DU men still in the hunt for berth into NCAA national championship as Carson Griggs shares individual lead at regional; CSU-Pueblo remains in third place at NCAA DII nationals
By Gary Baines – 5/17/2022
The University of Denver men’s golf team remained very much in contention for a spot in the NCAA Division I national championships, while DU’s Carson Griggs shares the individual lead after Tuesday’s second round of the NCAA Stockton, Calif., Regional.
With the top five team finishers at each regional site advancing to the NCAA finals — set for May 27-June 1 in Scottsdale, Ariz. — DU stands in sixth place out of 14 teams in Stockton. And the Pioneers, the Summit League champions, are just a stroke behind fifth place Louisiana State going into Wednesday’s final round.
Griggs, runner-up in the 2021 CGA Match Play, is part of a six-way tie for the individual lead at 7-under-par 137. Griggs shot a 4-under 68 on Tuesday that included six birdies and two bogeys.
Meanwhile, Colorado State dropped into 10th place in the Bryan, Texas Regional. The Rams, who sit at 20 over par, are 21 strokes out of fifth place at the site. Christoph Bleier is leading CSU individually at 1-under-par 143, which leaves him in 17th place.
MEN’S DIVISION I REGIONALS MAY 16-18
6. Denver 282-275–562
T1. Carson Griggs 69-68–137
21. Jackson Solem 73-68–141
31. John Sand 71-72–143
37. Esteban Missura 71-73–144
53. Jun Ho Won 71-76–147
10. Colorado State 293-303—596
17. Christoph Bleier 71-72–143
37. Davis Bryant 75-73–148
54. Connor Jones 71-80–151
63. Gavin Hagstrom 76-78–154
Jay Pabin 80
24. CU freshman Justin Biwer 72-73–145
Coloradan Walker Franklin, Louisville 75-DNP
56. Coloradan Griffin Barela, Wisconsin 73-76–149
For all the scores from the DI regionals, CLICK HERE.
— CSU-Pueblo in Good Shape to Advance to DII Quarterfinals: Meanwhile, the Colorado State University-Pueblo men’s golf team remained in third place after two rounds of the NCAA Division II national championship in Dearborn, Mich.
If the Thunderwolves stay in the top eight after Wednesday’s final round of stroke play, they will advance to the head-to-head medal-play portion of the championship in a bracketed format. After two rounds, CSU-Pueblo is just two strokes out of the lead, held by Indianapolis. The Thunderwolves are coming off a regional victory at Pueblo Country Club.
Liam Duncan and Matt Millar are setting the pace for the T-wolves, as both are tied for 19th place at 148.
MEN’S DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 16-18 in Dearborn, Mich.
3. CSU-Pueblo 295-297–592
19. Liam Duncan 74-74–148
19. Matt Millar 73-75–148
24. Andrew Ni 78-71–149
30. Jamie Roberts 73-77–150
46. Jeff Nelson 75-77–152
17. Colorado Mesa 311-309—620
37. Timmy Cavarno 76-75–151
46. Peter Grossenbacher 76-76–152
82. Yael Chahin 79-80—159
82. Kyle Pearson 80-79–159
91. Dakota Gillman 82-79–161
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)