|Posted May 3, 2010|
T-Wolves lag behind field after one round
PALM DESERT, Calif. - Despite a fast start Monday, CSU-Pueblo ran into trouble on the front nine as no Pack golfer made par, languishing in 17th place out of 20 teams after one round of Central Super Regionals at the Classic Club Golf Course in Palm Desert, Calif.
As a team, the Pack was 20 strokes behind Western Washington, the current leader, after one round, and 16 strokes behind fifth place Dixie State. To qualify for national championships, CSU-Pueblo must finish fifth or higher as a team.
Three ThunderWolves - Sean Thomas (So., Arvada, Colo.), Bryan Kruse (So., Westminster, Colo.) and Jimmy Moore (Sr., Lyons, Colo.) - were all at even par or below after five holes, but all three bogeyed down the stretch of the front nine and faded down the leaderboard.
Meanwhile, Brandon McCoy (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Chad Novak (So., Pueblo, Colo.) weathered the multitude of hazards on the front nine, leading the Pack with a +4 and +2, respectively, after nine holes.
The back nine was much more forgiving for the ThunderWolves, but consistency was an issue for all Pack golfers during the final stretch at the Classic Club. Though Novak and McCoy each registered three birdies on the back nine, they also each had three bogeys or worse.
After one round, Novak was the standard-bearer for the Pack with a +4 76, with McCoy a stroke behind at 77 and Kruse just behind him at 78. Those scores barely left any ThunderWolf in the conversation for individual accolades, as Novak's 76 left him tied for 43rd place overall. The leaders after one round shot a -3 69.
Tuesday, the ThunderWolves will be seeking a strong day that could set the stage for a comeback, head coach Josh Koschke said.
"Our goal tomorrow is to get into the top 10," Koschke said, "to give ourselves a chance to jump into fifth (during the third and final round) Wednesday."
After getting the late tee Monday, CSU-Pueblo will get an early tee time Tuesday at 8:20 a.m. PST. After one round scheduled Tuesday, the Regional will wrap up with the third and final round Wednesday.