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."
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
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