UCCS Wins Cactus Thaw
SILVER CITY, N.M. - Behind Chris Shoop's final-round 70 Tuesday, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs won the third of four Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference qualifying tournaments with a victory at The Cactus Thaw at Silver City Golf Course.
It was the Mountain Lions' depth that made the difference in the tournament, which began with two rounds Monday and concluded with Tuesday's final round. While UCCS did not have the top scorer in any of the three rounds, its fourth score (the fifth score is discarded when computing the team score) was the lowest in both the second and third rounds.
UCCS' team score of 868 was 10 strokes better that second-place Fort Lewis and 11 stokes better that host Western New Mexico, which took third.
The Mountain Lions have now won two of the four tournaments that will decide the RMAC championship and taken second in the other. One point is awarded for each RMAC school beaten in each of the four tournaments, which gives UCCS 26 points. Fort Lewis, with a first- and two second-place finishes, is right behind at 25. They are followed by Colorado School of Mines (17) and Western New Mexico and Colorado State-Pueblo at 16 each. Because the leads are so large, only UCCS or Fort Lewis can win the title.
The fourth RMAC qualifying tournament will be played April 17-19 at the Wigwam Golf Course in Phoenix, Ariz.
By beating Colorado State-Pueblo, which finished seventh, the Mountain Lions wrapped up all four points for men's golf toward the Steel & Silver Series. UCCS lead the rivalry series 12-4 with wins in women's soccer, volleyball and men's golf. CSU-Pueblo took the four points for men's soccer. The next competition between the schools will be in women's cross country at the RMAC Championships on Nov. 6.
Shoop shook off a first-round 76 to finish with a pair of 70s and a tournament score of 216. He finished tied for third behind Ross Prachar (212) of New Mexico State and Jim Knous (215) of Colorado Mines.
Riley Andrews finished second among the Mountain Lions and tied for seventh overall at 217. Mitch Buchner was next at 219, followed by Brian Morfeld (221) and Spencer Biersdorff (223). All five UCCS golfers finished among the top 20 overall.
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