March 8, 2011

Men's golf finishes in 9th after tough final round in Long Beach

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Northern Colorado men's golf team finished up its stay in Long Beach with a ninth place finish at the Del Walker Intercollegiate.

The Bears finished the third round with a combined score of 378 (+28) at the Virginia Country Club. They wrapped up their tournament with a three-round score of 1129 (+79).

On a day where most of the Northern Colorado golfers struggled to find a rhythm, Nick Bisogno was a bright spot, shooting a 1-over par 71 in the final round, which was the lowest of any Bear on the day. He finished with a three-round score of 223 (+13), placing him in a tie for 39th overall.

Steve Bidne, who began the day just a stroke out of second place, shot a 5-over par 75 in his final round to finish with a combined score of 218 (+8). He finished the tournament in a tie for 21st.

"Today was not a real good day for us," said Northern Colorado head coach Chuck Scheinost. "Once again, we got a couple good individual performances, but struggled as a team."

Santa Clara took home the team title, putting together a combined score of 1076 (+26). Finishing behind the Broncos were Long Beach State (+27), CSU Fullerton (+41), Weber State (+41) and CSU Northridge (+42).

Individually, UCLA's Gregor Main (-7) took home medalist honors. Santa Clara's Rick Lamb (-1), CSU Northridge's Nick Delio (+2), Louisiana-Monroe's Gustaf Kocken (+2) and CSU Northridge's Matt Siporin (+2) rounded out the top-five.

Alberto Dell'Anna shot a final round 6-over par 76. His three-round score of 226 (+16) put him in a tie for 48th.

Ben Krueger shot a 10-over par 80 in the final round to finish with a combined score of 231 (+21). He finished in a tie for 58th.

Ryan Boshoven (+22) finished in a tie for 60th, while Jake Hutton (+38) finished in a tie for 70th.

Luckily for the Bears, they have a quick turnaround as they travel to Bend, Ore. to play in the Brandon Dunes Championship in just three days.

"We are going to have to figure out how to play in a hurry as we head to Bend," Scheinost said. "That tournament has arguably the toughest field we'll face all season and tough course conditions to go along with it. Hopefully, we can figure things out and get back on track."