While the University of Colorado would prefer a tournament title over anything else, the Buffaloes had a great glimpse into their future over the last two days.
Led by a sophomore and a pair of freshmen, Colorado placed third out of 11 teams at the 2016 Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational at the Almaden Golf & Country Club.
The underclassmen trio of sophomore Gillian Vance and freshmen Robyn Choi and Kirsty Hodgkins registered top 15 finishes to lead Colorado to a 29-over par 893 for the 54-hole tournament which wrapped up with Tuesday's final round.
Missing All-American Esther Lee for this event due to an illness, and a squad that's less than 100 percent for that matter, the Buffaloes finished the day with a 13-over 301, 11 shots better than fourth place Nevada, who joined BYU and San Jose State as the only three schools to shoot under 300 in the final round.
Hodgkins, playing in her second collegiate tournament led the way, tying for fourth overall. Vance had a career-best seventh place showing while Choi, playing in her first collegiate event tied for 15th.
BYU's Kendra Dalton took individual medalist honors with a 4-under 212. Dalton was one of only two golfers to shoot under par in the final round, recording a 1-under 71. San Jose State's My Leander, who had been tied for the lead with Dalton after two rounds, finished second with a 2-under 214. BYU's Alex White, who carded the day's other 1-under 71, was third with an overall 1-over 217. Hodgkins finished tied for fourth with Gonzaga's Ciera Min at 218.