UNC’s Coby Welch starts spring schedule with fifth top-10 finish of season

By Gary Baines – 2/11/2020

Coby Welch of Highlands Ranch is just a few months away from wrapping up his college golf career, and the University of Northern Colorado senior seems determined to go out on a high note.

Welch was stellar throughout the fall portion of the schedule, and he picked up where he left off this week in the spring schedule opener.

On Tuesday in St. George, Utah, Welch tied for second individually out of an 88-man field at the Pizza Hut Pat Hicks Invitational. He shot rounds of 70-69 for a 5-under-par 139 total, which left him one stroke behind champion Colton Tanner of Utah at Sunbrook Golf Course.

For the season, Welch has posted five top-10 finishes in six tournaments this season, including a tie for first at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in September.

UNC, which led the 12-team Pat Hicks Invite after firing a 285 on day 1, posted a 298 on Tuesday and finished fourth at 583. Air Force, which also opened its spring schedule in St. George, placed sixth at 592. Joshua Wu led the Falcons individually by tying for 11th at 145.

Pizza Hut Pat Hicks Invitational

Feb. 10-11, 2020 in St. George, Utah

4. (out of 12 teams) Northern Colorado 285-298–583

2. Coby Welch 70-69–139

17. Jack Castiglia 70-76–146

30. TJ Shehee 73-76–149

30. Marcus Tait 72-77—149

55. Nick Sharp 79-75—154

85. Blake Danni 83-83–166

6. Air Force Academy 300-292—592

11. Joshua Wu 73-72–145

30. Anson Kuznik 76-73–149

39. Luke Trujillo 75-76–151

52. Joseph Crisostomo 82-71–153

55. Jonathan Farmer 76-78–154

69. Kyle Spencer 83-75—158

76. Colter Baca 83-77–160

79. Patrick Erwin 77-84–161

83. Sam Legaretta 82-82–164