February 23, 2010

Bears finish in eighth at Snowman Getaway

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Northern Colorado men's golf squad used a strong final round to land itself in eighth place at the Washington State University Snowman Getaway.

The Bears final round score of 300 (+12) was its best of the tournament and enabled the team to move up a spot on the final day at Whirlwind Golf Club.

Despite the strong finish, Northern Colorado head coach Chuck Scheinost was still disappointed with the final results, especially some of the mental errors the team was still making.

"We just can't seem to get more than one guy to shoot under 75 in a round," said Scheinost. "I'm definitely frustrated with some of the stupid mistakes we're making, especially mental errors on the greens. We're still making the same mental errors that I thought we would have fixed by now."

Steve Bidne, a junior, continued to be the best performer for the Bears as he put together an even-par 72 in the final round to finish tied for ninth. Bidne found himself at 3-under par going into the final three holes, but a bogey, double-bogey, par finish hampered from finishing higher. Bidne finished the tournament with a total score of 220 (+4).

"Steve definitely put in a strong performance for us today," Scheinost said. "He's frustrated with the way he finished, but it was a good final round for him."

Host-school Washington State took the team title, putting together a three-round score of 871 (+7). Missouri (+14) came in second after a strong final round. Idaho (+15), Missouri-Kansas City (+19), and Portland (+38) rounded out the top-five.

Missouri-Kansas City's Brett Iliff took medalist honors after finishing with a three-round score of 211 (-5).

Fellow junior, Nick Bisogno, finished tied for 26th after shooting his third straight 4-over par 76 to finish with a three-round score of 228 (+12).

Rich Lash, a senior, finished the final day strong with a 4-over par 76. He ended with a total score of 231 (+15), which was good enough to put him in a tie for 38th.

Troy Sidabras finished the tournament with a three-round score of 232 (+16), while teammate Kevin Collignon ended his three rounds with a score of 252 (+36).

"I'm kind of excited for the few weeks off that's coming up", said Scheinost. "We definitely have a lot of work to do and we have some things to fix, but everything is building up towards winning the America Sky Conference. I want to see us continue to get better and work towards getting back to the kind of golf we were playing in the fall."

The Bears will look to use their three weeks off to prepare for the Denver Desert Shootout on March 15, 16 and 17 in Goodyear, Arizona.