SEATTLE - For this day, call the number 13 a good luck charm.
Eagles by Robyn Choi and Brittany Fan on the par-5 No. 13 helped propel the University of Colorado to a 3-over par 291 in the first round of the 2018 Pac-12 Conference Women's Golf Championship at the Broadmoor Golf Club.
The No. 20 ranked Buffaloes are tied with No. 14 Arizona State and No. 4 USC for third place after round one, four strokes behind first-day leader UCLA. The No. 6 ranked Bruins were the only team in the red in Sunday's first round with a 1-under 287. No. 6 Stanford is in second with a 2-over 290.
"We got off to a much better start today," Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. "Despite a few hiccups with double bogeys, the team hung tough and finished strong. This is a very challenging course, one of the best we have played for a Pac-12 Championship."
After a quiet beginning, playing even for the first eight holes, Colorado faced some adversity around the turn, falling to 8-over through 11. The Buffaloes quickly turned that around, playing 7-under the next three holes, No. 12 through No. 14, vaulting Colorado right back into contention.
Sophomore Kirsty Hodgkins picked up a stroke with her first birdie of the day on the 354-yard par-4 No. 12 while the rest of the team held even.
Then came the 422-yard No. 13, which played as the course's easiest hole in round one, and the Buffaloes took full advantage. Freshman Alisha Lau pushed through first with a birdie while Hodgkins followed with a par.
Choi and Fan both reached the No. 13 green in two shots and nailed their respective putts to put Colorado's four scorers at 5-under on that hole alone.
"Both (Choi and Fan) hit excellent shots in and then made their putts," Kelly said. "That was a huge boost for our team and our finish."