MINNEAPOLIS — In its first tournament of the 2015-16 season, the Colorado women's golf team was tied for seventh place after two rounds in the Minnesota Invitational at the par-72, 6,119-yard Minikahda Club in Minneapolis.

The Buffaloes shot nearly identical scores in each round, recording a team score of 25-over-par 601 through 36 holes. Purdue leads the tournament at 10-over. East Carolina made the biggest move of the afternoon, climbing seven spots in the second round and is four strokes back at 14-over par and in second place. Illinois is in third at 16-over, and Houston fourth at 20-over. Tournament host Minnesota rounds out the top five at plus-21.

"Overall, we didn't play our best, not nearly close to what I think we can do," Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. "First round, first day out of the box we're a little rusty."

Colorado's Esther Lee picked up right where she left off at the end of last season with a stellar 3-under par (71-70—141). The junior is in a three-way tie for second place heading into the final round.

"Esther played really good golf," Kelly said. "That took some guts to play that well because I know she was hurting quite a bit. She played extremely well, plus with some adversity to overcome and she really showed how tough she is today."


Colorado individuals

T2. Esther Lee 71-70—141

T13. Allie Zech 71-78—149


T39. Brittany Fan 79-76—155

T46. Natalie Vivaldi 79-77—156

T59. Alexis Keating 79-81—160

63. Lauryn Keating 84-82—166

Top 5 individuals

1. Celia Kuenster, Minnesota 68-72—140

T2. Linn Andersson, Purdue 71-70—141

T2. Esther Lee, Colorado 71-70—141

T2. F. Gustafsson Spang, East Carolina 72-69—141

5. Bing Singhsumalee, Illinois 66-76—142

Team scores

1. Purdue 287-299—586

2. East Carolina 301-289—590

3. Illinois 289-303—592

4. Houston 297-299—596

5. Minnesota 292-305—597

6. Kent State 289-309—598

T7. GRU Augusta 300-301—601

T7. COLORADO 300-301—601

9. TCU 295-308—603

10. Texas 308-306—614

11. Kentucky 310-307—617

12. Kansas 314-312—626