UCCS Misses Trip to Nationals After Sixth-Place Finish at Regionals
PALM DESERT, Calif. - Brian Morfeld's 1-under par 71 Wednesday wasn't enough as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs failed to qualify for nationals by a scant three strokes. It was the first time in three seasons that the Mountain Lions failed to advance to nationals.
The Mountain Lions finished with a three-round team score of 890 (26-over par) at the NCAA Division II Central / West Super Regional, which was held Monday through Wednesday at The Classic Club. Five teams from each of the four super regionals earned berths to the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. The two teams tied for four and fifth places at the Central/West Super Regional, Cal State-Monterey Bay and Chico State, shot team scores of 887.
Sonoma State won the tournament with a score of 862 (2-under par), followed by Western New Mexico (880) and Cal State-Stanislaus (881). All three, plus Cal State-Monterey Bay and Chico State, will compete for the Division II national title on April 18-21 at the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind.
The final round turned into a four-way battle for the fifth and final berth into the national championship tournament. Cal State-Monterey Bay opened the day in fourth with a two-round score of 592. Cal State-Stanislaus, UCCS and Western Washington were in a three-way tie for fifth at 594.
Cal State-Stanislaus separated from the pack early to grab fourth and then third, while Grand Canyon, which was seven strokes behind the trio in fifth at the outset of the third round, made a strong move and caught the pack.
Cal State-Monterey Bay was able to hold off UCCS, which finished sixth. Western Washington and Grand Canyon ended up tied for seventh at 893.
Sonoma State's Janssen Todd and Ryan Carter took the first two places in the individual medalist competition at 214 and 215 respectively. Trevor Blair and Brandon Taylor, both of Cal State-Stanislaus, each finished at even par (216).
Morfeld birdied the par-5 14th and parred the other 17 holes for UCCS. David Cosel, Chris Shoop a,d Spencer Biersdorff all shot respectable 75s, but Cosel had four bogeys on the back nine and Biersdorff had five to take away much of the luster. Riley Andrews opened the day with a double bogey and never found a groove on his way to a 79.
Biersdorff was the Mountain Lions' top individual for the tournament with a three-round score of 221 (3-over par), a mark that tied him for 15th overall. Cosel and Shoop were each one stroke behind.
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