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Golfers Slip Into 18th In Ka’anapali Classic

Golfers Slip Into 18th In Ka'anapali Classic

        LAHAINA, Maui — The University of Colorado men’s golf team was looking to follow a pedestrian opening round with a solid one here Friday, but instead struggled in the opposite direction to slip three spots into 18th after two rounds of the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic, the Buffaloes’ final tournament of the fall season.
        Liberty is riding the wave of three players in the top seven, adding a shot to its first round lead with a 34-under par 534 team score.  The Flames are easily playing their best tournament of the fall, having finished ninth, 14th and sixth in their previous three events.  No. 17 East Tennessee State and No. 19 Oklahoma are tied for second, moving up a spot as both shot the same exact score again (a 17-under 267, the day’s best) and are in at 29-under 539.  North Florida is fourth (545) with San Jose State rounding out the top five (546).
        The Buffaloes never got on a roll, turning in a 9-over 293 Friday for a 13-over 581 score.  That dropped CU from a tie for 15th into 18th heading into the third and final round, which is also the final one this fall for the team.  Starting spaced apart on the back nine, the Buffs had four bogeys and a double before scoring their first birdie in the round.
        Sophomore Hunter Swanson paced the Buffaloes for the second straight day, turning in an even-par effort on the 6,700-yard, par-71 Royal Ka’anapali Course at Ka’anapali Golf Club.  Through 36 holes, he’s in a 2-under 140 and tied for 44th the best by a CU duffer entering the final round.  He eagled the 405-yard, par-4 14th hole, the only player to do so over the two rounds as he holed out with a knockdown 9-iron from the left center of the fairway, some 134 yards from the pin.  It was his team-best fifth eagle of the fall season.  In addition, he had two birdies and 11 pars, tying for the team-high, and four bogeys.
        Junior Justin Biwer matched Swanson’s even-par 71 for CU’s best second round score, and he’s in at 3-over 145 to stand tied for 77th.  His round was bolstered by his second eagle of the fall, which he made on the 460-yard, par-5 6th hole.  He also had two birdies and 11 pars opposite four bogeys Friday.
            Freshman Brandon Knight is tied for 94th after shaving a stroke off his first round effort, as his 3-over 74 has him with a 36-hole total of 7-over 149.  He had two birdies and tied for the team-high with 11…


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