The University of Colorado women's golf team completed its first tournament of the 2015-16 season Tuesday, finishing tied for seventh place at the Minnesota Invitational in Minneapolis on the par 72, 6,119-yard Minikahda Club.
The Buffaloes shot 303 or 15-over par in the final round and concluded the meet with a 300-301-303—904 or 40-over par team score. There were high winds on Tuesday, which didn't allow for much movement on the leaderboard. The top three teams heading into the last round all finished in the same position from when the day began.
Purdue held onto its first place standing and went on to win the tournament with a 20-over par, 884 scorecard. East Carolina finished two strokes back in second place at 22-over par and Illinois earned third place, just one stroke behind East Carolina and three back from first at plus-23. Kent State and tournament host, Minnesota tied for fourth with both schools posting 31-over par, 895 scores.
"We definitely know what areas we need to work on to get better and get ready for the next event," said Colorado head coach Anne Kelly. "Esther had a good chance to win, unfortunately she didn't quite pull it off, but she is playing well despite the bum knee. We as a team didn't play well at all. We're definitely not at our best, but we'll get there."
Junior Esther Lee anchored the Buffs team scoring, shooting even-par (71-70-75—216) in the 56-hole meet and finished in a fourth place tie, earning her fourth top five finish at CU. Lee carded a 3-over par 75 in the third round, playing even-par on the front nine with one birdie and one bogey, and she shot 3-over on the back side.
Team scores — 1. Purdue 287-299-298—884; 2. East Carolina 301-289-296—886; 3. Illinois 289-303-295—887; T4. Kent State 289-309-297—895; T4. Minnesota 292-305-298—895; 6. Houston 297-299-301—897; T7. GRU Augusta 300-301-303—904; T7. Colorado 300-301-303—904; 9. TCU 295-308-307—910; 10. Texas 308-306-303—917; 11. Kentucky 310-307-310—927; 12. Kansas 314-312-317—943
Top individuals — 1. Celia Kuenster, Minnesota 68-72-73—213; 2. F. Gustafsson Spang, East Carolina 72-69-73—214; 3. Linn Andersson, Purdue 71-70-74—215; 4. Esther Lee, Colorado 72-70-75—216; T5. Megan Thothong, Houston 73-72-74—219; T5 Lisa Pettersson, East Carolina 76-70-73—219
Top Buffs — 4. Esther Lee 71-70-75—216; T15. Allie Zech 71-78-76—225; T38. Brittany Fan 79-76-75—230; T52. Natalie Vivaldi 79-77-80—236; T56. Alexis Keating 79-81-77—237; 68. Lauryn Keating 84-82-W—166