Golfers open ninth in Ka’anapali Collegiate

LAHAINA, Maui — The University of Colorado men’s golf team opened here Friday in ninth place after one round of the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational, the Buffalos’ final event of the fall season. Clemson had the highest score in the first round, a 17-under 267, as all five of the Tigers’ designated scorers had undersized rounds in the 1960s. Oklahoma in 11th place is just one back at 268, with East Tennessee State there, two behind the pace at 269. North Florida is fourth (273), with Kansas and Mississippi rounding out the top five (275). The Buffalos’ two best players didn’t play at their best this fall, but still sit ninth in the strong field of 20 teams with a score of 5 under 279. Sophomore Tucker Clark paced the Buffalos on Friday, when he scored a 4- under 67, finishing in 11th place. He was steady and tied the team best for most birdies in a round this fall with seven (which is the third most in the field), along with scoring eight pars and three bogeys at the Royal Ka’anapali Golf Course, which features a 6,700-yard, par-71 layout on Maui’s northwest coast. Sophomore Jack Holland is tied for 16th after making a 3-under 68, as he was also fairly stable. He scored CU’s only eagle (at the 485 yard, par-5 9th) and had three birdies and 12 pars against just two bogeys. Sophomore Dylan McDermott turned in a tie par 71 to tie in 49th place. He went 2-under after a couple of early birdies, but a couple of double bogeys in a six-hole run sent him on the unlucky side of par. But he rallied to birdies two holes down (Nos. 6 and 9 ) to level up again. That enabled him to match the school record of 11 consecutive rounds of par or better set by Yannik Paul in 2017-18. Sophomore Justin Biwer is tied for 78th after scoring a 2-over 73; he made a bogey on his opening hole (No. 13), but stayed within that number to Nos. 7 through 9, where he scored a double bogey and then immediately came back with two birdies. It ended a run of six straight undersized rounds. Freshman Hunter Swanson struggled early on shooting a 4-over 75, taking him in 104th place. After opening with a par at number 14, he scored two doubles followed by two bogeys to remain 6-over to five. But the announced freshmen from Denver gathered and finished the round with 11 pairs and two birdies. “‘Really nice rounds from Tucker and Jack – they were stable all day,” said CU head coach Roy Edwards. “Overall it’s a good start as Dylan, Justin and Hunter all didn’t play well. But we certainly took a few things from the round to build on to tomorrow and Sunday.” Clemson’s Andrew Swanson and Oklahoma’s Drew Goodman are tied for the individual lead as they both got 7-under 64s in the first round. The second round is scheduled for Saturday; Colorado will be paired with Boise State, Liberty, and Louisiana-Lafayette, turning off at 12 noon MDT. Sunday is the third and final round. COMMENTS: CU posted its 10th underperformed team round this fall, with one equal par out of 16 in total… The average score for Friday’s 123 rounds was 71.54; the five Buffalos came in at 70.8… Colorado played the par-3s at 4-over (tied for 17th in the field), the par-4s at 6-over (10th), and the par-5s at 11- under (fifth) … The Buffs had the ninth most birdies (19, East Tennessee leads with 31) and is one of six schools with the seventh most pars 55 (Clemson and UC-Irvine top the list with 61).. Both Biwer and McDermott were under par in last year’s event, pushing CU to second place; both have recorded five consecutive under-performing tournaments, matching Yannik Paul’s figure, also in 2017-18.

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