April 5, 2010

Bears cannot finish second-round in Scottsdale, sit in 17th after one round

Cowboy Classic stats Day 1

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In the first day at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic, the Northern Colorado men’s golf squad not only had to battle 23 other schools vying for a championship, but also Mother Nature. The tournament’s second round at Talking Stick Golf Club was postponed until tomorrow due to inclement weather.

After the first round, which took place earlier this morning, the Bears sat in a tie for 17th place after putting together a combined score of 291 (+11). The team is currently tied with host-school Wyoming and just strokes behind several other schools.

Senior Rich Lash led Northern Colorado in the first-round with a 1-under par 69, the only under-par score for the Bears. He sits in a tie for 12th with two rounds remaining.

“Rich really played well this morning, especially after getting off to a bit of a tough start”, said Northern Colorado head coach Chuck Scheinost. “He definitely showed some toughness with the way he bounced back”.

Despite the strong showing from Lash, the rest of the Bears’ squad struggled in the opening round. Troy Sidabras finished second for Northern Colorado with a 3-over par 73, putting him in a tie for 58th.

Stephen Bidne, two-time America Sky golfer of the week, finished his first round with a 4-over par 74, which was good for 79th in the field.

Nick Bisogno finished up with a 5-over par 75 while Alberto Dell Anna ended his opening round with a 7-over par 77.

“This afternoon was disappointing for us,” Scheinost said. “The wind started to pick up with about three holes to go and we let things get away from us.

“It’s also pretty disappointing we didn’t get to finish up our second-round, especially since we have some guys done while other have just one or two holes to go.”

UC-Santa Barbara leads the event after one round with a team-score of 275 (-5). The Oklahoma Sooners (-1) and Colorado Buffaloes (-1) are tied for second, while Old Dominion (+1) and San Diego (+1) round out the top-five.

Individually, Nevada’s Tyler Coffman leads the field with an opening round 5-under par 65. Scott Clayton (-4) of UC-Riverside, Oklahoma’s Tyler Brody (-4), Santa Barbara’s Russell Boring (-4), and Colorado’s Justin Bardgett (-3) are all also in contention.

The Bears will look to complete its second-round in Scottsdale at 7:30 tomorrow morning and will finish up the event with the final round later.