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.
MEN’S DIVISION I REGIONALS MAY 16-18
3. Denver 282
5. Carson Griggs 69
19. Jun Ho Won 71
19. John Sand 71
19. Esteban Missura 71
37. Jackson Solem 73
8. Colorado State 293
16. Connor Jones 71
16. Christoph Bleier 71
47. Davis Bryant 75
51. Gavin Hagstrom 76
58. Rasmus Hjelm 77
23. CU freshman Justin Biwer 72
45. Coloradan Walker Franklin, Louisville 75
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.
MEN’S DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
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 ColoradoGolf.org since 2009. He was voted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2021. Email: ColoradoGolfJournal@mac.com)