The RMAC championship was determined by the aggregate score of the fall and spring championships. UCCS' combined score of 1,173 was five strokes better than Western New Mexico and 19 better than Fort Lewis.

Likewise, the RMAC individual honors were based on the combined scores from both tournaments. Mountain Lion junior Chris Shoop tied with WNMU's Gordon Webb for individual medalist honors at the spring championship and also tied for the top spot in the fall tournament. Shoop's aggregate score gave him the individual conference title. Spencer Biersdorff ran away with the freshman of the year award after following a strong fall tournament by finishing tied for third overall on Tuesday.

UCCS scored a 24-stroke victory over Colorado State-Pueblo in the RMAC Spring Championship, clinching the Steel & Silver Series for the Mountain Lions. UCCS has now won the rivalry series between the school's in each of its five years of existence and will retain possession of the Ent Federal Credit Union Trophy.

While his team swept the honors, UCCS coach Phil Trujillo was far from happy with Tuesday's performance. The Mountain Lions have now been beaten by an RMAC opponent in each of their past three tournaments, a trend that must be reversed going into the NCAA Central/West Super Regional which will be held May 3-5 at Desert Willow Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif.

Coming into Tuesday's final round trailing by five strokes, Western New Mexico put together an inspired rally to record an even-par 288. UCCS scuffled to a 297, its worst round of the tournament, to slide into second.

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