No.50 Baylor is in the lead with a total score of 5-under 555 for the first two rounds. No.73 Colorado State, No.64 Arizona, and No.90 Nevada are in second, third and fourth place respectively. The Buffs share fifth place with No.20 San Diego.
The CU team scored a 10-over par 290 in the first round and a 2-under 278 for the second round, totaling 8-over 568 for the first day of the tournament.
Buffs Head Coach Roy Edwards said the windy weather posed a challenge early in the first round.
“It looked like we were actually a few over right at the start… but we were playing the wind holes,” Edwards said in a news release. “Once we got through those holes, we dug in and then played around even the rest of the first round.”
The Buffs saw improvement in the second round as the wind died down, scoring under par as a team.
In the first two rounds, CU was second in par-4 scoring (+14) and third in both par-5 scoring (minus-6) and total birdies (26).
Junior Sebastian Heisele recorded a personal collegiate best and the best 36-hole score by a Buff this season, scoring 68-69-137. Four strokes off the leading score, Heisele shares the third-place spot with two other players.
“I putted fairly well, made a couple of long putts early,” Heisele said in a news release. “It was just a good overall day.”
Heisel’s strong performance also lowered his spring stroke average to 76.3, a team-best of the season.
In 16th place, CU senior Luke Symons turned in a 1-over par score of 74-67-141. Sophomore Derek Fribbs, scoring a 74-70-144, is tied for 31st place.
Sophomores Pat Wilson and Jason Burstyn are in 46th and 71st place respectively, both tied with other players. After two rounds, Wilson is tied for the most birdies in the field (9).
The tournament, presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon, continues on Tuesday at the Talking Stick Golf Club. The final round is a 7,133-yard, par 70 course, beginning at 7:45 a.m. in a shotgun start.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Caryn Maconi at Caryn.Maconi@colorado.edu.