Bears within striking distance after first day at America Sky Championship
America Sky Championship stats day 1
McALLEN, Texas – The Northern Colorado men’s golf team finished day one at the America Sky Conference Championship in third place, despite suffering its highest scoring round of the season.
The Bears sit just eight strokes behind first-place Texas Pan-American, even though the team shot a 318 (+30) in the second round. After the first day at Las Logos Golf Club, the squad put together a two-round score of 618 (+42).
Steve Bidne, usually one of the Bears’ top golfers, endured a rough first-round, shooting a 10-over par 82, which was highest on the team.
“This golf course is pretty tough,” said Northern Colorado head coach Chuck Scheinost. “I think we played pretty well considering the conditions, but it definitely hurts to have one of your top guys struggle like Steve (Bidne) did.
“One thing we did do today was play conservative on a tough course, limiting our mistakes. I think that’s why we came up with 23 birdies, which was the most in the field. Unfortunately, we also put up some large numbers.”
Bidne finished his opening day by bouncing back with a 2-over par 74 second round, putting him in a tie for eleventh in the field.
The Bears were led by an impressive effort by Troy Sidabras as he came back from an injury he sustained last week at the PING Golf Cougar Classic. Sidabras opened his tournament with a 1-under par 71, the only under-par score on the day for the Bears. He sits in a tie for fifth place after putting a two-round score of 151 (+7).
Rich Lash sits alongside Bidne in a tie for eleventh, after posting a first day score of 156 (+12). Nick Bisogno finished his opening day with a total score of 159 (+15), while Jon Peterson shot a 165 (+21).
In the second round, which brought much higher scores from almost all of the Bears’ golfers, the wind picked up, making Las Logos even more difficult to play.
“When the wind picked, golfing definitely got a lot more frustrating,” Scheinost said. “It’s frustrating to see good shots land on the green and end up in hazards, while some bad shots end up close to the pin.
“We were initially disappointed after our second round, but anytime you are just eight strokes back from the lead going into the final day, you are in pretty decent shape. I’m excited to see how the guys react tomorrow and excited to see what they can do. If we can limit our mistakes and continue to make some birdies, I think we can really do some damage.”
It remains to be seen if the Bears can make the final-round charge to take the America Sky title, but undoubtedly, tomorrow’s final round will have some fireworks.