Thursday May 21 2009
Seawolves, Bauer In Hunt For NCAA Golf Title
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
Ex-Colfax golfer leads Sonoma State charge after two rounds
BLAINE, WASHINGTON - Playing here in their third straight NCAA Div. II National Golf Championship Tournament, the Sonoma State Seawolves are not short on postseason experience. This week the Seawolves, after two rounds of play in the NCAA championship tournament, find themselves again right in the thick of the battle for the NCAA crown that will continue thru Thursday and Friday. And, leading the Seawolves’ early NCAA charge has been a former Colfax High golfer. Patrick Bauer, a 2007 CHS graduate, has fired opening rounds of 71 and 72 (143) and sits in third place on the Div. II individual competition leader board, two strokes back of co-leaders Gene Webster of Cal State San Bernadino and Steve Cuzzati of Wayne State. More importantly, Bauer and his Sonoma State teammates sit tied for third place with Columbus State of Georgia, both at 589, in the 28-team competition, just six strokes behind leader Barry University of Florida (583) and second place San Bernadino (584). The championship tournament is being held at Loomis Trail Golf Club, a par 71, 6,995 yard layout located in western Washington near Bellingham. Also in the tournament is Cal-State Stanislaus, a fellow member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association with Sonoma State. The Warriors sit in 12th place after two rounds with a score of 609. Trevor Blair, another 2007 Colfax High graduate and ex-Colfax High teammate of Bauer, has shot opening rounds of 82-75 for Cal State Stanislaus.