Senior, Freshman Lead as Mountain Lions Finish First Round in Ninth at Regional
PALM DESERT, Calif. - The Mountain Lions got the young and the old of it Monday.
Senior David Cosel and freshman Spencer Biersdorff each shot a 3-over par 75 at The Classic Club to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a team score of 303 and ninth-place tie after the first round of the NCAA Division II Central/West Super Regional.
The disappointing performance put the Mountain Lions behind in their quest to qualify for the national championship tournament for the third consecutive year and the fourth time in school history. After just one round, UCCS already finds itself trailing tournament leader Western Washington by 12 strokes and second-place Chico State, the top-ranked team in the nation, by 11 strokes.
The top fiveteams from the Central/West Super Regional will advance to the national tournament. The current team on the bubble is Cal State-Monterey Bay, which leads UCCS by just four strokes. The other three teams among the top six are Western New Mexico (293), Sonoma State (294) and Dixie State (295).
Cosel was the only UCCS golfer to not record a double-bogey or worse, carding three birdies and six bogeys. Biersdorff had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14-15 to salvage a 3-over par 75. He had three birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey on the day. The duo go into Tuesday's second round tied for 27th overall.
Teammate Chris Shoop made a nice recovery after a difficult start Monday. He opened the day with a double-bogey and was sitting at 6-over par through 11 holes. The junior from Phoenix scored three consecutive birdies from 12-14 to finish the day with a 4-over par 76.
Brian Morfeld had a promising round before blowing up on the final hole. The junior was at even par through 16 holes before bogeying No. 17 and carding a disastrous nine on the par-5 18th. Because Riley Andrews shot a birdieless round of 78, Morfeld's 77 still counted towards UCCS' team score.
Without the five-stroke swing on Morfeld's final two holes, UCCS would have been in sixth place.
Holes No. 10 and 11, both par 4s, proved harmful as the Mountain Lions had three bogeys and a double bogey on the 474-yard 10th hole and four bogeys on the 459-yard 11th.
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