CU tops golf leaderboard
From Staff Reports Colorado Daily

BOULDER, Colo. (U-WIRE) -- The CU men's golf team prevailed in the 58th Annual Western Intercollegiate Tuesday winning its first major tournament in four years. Colorado beat No. 12 California and No. 4 Georgia Tech to win the meet held at the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Colorado finished with an 852 team score besting California by two strokes on the 6,445-yard, par-70 course. The Golden Bears finished at 854 and Georgia Tech placed third at 855.

The Buffs carded a 10-over par final round score of 290 to break a three-way tie with Cal and Tech going into the final round at the oldest men's college golf tournament west of the Mississippi. CU was ranked No. 43 in the latest GolfStat rankings -- No. 41 in Golfweek.

"...That's what we wanted to accomplish as a coaching staff at the start of the year, to teach them how to win," CU head coach Mark Simpson said in a press release. "But we changed it from learning how to win to learning the art of winning ... so this is a big step for our team, because we learned how to win."

CU rode the performance of senior Kane Webber, who turned in his first collegiate medallist outing, winning by two strokes over Long Beach State's Bret Lederer, who also closed with a 68 to card a 208.

Making birdies on four of his last 10 holes, Webber recorded a 2-under par 68 in the final round, giving him a 4-under 206 total for the meet.

"That's as good as it gets in college golf, to win as an individual and your team wins the tournament," Simpson said.

The 2003 Colorado Golf Association's Player-of-the-Year, Webber was one of only three players in the 78-man field to record two sub-par rounds in the tournament.

It was his third top-10 finish this season, but the first in the top 5.

"I can't say that I played perfectly out there," Webber said assessing his play. "But I played smart when I got into trouble. So it's a good feeling."

Simpson wasn't surprised by the senior's performance.

"I felt pretty strongly that Kane was going to get a victory somewhere along the line this year," said Simpson. "You never know for certain, but I felt good that he was going to get it done."

Colorado last won in the fall of 2000, claiming the rain-shortened Colorado State Ram Intercollegiate. They are next in action next week in CU's own Colorado-Stevinson Ranch Invitational.

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