September 19, 2006

Outstanding Final Day Helps Bears to Fourth Place Finish at Purple & Red Invitational

Sept. 19, 2006

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LAYTON, Utah - The University of Northern Colorado men's golf team fired a third round low combined score of 277 (-11) to jump from ninth place and finish fourth overall out of 17 teams at the Purple & Red Invitational hosted by Weber State University and the University of Utah and held at Valley View Golf Course.

The final round score was seven shots lower than the next closest team on Tuesday (Cal Poly) as the Bears finished at +3 for the event, just four strokes behind Hartford and Utah, who tied at -1; Hartford won the tournament on a tie-breaker while Cal Poly finished third, three strokes ahead of the Bears.

Northern Colorado's four individual golfers who had scores count on the final day of play were fantastic, with senior Jon Stecher leading the way with a final round 67 (-5). Stecher had rounds of 77, 70 and 67 at the event to finish tied for seventh overall.

Stecher tied with three golfers, including Nic Van Vuuren of Utah Valley State, last season's Division I Independent Championships medalist. Cal Poly's Dave Lewinski was the individual medalist, finishing at -8, six strokes ahead of Stecher.

Sophomore Jordan Ensrud fired a final round 68 (-4) to finish at 217 (+1) for the three-day event; he tied for 15th overall. Junior Eric Higgins was 23rd overall after a final round 72 (E); he had rounds of 73, 73 and 72 in the two-day event. Senior Kyle Sullivan tied Higgins for 23rd overall after his final round score of 70 (-2).

Sophomore Derek Hofmeister finished 87th overall (238, +22).

"Our guys did a really great job today," Bears head coach Wally Goodwin said. "This was a really hard course to play and I am really impressed with our results. The guys were terrific and never lost their composure."

As a team that Bears topped 13 schools including day one leader San Francisco, regional rival Wyoming and three schools associated with the Big Sky Conference - Weber State (A & B teams), Sacramento State and Idaho State.

Northern Colorado is back in action on Oct. 8-9 when they travel to metropolitan Chicago (Glencoe, Ill. - Skokie Country Club) to compete in the Windon Memorial hosted by Northwestern University. Coach Goodwin served as head coach at Northwestern from 1981-87.

Northern Colorado Individuals

 7. Jon Stecher       77-70-67  214 (-2)
15. Jordan Ensrud     74-75-68  217 (+1)
23. Eric Higgins      73-73-72  218 (+2)
23. Kyle Sullivan     75-73-70  218 (+2)
87. Derek Hofmeister  81-78-79  238 (+22)

Team Finishes

 1. Hartford            283-288-292  863 (-1)
 2. Utah                295-279-289  863 (-1)
 3. Cal Poly            293-287-284  864 (E)
 4. Northern Colorado   299-291-277  867 (+3)
 5. San Francisco       282-286-302  870 (+6)
 6. Southern Utah       289-295-288  872 (+8)
    Weber State         292-288-292  872 (+8)
 8. Portland            290-291-299  880 (+16)
 9. Weber State 'B'     295-290-296  881 (+17)
    Gonzaga             295-296-290  881 (+17)
11. Boise State         298-295-289  882 (+18)
12. Utah Valley State   299-293-292  884 (+20)
13. Idaho               305-290-293  888 (+24)
14. Utah State          299-299-298  896 (+32)
15. Wyoming             303-295-301  899 (+35)
16. Sacramento State    306-292-305  903 (+39)
17. Idaho State         307-307-309  923 (+59)