Day 1

Quick start leaves DU men in 3rd place in their DI regional; CSU Rams 8th after opening round in theirs; CSU-Pueblo 3rd at DII nationals

By Gary Baines – 5/16/2022

The University of Denver men’s golf team started quickly Monday in the NCAA Division I Regional, sitting in third place out of 14 teams in the Stockton, Calif., tournament.

Not bad for a school seeded 12th coming into the event.

The Pioneers made a tournament-best 24 birdies and fired a 6-under-par 282 as a team, leaving the Summit League champions four strokes behind leader Stanford in the 54-hole event. Carson Griggs led DU individually as his 3-under-par 69 put him in fifth place, a stroke behind the four co-leaders.

Meanwhile, the other Colorado-based team competing at the men’s DI Regionals, Colorado State, shares eighth place in the 13-team Bryan, Texas tournament. Connor Jones of Westminster, the Mountain West Conference individual champion, and Christoph Bleier led the way for the Rams with 1-under-par 71s.

At each regional site, the top five team finishers — and top individual not on those teams — will earn spots in the NCAA national championships, set for May 27-June 1 in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Stockton, Calif.

3. Denver 282

5. Carson Griggs 69

19. Jun Ho Won 71

19. John Sand 71

19. Esteban Missura 71

37. Jackson Solem 73

Bryan, Texas

8. Colorado State 293

16. Connor Jones 71

16. Christoph Bleier 71

47. Davis Bryant 75

51. Gavin Hagstrom 76

58. Rasmus Hjelm 77

Norman, Okla.

23. CU freshman Justin Biwer 72

45. Coloradan Walker Franklin, Louisville 75

Columbus, Ohio

25. Coloradan Griffin Barela, Wisconsin 73

For all the scores from the DI regionals, CLICK HERE.

— CSU-Pueblo Stands 3rd at DII Nationals: Meanwhile, CSU-Pueblo holds third place out of 20 teams after Monday’s opening round of the men’s NCAA Division II national championship in Dearborn, Mich. The Thunderwolves, winner of the DII regional at Pueblo Country Club, opened with a 7-over-par 295 and trail leader Indianapolis by seven strokes. The other Colorado team in the competition, Colorado Mesa, stands in 18th place after an opening-round 311.


May 16-18 in Dearborn, Mich.

3. CSU-Pueblo 295

13. Matt Millar 73

13. Jamie Roberts 73

24. Liam Duncan 74

33. Jeff Nelson 75

65. Andrew Ni 78

18. Colorado Mesa 311

44. Peter Grossenbacher 76

44. Timmy Cavarno 76

74. Yael Chahin 79

81. Kyle Pearson 80

94. Dakota Gillman 82

For all the scores from the DII nationals, CLICK HERE.

About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for since 2009. He was voted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2021. Email: