PARKER, Colo. - After a sketchy showing at the RMAC Championships in Durango last weekend, the ThunderWolves needed to make some noise at the Northwest Regional Head-to-Head in Parker Monday. The ThunderWolves did just that.
Behind senior Casey Brock, who put up a round three 73 to finish third overall with a +8 224, the ThunderWolves kept up with a competitive field to finish 5th in the region.
David Duarte rebounded from a down first two rounds to turn in a -2 70 in the third round, the second best third round mark in the field, to finish 7th.
Derek Carleo, who after missing the last two tournaments, posted a season best +9 153 to come in in 8th place after two rounds. He eventually finished in 19th place.
Coming in to the regional, the ThunderWolves were ranked sixth in the region according to the NCAA Division II rankings. The Pack did that one better, finishing fifth. Overall, the ThunderWolves cut 14 strokes off their first and second round totals of 310, putting up a 296.
High scores were the norm across the board in the first two rounds, as only one golfer, UCCS' Tyler Bishop, was the long golfer to turn in a single round under par. Bishop's round one 69 helped buoy him to first place after two rounds, eight shots ahead of his nearest competitor, helping the Mountain Lions to be in first place, as well, in team scores after two rounds.
The next step for the ThunderWolves is the NCAA Super Regional in Sonoma, Calif. The ThunderWolves will await word this weekend if they will earn a trip to Super Regionals. The top eight teams in the Northwest region.