Men's golf ends fall season with sixth place finish in Hawaii
LIHUE, Haw. – The Northern Colorado men's golf team wrapped up its fall season with a trip to Hawaii to play in the Kauai Collegiate Invitational. The squad ended its three rounds at Puakea Golf Course in sixth place after shooting a combined score of 899 (+35).
The Bears improved each round after getting used to the greens, which were different than the team is used to playing on. The final round was Northern Colorado's best, shooting a combined 296 (+8).
"I thought the best thing about this week was how we improved each round," said Northern Colorado head coach Chuck Scheinost. "We definitely had some trouble on the greens and that really affected our chipping and putting, but overall it was a good tournament."
Individually, the Bears were led by Steve Bidne, who finished tied for 14th. After struggling a bit in the first round, shooting a 5-over par 77, he bounced back in the final two rounds, putting together two straight even par 72s.
Nick Bisogno finished in 26th after shooting a three round score of 225 (+9). His best round came in the first day, when he shot a 2-over par 74. His final score was Bisogno's second-lowest of the fall.
Jon Peterson finished up right behind Bisogno, shooting a combined score of 227 (+11), putting him in 28th place. His best round came in the second, where he shot a 2-over par 74, the lowest of his career at Northern Colorado.
Alberto Dell'Anna also played well during the week, coming through with a combined score of 228 (+12), his lowest of the fall. Ryan Boshoven finished up his tournament with a three round score of 233 (+17), putting him in 40th place.
"I was proud of the way Steve [Bidne] bounced back from a tough opening round," Scheinost said. "It was also really nice to see Alberto [Dell Anna] chip in and play well. We're going to need that kind of contribution in the spring."
San Diego ended up taking home the team championship rather easily, as it finished with a combined score of 842 (-22). British Columbia (-1), Hawaii (+12), Seattle (+17), and Texas-San Antonio (+31) rounded out the top-five.
San Diego's Gunner Wiebe (-8) took home individual medalist honors. San Diego's Manav Shah (-5), British Columbia's Andrew Robb (-4), San Diego's Alex Ching (-4), and Hawaii's Thomas Kua (-4) all finished in the top-five.
"We're definitely looking forward to the spring," Scheinost said. "We still have a lot of work to do, but we're excited to work during the offseason and make a run at the America Sky Championship."
Northern Colorado will undoubtedly be working hard in the winter months ahead to prepare for what looks to be an exciting and challenging spring season. The first spring tournament kicks off on Feb. 21 in Chandler, Ariz. for the Snowman Invitational.