Second-Place Finish Likely to Boost National Ranking for UCCS Golfers

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 4, 2011

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. - A final-round rally by the Mountain Lions came up one stroke short as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs had to settle for second place at the Grand Canyon Fall Invitational, which concluded Tuesday at Wigwam Golf Club.

But while UCCS' three-round score of 860 was one stroke short of catching No. 3-ranked Chico State, the Mountain Lions should rise in the rankings nonetheless. UCCS, ranked No. 23 in last week's Golf Coaches Association of America poll, beat No. 8 Western Washington (third place at 864), No. 12 Sonoma State (fourth at 867) and No. 24 Grand Canyon (fifth at 876).

Chico State had four players break par to surge to a nine-stroke lead after Monday's morning round. The Mountain Lions trimmed four strokes off of the gap in the afternoon round. They cut four more strokes in Tuesday's round as Edward Delashmutt (-2), Spencer Biersdorff (-1), Grant Dean (even) and Kevin Witte (+1) shot scoring rounds.

Kyle Souza of Chico State shot a three-round score of 209 (7-under par) to claim individual medalist honors. Biersdorff was second at 212, followed by a trio of players at 213, including Dean. Delashmutt finished in a five-way tie for seventh at 215.

Witte's 220 was good for a 24th-place tie and Mitch Buchner, UCCS' fifth entrant, shot 235.

The Mountain Lions will conclude the fall portion of their schedule at the CCU Fall Invitational Oct. 10-11 at Raccoon Creek Golf Club in Littleton.

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