The Colorado men's golf team moved up one spot, but it wasn't enough in the final round of the NCAA Central/Fayetteville Regional on Saturday.

The Buffs finished eighth with a three-round team score of 47-over 911.

Illinois rallied to win the event with a 1-under-par 863 team total. Arkansas (864), Texas (880), Oklahoma State (882) and Kent State (892) rounded out the top five. Those teams earned automatic berths in the NCAA Finals in Georgia.

"It may not appear that way because the score was a stroke lower, but we had a better day today -- the course played its hardest of the three days," Buffs coach Roy Edwards said. "It was tough, and it would have taken a special round, almost an extreme round to qualify."

Senior Derek Fribbs led the Buffs, tying for 21st after closing with a 5-over 77 at The Blessings Golf Club. His three-round total was 8-over 224.

Freshman Philip Juel-Berg finished with a 4-over 76, CU's best score of the day, which gave him a 10-over 226 total and a tie for 30th.

CU sophomore David Oraee carded a 78 Saturday to tie for 39th at 229. Senior Jason Burstyn also fired a final-round 78 to finish at 232 and tie for 47th.

SMU's Mario Clemens won medalist honors with a three-round total of 3-under 213.

NCAA Central/Fayetteville

Regional

7,251-yard, par-72 The Blessings Golf Club

Team scores

1. Illinois 282-292-289--863

2. Arkansas 290-283-293--866

3. Texas 285-298-297--880

4. Oklahoma State 286-304-292--882

5. Kent State 288-303-301--892

T6. SMU 297-298-300--895

T6. Tulsa 303-292-313--908

8. Colorado 292-310-309--911

9. UNC-Wilmington 300-301-315--916

10. Kentucky 304-309-304--917

11. Liberty 303-313-303--919

12. Missouri-Kansas City 303-318-303--924

13. Indiana 307-306-318--931

14. Alabama State 313-327-329--969

Top 5 individuals

1. Mario Clemens, SMU 70-70-73--213

T2. Brian Campbell, Illinois 77-67-70--214

T2. Austin Cook, Arkansas 72-68-74--214

T2. Thomas Detry, Illinois 68-74-72--214

T5. Kevin Dougherty, Oklahoma St. 73-73-70--216

T5. Charlie Danielson, Illinois 65-78-73--216

CU individuals

T21. Derek Fribbs 74-73-77--224

T30. Philip Juel-Berg 73-77-76--226

T39. David Oraee 71-80-78--229

T47. Jason Burstyn 74-80-78--232

T66. John Hayes 80-85-80--245