|Posted April 8, 2011|
ThunderWolves lagging behind at Augustana Invitational
CSU-Pueblo needing big rebound in regionally-significant tournament.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (GoThunderWolves.com - Apr. 9, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo struggled to keep up with stiff competition at the highly important Augustana Invitational Saturday, shooting a team 343 and languishing in 9th place after one round of play.
The tournament has added important since it pits the Pack against schools from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, teams that dominate the NCAA Division II Central Region rankings, making it all the more important for the Pack to get a leg up for such squads. Entering the tournament, CSU-Pueblo was a bubble team for regionals, sitting in 10th place in the region rankings. The region's top ten teams earn an invite to nationals.
While the Pack's play wasn't altogether bad - only one member of the Pack's fivesome shot over 90 - no players emerged as a dominant individual force after the first round. A trio of ThunderWolves shot respectable 85s, which put each in a tie for 29th place, but it paled in comparison to a field that seemed to have mastered the course - 12 players shot better than 80 and nobody in the top 20 had a score higher than 82. By comparison, a pair of 82s at the Pack's home tournament two weeks ago would have secured a 5th place finish.
With one round remaining Sunday, CSU-Pueblo need to make up serious ground, currently sitting an insurmountable 33 strokes out of first place and seven strokes away from a more modest 7th place finish.