Hanging Tough

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

Stockton, Calif.

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

Bryan, Texas

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

Norman, Okla.

24. CU freshman Justin Biwer 72-73–145

Coloradan Walker Franklin, Louisville 75-DNP

Columbus, Ohio

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)