Strong round sends UCCS men’s golf to best national finish in history

Colin Prater
Colin Prater

The UCCS men’s golf team shot a two-under-par 286 May 23 in the third round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Golf Division II Championship Tournament, held at the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals Fighting Joe Course. The Mountain Lions finished ninth in the nation for the best finish in program history.

The Mountain Lions started the round tied for No. 1 2 but finished in ninth with a three-round score of 877 (298, 293, 286). UCCS finished one place shy of advancing to match play quarterfinals.

In Colin Prater’s final round of his college career, he shot a two-under par 70 and placed in a tie for No. 12 overall after carding a four-under-par 212 in the tournament. He earned RMAC Golfer of the Year for the second straight year after placing first at the RMAC championships in April. He is coming off a fourth-place finish at the NCAA regional, where he posted a four-under par 209.

Tanner Comes birdied four holes on May 23 to card a 72 and place in a tie for No 39. He finished with a four-over-par 220. Comes was a member of the all-region team announced May 23 and finished under-par in six tournaments this season, including the NCAA south central/west super regional (four-under par).

Ji Jang moved to No. 44 and finished with a 221. He birdied three holes on his way to a one-under-par 71 in the final round. Jack Duguid recorded five birdies, including a stretch of four birdies in five holes. He finished in a tie for 44th place with a 71 on the last day and three day total of 221. Isaac Spillum carded a 78 today and finished 95th overall with a 235.

UCCS previously finished No. 10 at the national championships in 2013 and 2003. The Mountain Lions qualified for their sixth national championship after a fourth-place performance at the regional championships in early May. Prater, Comes and Duguid were members of the all-region team and All-RMAC First Team, and all three were RMAC Golfers of the Week at least once during the season.

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