April 15, 2011

Men's golf begins to gel at just the right time

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Day one results

PROVO, Utah – The Northern Colorado men's golf team finished the first day of the PING Cougar Classic in a tie for 11th place after putting together a two-round combined score of 588 (+12).

With this tournament being the final tune-up before the America Sky Conference Championship, the Bears are undoubtedly looking to peak at the right time. If you talk to head coach Chuck Scheinost, that's exactly what he thinks his team is doing.

"Although we could have and should have played better today, I am really happy with the way we played as a team today," Scheinost said. "We didn't let our mistakes hurt us as much and we had a couple of guys really step up and lead."

Alberto Dell'Anna is one of those players that stepped up for the Bears, as he started off the tournament with a bang. His first round even-par 72 is tied for his lowest round ever as a Bear. He followed his stellar first round with a second round 2-over par 74 and sits in a tie for 30th after the first day with a 146 (+2).

Steve Bidne opened up his tournament with back-to-back 2-over par 74s. The senior sits in a tie for 46th after a two-round score of 148 (+4)

After the first day, Troy Sidabras finds himself tied with Bidne, but came to his two-round score of 148 (+4) a bit differently. After struggling to a 6-over par 78 in the first round, Sidabras bounced back in the second round to shoot a 2-under par 70, the lowest round of the tournament for any Bear.

"I know Steve (Bidne) is a little disappointed with the way he played," Scheinost said. "But if he can put together a solid final round, he can still do some damage.

"Troy (Sidabras) really stepped up for us in the second round. Even though he struggled in the first, he was a real leader this afternoon."

Ryan Boshoven shot out of the gates quickly as he shot an even-par 72 in the first round. Unfortunately, he struggled a bit in the second and finished with a 6-over par 78. He sits in a tie for 59th after a two-round score of 150 (+6).

Nick Bisogno sits in a tie for 79th after putting together a two-round score of 153 (+9).

UNLV leads the team scoring after finishing the first day with a combined score of 565 (-11).  UNLV's Kevin Prenner leads the individual competition after putting together a 5-under par 67 first round to go along with a 4-under par 68 in the second. He finished with a two-round score of 135 (-9).

As far as America Sky competition goes, the Bears trail Weber State, arguably the favorite the win the conference, by just one stroke after two rounds. The Wildcats sit in 10th place with a two-round score of 587 (+11).

"The important thing is we're playing a little bit better as a team," said Scheinost. "But we're still going to need to play better to win the conference. It will be interesting to see if we can continue to improve tomorrow."