April 27, 2010

Bears fall just three strokes of America Sky title, finish in second

America Sky Championship Results (Final)

McALLEN, Texas – Using a strong final round, the Northern Colorado men’s golf team put a satisfying end to its season by finishing in second at the America Sky Conference Championship.

Beginning the day eight strokes back of Texas-Pan American for the lead, the Bears made a final-day surge, shooting a 302 (+20), and finished just three strokes away from a championship at Las Logos Golf Club. The Bears put together a total team-score of 920 (+56).

“We definitely battled hard after a disappointing second round,” said head coach Chuck Sheinost. “We were making a lot more birdies, but we still made some big mistakes. It’s disappointing that we had a chance down the stretch but played the last hole 2-over par.”

Troy Sidabras, a junior, turned in a great performance for the Bears as battled back from a second-round 8-over par 80 to finish in fourth place, shooting a 2-over par 74 on the final day. He ended his tournament with a three-round score of 225 (+9).

Steve Bidne also showed some heart as he battled back from a disappointing first-round to finish in a tie for eighth place after shooting a final-round 4-over par 76. He finished his event with a total score of 232 (+16).

Sidabras and Bidne were both recognized after the tournament for their stellar play. Sidabras was named First-Team All-America Sky, while Bidne was named Second-Team.

“I’m really proud of both Troy and Steve for making All-Conference,” Scheinost said. “We played tough on Texas-Pan American’s homecourse, but you have to give the other team credit for making some big birdies down the stretch.”

Texas-Pan America ended up taking home the championship after putting together a combined score of 917 (+53). Sacramento State (+68), Houston Baptist (+68), and Binghamton (+78) all finished in the top-five.

Individually, Brandon Reyna, of Texas-Pan American took home medalist honors after shooting a three-round total of 216 (+0). Houston Baptist’s Sumin Yu (+4), Pan American’s Armen Kirakossian (+7), Sidabras (+9), and Binghamton’s Jake Katz (+13) rounded out the top-five.

For the Bears, Rich Lash ended his career with a 5-over par 77 in the final-round, finishing with a total score of 233 (+17), good enough for 11th.

Nick Bisogno finished up in 12th place after shooting a combined score of 234 (+18), while Jon Peterson finished in 34th, shooting a 243 (+27).

With this performance, Northern Colorado will head into next season with high hopes as it looks to duplicate the success found here at McAllen. If the Bears have found the right formula for success, it could be a team to be reckoned with next year.

“While we are losing Rich (Lash) from next year’s squad, I’m really excited about some of the new guys coming in. We are going to have a solid squad next year, we’ll just have to see what happens.”


America Sky Conference First-Team:
Brandon Reyna, UTPA
Sumin Yu, Houston Baptist
Armen Kirakossian, UTPA
Troy Sidabras, Northern Colorado
Jake Katz, Binghamton

America Sky Conference Second-Team:
Kurt Owen, Weber State
Nick MacDonald, Hartford
Steve Bidne, Northern Colorado
Nick Neal, Sacramento State
Cameron Rappleye, Sacramento State