February 16, 2010

Mistakes cost Bears a chance to contend in Houston

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HOUSTON, Texas - After putting itself into a tie for fourth place after the first two rounds at the Rice Intercollegiate, the Northern Colorado men's golf team failed to take advantage of improving weather and missed a chance to contend for the title.

A mistake-filled final round ended up costing the Bears immensely as they put together a final round score of 312 (+24), which was the third-highest score of the day.

The Bears finished the tournament with a three-round score of 933 (+69) and ended the event in 11th place.

Host school Rice (+22) claimed the team championship, while Auburn (+41), Pacific (+45), Kansas (+57) and Nebraska (+59) rounded out the top-five.

Rice's Christopher Brown took medalist honors after shooting a combined three-round score of 216 (+0).

Going into the final day, Northern Colorado junior Nick Bisogno found himself in sixth place after putting together a two-round of score of 150 (+6). In the final round, the Kansas City native posted a 6-over par 78 and finished tied for 13th with four other golfers.

"I am pretty disappointed and frustrated at how we finished up today, falling from fourth to eleventh place," said Northern Colorado head coach Chuck Scheinost. "We made far too many mistakes and let a golden to opportunity to beat some good teams slip by us."

Steve Bidne led the Bears in the final round with a 3-over par 75 and ended the tournament with a final score of 231 (+15), putting him in 22nd place.

Senior Rich Lash put together his best round of the tournament today with a 6-over par 78, finishing with a three-round score of 236 (+20).

Troy Sidabras ended his tournament with a combined score of 239 (+23) after shooting a 10-over par 82 on the final day, while Alberto Dell Anna finished with a 254 (+38).

"The guys are definitely disappointed with the results today," Schienost said. "I think they realize that we put ourselves in a really good position to do some great things, but we squandered it.

"We definitely have a lot of work to do, especially trying to cut down on some of the mistakes we made. We didn't always take enough time to go through our processes, especially today when the course played a little tricky, and it definitely cost us."

Northern Colorado will look to bounce back from its frustrating finish at the Westwood Golf Club as they travel down to Chandler, Arizona, to participate in the Snowman Getaway Invitational on Feb. 22 and 23.