The Beat Goes On

DU’s Cal McCoy bounces back from rough start to score individual victory at inaugural Les Fowler Colorado Invitational, hosted by CU at Boulder Country Club

By Gary Baines – 10/21/2019

The college golf season, which won’t conclude until early June, is less than seven weeks old, yet Monday marked the final NCAA Division I tournament that will be held in the state during the 2019-20 campaign.

The inaugural Les Fowler Colorado Invitational — named in honor of the longtime University of Colorado volunteer head golf coach (and Colorado Golf Hall of Famer, former CGA president and state senator) — was conducted on Monday at Boulder Country Club, where Fowler was a member for decades before passing away in 2003.

Thirty-three golfers, all from local schools, teed it up for a 36-hole individual event in which there was no team competition. When all was said and done, a Coloradan who has had an outstanding year so far added another feather to his cap.

University of Denver sophomore Cal McCoy, a 19-year-old who resides in Highlands Ranch, claimed the individual victory, his second in less than a year and a half as a college golfer.

So far in 2019, McCoy (pictured above) has won the Summit League individual title and the Fowler Invite, placed second in the Canadian Men’s Amateur and the CGA Match Play, and qualified for the U.S. Amateur. In four college tournaments so far this season, McCoy owns three top-eight finishes.

“I try to stay in the moment and keep grinding and do my thing,” McCoy said. “Obviously it’s been working out. I try to stay focused and play the best golf I can. Some days it works and some days it doesn’t.

“Today I played really well. A win’s a win.” 

DU sophomore Cal McCoy picked up his second individual college victory on Monday.

McCoy was 3 over par after four holes on Monday, but righted the ship and went 70-71 for a 1-over-par total of 141. He finished the day with six birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey.

“I’m proud of him,” DU coach Erik Billinger said of McCoy. “He’s been playing well all fall. And a win always breeds confidence. He’s a joy to coach, so it’s always fun to see.”

CU senior Daniel O’Loughlin, who tied for first place in regulation before losing in a playoff at the Buffs’ Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational earlier this month, tied for second place on Monday at 2-over 142 with DU’s Carson Griggs.

After a 66 in the morning, a rough finish cost CU senior Daniel O’Loughlin, who tied for second place.

O’Loughlin led by four after round 1 with a 4-under-par 66, but struggled to a 76 in the afternoon, when he played the final three holes in 3 over par. O’Loughlin and McCoy were paired in the same group all day, and both closed with a bogey, with O’Loughlin going over the green and missing a 10-foot par putt, and McCoy three-putting from long distance.

“I just grinded the whole day,” McCoy said. “It was really cold, and the wind started picking up in the afternoon, which made it tough to make birdies. I just tried to hit as many fairways and greens as I could. I did that pretty well other than my first few holes.”

DU put four players in the top five on Monday. Following McCoy, O’Loughlin and Griggs (69-73) were Denver’s Esteban Missura (71-72) and Connor Jones (72-73).

Earlier this month, DU claimed the team title at its own Ron Moore Intercollegiate, while CU won its Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational. Buffs coach Roy Edwards said the Simpson Invite, which is normally held at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, will be played at BCC next season.

Since the beginning of September, nine Division I tournaments have been held in Colorado. And, not surprisingly, local teams and players have fared very well in those events. With only six of the nine events featuring team scoring, four Colorado-based programs claimed individual titles in those events. And nine players from Colorado schools earned at least a tie for the top spot individually in the nine tournaments. 

Here’s a rundown of the Colorado-based team and individual winners of Division I tournaments held in Colorado this season:

— Sept. 6-8: Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at Eisenhower Golf Club’s Blue Course at Air Force Academy north of Colorado Springs. Champions: CU men (team); Jack Castiglia, UNC, and Coby Welch, UNC (both tied for first individually, but lost in a playoff).

— Sept. 16-17: Ram Masters Invitational at Fort Collins Country Club. Champion: CSU men (team). 

— Sept. 22-23: Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic at Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins. 

— Sept. 23-25: Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott. Champion: Anna Zanusso, DU (individual).

— Sept. 30: UNC individual tournament at Highland Hills Golf Course in Greeley. Champion: Connor Jones, DU (individual).

— Oct. 4-6: Men’s Ron Moore Intercollegiate at University of Denver Golf Club at Highlands Ranch. Champions: DU men (team); Jackson Solem, DU, and Jack Castiglia, UNC (individual).

— Oct. 6: Women’s Ron Moore Intercollegiate individual tournament at University of Denver Golf Club at Highlands Ranch. Champion: Erika Danielsson, DU (individual).

— Oct. 7-8: Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie. Champions: CU men (team); Daniel O’Loughlin, CU (tied for first individually, but lost in a playoff).

— Oct. 21: Les Fowler Colorado Invitational individual tournament at Boulder Country Club. Champion: Cal McCoy, DU (individual).

Les Fowler Colorado Invitational Scores

At Par-70 Boulder Country Club

Cal McCoy, Denver 70-71—141

Daniel O’Loughlin, Colorado 66-76—142 

Carson Griggs, Denver  69-73—142

Esteban Missura, Denver 71-72—143

Connor Jones, Denver 72-73—145

Joseph Crisostomo, Air Force 71-75—146

Kyle Spencer, Air Force 73-73—146

Adam Matteson, Colorado 72-75—147

Eric Hagen, Denver 70-77—147

Joshua Wu, Air Force 76-71—147

Andre Leveque, Colorado 76-72—148 

Victor Bjorlow, Colorado 75-74—149

John Paterson, Colorado 73-76—149

Luke Trujillo, Air Force 77-72—149 

Ross Macdonald, Colorado 73-77—150 

Jun Ho Won, Denver 70-80—150

Anson Kuznik, Air Force 77-73—150

Colter Baca, Air Force 72-78—150

John Sand, Denver 79-72—151

Jack Ainscough, Colorado State 75-76—151

Brady Arnett, Denver 73-78—151

Cole Krantz, Colorado 74-78—152 

Roy Kang, Denver 75-78—153

Jonathan Farmer, Air Force 73-80—153

Kristoffer Max, Colorado 80-74—154 

T.J. Shehee, Northern Colorado 74-81—155

Blake Danni, Northern Colorado 78-78—156

Sam Legaretta, Air Force 77-79—156

Andrew Lafferty, Colorado State 80-76—156 

Akedanai Ponghatkaikul, Colorado State 82-75—157 

Jackson Solem, Denver 79-80—159

Dino Degotardi, Northern Colorado 84-76—160

Patrick Erwin, Air Force 82-80—162