McGlasson Dedicates Win to Ailing Coach

Colorado men's gold coach Mark Simpson didn't make the trip to Tunica, Miss., for his team's play in the Tunica National Intercollegiate this week. Simpson, who is battling cancer, was in Boulder undergoing treatments. CU senior Edward McGlasson won the tournament Tuesday, and dedicated the win to his ailing coach.

"I need to take this victory and dedicate it to coach Simpson," McGlasson said after his victory. "Without his coaching, his wisdom and input into my game, there is no way I would be the golfer that I am today. I am praying for him every day, and I'm hoping that this win in his name can provide whatever inspiration it can in his battle against cancer."

Doctors discovered last week that Simpson's lung cancer returned after it appeared he had beaten back the disease. He began rounds of chemotherapy this week. Assistant Brad Neher led the team in Mississippi, as he done for each fall tournament.

McGlasson started the day at even-par after 36 holes and one shot out of the lead. He shot a final round 76 for a 4-over par total of 220 to win by a stroke over Tulane's Michael Thompson. The field of golfers played through wind and rain and temperatures in the upper 40s.

It was McGlasson's first career victory as a Buffalo. He helped Colorado to a sixth-place finish.

"You have to tip your hat to Eddie Mac," Neher said. "He really persevered out there in tough conditions on a tough, tough golf course."

McGlasson said it was good to break through and get his first win.

"But it was kind of a Catch-22 situation, since the team finished sixth," he said. "This would have felt a lot better had the team won, but nevertheless, it does feels good to finally get a win."

He said thoughts of Coach Simpson were heavy in his mind all week.

"Golf is a game; it's a sport, an activity," McGlasson said. "So it was cold and raining sideways, big deal. I just battled through it and hope that he can battle cancer in the same fashion.

"I am just so thankful for everything that he has done for me — not only as a player, but as a person. I wish he could have been here to share this with me."

SMU won the tournament.


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