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Former DU golfer Espen Kofstad notches top-3 finish on European Challenge Tour for first time since 2016; former Colorado resident George Cunningham records another top-10 on Korn Ferry Tour

By Gary Baines – 5/16/2021

Former University of Denver golfer Espen Kofstad posted his best European Challenge Tour finish in almost five years on Sunday, placing third in the Range Servant Challenge in Malmo, Sweden.

Kofstad, a 33-year-old from Norway, posted scores of 65-70-72-67 for a 14-under-par 274 total, which left him eight strokes behind winner Craig Howie of Scotland.

The performance was worth 14,000 euros for Kofstad, who last had a top-five finish in September 2016, when he won the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge. That was his third career victory on the Challenge Tour.

Kofstad, who played for DU from 2006-10, represented Norway at the 2016 Olympics. The Challenge Tour is one step below the European Tour.

For all the scores from the Range Servant Challenge, CLICK HERE.

Kofstad’s performance comes a week after former University of Colorado golfer Sebastian Heisele tied for ninth in the European Tour’s Canary Islands Championship in Spain.

Elsewhere in tour golf where players with strong Colorado ties recorded strong showings:

— Boulder County native George Cunningham recorded his fifth top-10 Korn Ferry Tour finish of the 2020-21 wraparound season on Sunday by tying for 10th place in the visit Knoxville (Tenn.) Open.

Cunningham, grandson of former Colorado Cup player Chuck Melvin, went 67-68-67-67 for an 11-under-par 269 total, which left him nine strokes behind winner Greyson Sigg.

Since missing 14 straight cuts on the Korn Ferry Tour last year, Cunningham has recorded five top-11 finishes.

For all the scores from the Knoxville Open, CLICK HERE.