March 11, 2011

Bears use strong first round to compete with tough field in Oregon

Brandon Dunes first day stats

BEND, Ore. – In their second tournament in less than a week, the Northern Colorado men's golf team put together one of its strongest rounds of the season Friday morning at the Bandon Dunes Championship.

The Bears found themselves in a tie for seventh place after round one, as the team put together a team score of 298 (+10). They were tied for seventh with SEC powers South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

The second round at Bandon Dunes Golf Course was not as kind to the Bears, as they shot a combined score of 319 (+31) to slip to 12th place in one of the toughest fields they will face all year.

Individually, Northern Colorado received a very strong performance in the first round by Ryan Boshoven, who shot a 1-under par 71. In the second round, the senior shot a 14-over par 86 to come back to the field and finished with a two round score of 157 (+13) and sits in a tie for 66th.

After two rounds, Alberto Dell'Anna leads the Bears with a combined score of 151 (+7). He put two consistent rounds together, shooting a 4-over par 76 in the first and a 3-over par 75 in the second. It's the first time all season that Dell'Anna has been leading the squad after two rounds. After the first day in Oregon, the senior finds himself in a tie for 39th.

Senior Steve Bidne finished his day just a stroke behind Dell'Anna after putting together a two-round score of 152 (+8). In the first round, the Minnesota native shot a 2-over par 74. In the second round, Bidne put together a 4-over par 76.

Nick Bisogno finished his two rounds in a tie for 80th after putting together a combined score of 160 (+16).  Jake Hutton sits in a tie for 90th after shooting a two-round score of 169 (+25).

The Washington Huskies head into the final round with the team lead after putting together a team-score of 566 (-10).

Charlie Hughes, a Washington student-athlete, leads individually after putting together a 5-under par 67 and a 4-under par 68. He finished the first day with a combined score of 135 (-9).

The Bears will look to move up the leaderboard tomorrow as they wrap up their stay in Bend. The final round kicks off in the morning.