The University of Colorado men's golf team saw its season come to a sudden end Saturday, as the Buffaloes dropped four spots in the standings and finished 12th in the NCAA Southeast/Auburn Regional.

Colorado, ranked No. 48 nationally, entered the final round in the thick of things, in eighth place but just two shots out of fifth, as the top five teams after 54 holes would earn the right to advance to the NCAA Championship Finals. But for a team that made a habit out of playing its best round to close out tournaments all season long, the opposite happened Saturday as the Buffaloes shot the highest score in the 14-team field, an 18-over par 306, thus closing with a 901 total, some 17 strokes back of the cutline.

The Buffaloes have nothing to be ashamed of, a youthful team completing a successful season and making some postseason noise until running out of steam.

"It was just a bad day, there's really no other way to describe it," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "Everyone is disappointed — no one wanted the season to end like this. I don't think nerves played a role at all. We just played bad, and that's unfortunately what can happen. Everybody was in good spirits at the start, we were excited to get out there and play today. With things so close, it was important to get off to a good start and we didn't."

The Buffs' four scorers were even through three holes, but by the time they were done with one-third of their rounds, CU was 8-over par and the handwriting was pretty much on the wall; of the 11 teams that finished ahead of the Buffs, only five posted rounds over par, and none higher than plus-5.

"I didn't notice the kids pressing after we didn't get off to a good start," Edwards said. "When we hit good shots, we weren't able to convert, and when we didn't hit our best shots, we weren't able to make the saves. There's just no magical explanation at the end of the day as to why what happened. The golf course was there for the taking today, the conditions were good for scoring, easily the best of the three rounds.

"We just weren't good, it just wasn't our day. It stings, we weren't expecting this, but we'll learn from it."

Freshman Jeremy Paul shot CU's best round of the day, an even-par 72, and did so with a little panache on the 7,254-yard, par-72 Auburn University Club course layout. He birdied his final three holes (7, 8 and 9) to do so; it enabled him to finish with a 7-over 223 total which tied him for 28th overall as well as seventh best among the 20 freshmen which competed here. He had five birdies, eight pars and five bogeys in his final round, with his nine birdies a team-high for the regional (and tied for the 11th-most in the field). Perhaps the irony was his finishing with a birdie on No. 9, the toughest hole of the week in the regional: only 12 birdies were scored on it all three days combined.

Sophomore Philip Juel-Berg recorded a final round 4-over 76, which gave him an 8-over 224, tying him for 34th. He ran the gamut Saturday, with an eagle, two birdies, nine pars, four bogeys and two doubles.

The good news is that the Buffaloes return this entire team plus sophomore Drew Trujillo for the 2014-15 season, while losing only senior Johnny Hayes.

Auburn Regional

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T28. Jeremy Paul............................... 75-76-72—223

T34. Philip Juel-Berg.......................... 77-71-76—224

T39. David Oraee............................... 74-73-79—226

T66. Ethan Freeman........................... 79-79-79—237

69. Yannik Paul................................. 70-86-83—239

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1. Marco Iten, Austin Peay State...... 71-70-67—208

2. Cory Whitsett, Alabama............... 71-69-72—212

T3. Klein Klotz, Sam Houston State...... 76-71-66—213

T3. Scott Vincent, Virginia Tech.......... 73-70-70—213

T3. Tom Lovelady, Alabama............... 72-71-70—213

TEAM SCORES

1. Alabama................................. 287-284-282—853

2. Kennesaw State...................... 297-291-287—875

3. Auburn................................... 294-292-292—878

4. Virginia Tech........................... 301-291-290—882

5. Texas..................................... 293-300-291—884

Did not make cut

6. New Mexico........................... 302-295-288—885

T7. UNC-Greensboro..................... 298-296-292—886

T7. Brigham Young....................... 299-294-293—886

T9. Louisville................................. 297-305-286—888

T9. UC Davis................................ 300-304-284—888

11. Sam Houston State................. 300-303-286—889

12. COLORADO............................. 296-299-306—901

13. Alabama State........................ 311-303-299—913

14. St. John's............................... 315-300-303—918