NAPA, CALIF. - Behind a 69 from Kirsty Hodgkins in the second round, the University of Colorado women's golf team finished strong and ended the day in third place at the Silverado Showdown at the Silverado Resort and Spa.
Playing in one of its most challenging fields this season, the Buffs finished out the second day of the 54-hole tournament in third place at 1-under 287 to give them a second round score of 1-over 577. Besides CU, the 18-team field includes eight other schools who are currently ranked in the top 40 of the latest Golfweek poll.
Pac-12 schools are dominating the standings after 36 holes. Stanford is currently leading the way with a 17-under 559, with No. 6 ranked UCLA only five strokes back in second place at 12-under 564. Northwestern is only four strokes back of CU at 581. California and Iowa State round out the top-five teams at 7-over 583.
Freshman Kirsty Hodgkins led the way for the Buffs, firing out her first Sub 70 round of golf this spring season with a 3-under 69. She moved up 10 spots and is now tied for fifth place at a 141 or 3-under. Hodgkins started out her morning strong posting 7 pars and two birdies to start 2-under. She began her back nine with two straight birdies and with only one struggle on hole 13, Hodgkins hung tough and finished out strong to get her 3-under 69 score.
Brittany Fan shot a second round even par 72 and is tied for 12th at 1-under 143 through two rounds. Fan finished her front nine at 1-under.
Senior Esther Lee sits tied for 16th at even par 144 after shooting a 1-over 73 in the second round. Lee was up and down through the first nine holes as she collected three birdies along with three bogeys to finish even par. Lee then settled down a little to fire out four straight pars and closed out her second round with a birdie on hole 17.
Robyn Choi moved up 10 spots in the second round with a 1-over 73 and is at 5-over over 149 in the second round. Choi started off the day solid with a birdie and two bogeys on her front nine, but her consistency shined through as she recorded nine straight pars on the back nine to finish at 1-over.
Sophomore Lauryn Keating finished at 14-over 86. Through two rounds, Keating sits in 90th place with a 21-over 165. Keating struggled on hole No. 9 for the second day in a row, recording another triple bogey on the hole. She added nine bogeys and seven pars on the day.
Rebounding from an illness, Gillian Vance competed as an individual, shooting a 12-over 84. Vance was 4-over through the first nine holes but recorded three double bogeys late to go up to 8-over.
Stanford's Andrea Lee leads is in front with an 8-under 136. Lilia Vu (UCLA) and Hannah Kim (Northwestern) are only one stroke back at 7-under 137. Stanford's Casey Danielson moved up one spot and is now sitting fourth at 6-under 138, while a group of six golfers including Kirsty Hodgkins are in fifth place at 3-under 141.
The Buffs will wrap up the final day at the Silverado Showdown on Tuesday with a shotgun start beginning at 8 a.m. local time.