March 19, 2010

Northern Colorado moves up one spot after second round in Goodyear

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. Despite another day of ideal conditions to go along with solid rounds by two Bear golfers, the Northern Colorado men’s golf team struggled to move up in the leader-boards at the Denver Desert Shootout.

 The Bears finished up its second-round of play at the Palm Valley Golf Club with a team score of 296 (+8), moving past Northern Iowa into thirteenth place in the standings.

 Northern Colorado was buoyed by the performances of Rich Lash and Steve Bidne, with both golfers putting together under par scores.

 Lash, a senior, paced the Bears with a two-under par 70 in his second-round, showing toughness after struggling with a 4-over par 76 in the opening-round. His combined score of 146 (+2) puts him in a tie for 47th place with teammate, Steve Bidne.

 Bidne, a junior from Minnesota, finished his second day with a 1-under par 71, putting his two-day score at 146 (+2).

 “Both Rich (Lash) and Steve (Bidne) played great for us today,” said Northern Colorado head coach Chuck Scheinost. “I really thought Rich bounced back nicely after a rough finish yesterday.”

 Eastern Michigan (-18) moved into first place after putting together a day-high team score of 278 (-10). Wichita State (-14) moved up three spots into second place, while Kansas (-12), Xavier (-11), and Brigham Young (-8) round out the top-five.

 Wichita State’s Dustin Garza (-11) put together a 7-under par 65 to move into the top-spot in the individual leaderboard. Eastern Michigan’s Brandon Lemons (-10), Kansas’ Nate Barbee (-9), and Iowa State’s Nathan Leary (-8) constitute the rest of the top-four.

 “Our goal tomorrow is to put together a few solid rounds, because that’s what it’s going to take to catch some of the teams ahead of us”, Scheinost said. “We need to figure some things out and begin to build some momentum going into the final few tournaments of the spring.

“Fortunately, our play hasn’t hurt us too bad yet, and we’re still building towards the America Sky tournament, but in order to achieve our goals, we have to stop playing this mediocre golf.”