Senior Alexis Keating climbed into second place on Tuesday at the Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships after shooting a University of Colorado postseason record 6-under par. Keating's record performance helped the Buffaloes card a 4-under par 284 as they move into fifth place heading into Wednesday's final round at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, Calif..
Keating has shot the top two rounds in CU postseason history as her 66 on Tuesday matches her final round in last year's Pac-12 Championships. It also sets a new record in relation to par.
Colorado netted a second consecutive under-par round with its 284 and are 6-under for the tournament (286-284—570). The Buffs were one of only five teams to shoot under par on day two and posted the third-lowest team score of the second round.
Southern California shot a 13-under part 275 in the second round to extend its lead to 13 strokes over Arizona and UCLA, who are tied for second place at 10-under par. Arizona State fell one spot to fourth at 7-under par as Colorado rounds out the top five, just one stroke behind the Sun Devils.
"Alexis played really well today, a solid day all-around for her and the rest of the team played well, too," said Colorado head coach Anne Kelly. "It was perfect weather conditions again and the course was there for the taking. Everyone on the team is competing really hard and it's just a credit to this conference and the level of competition."
Keating is only one stroke behind leader Gabriella Then of Southern California, who led all golfers in the second round with a 7-under 65. Keating made 10 pars, 7 birdies and only 1 bogey on the day as she played both sides at 3-under par.
"I'm so happy for Alexis—nobody deserves it more than she does," said Kelly.
Junior Esther Lee had a difficult day on the course, more specifically on the back nine as she finished the day carding a 73 or 1-over par total. At the turn, Lee was even-par for the round. She started the back nine with two consecutive pars, then completed the next four holes at 2-over par with three bogeys and a birdie. Sitting at 2-over with three to play, Lee had a strong finish recording par-birdie-par. She enters Tuesday's final round at 1-under (70-73—143) and tied for 18th place.
Sophomore Brittany Fan also finished round two with a 1-over par 73. She had 13 pars and a pair of birdies against a trio of bogeys.
A day after matching her career-best mark of the spring season, freshman Gillian Vance tied an overall career-record and played her best round in a team when she shot 72 in the second round.
"I am really happy and proud of Gillian for the way she played today," said Kelly. "Her two rounds thus far are very good for a freshman playing at the Pac-12 Conference Championships."
The Pac-12 Championships conclude on Wednesday with the final round set to start at 9:30 a.m. Colorado will once again tee off from the first hole and play alongside Oregon.
1. Southern California 278-275—553; T2. Arizona 286-280—566; T2. UCLA 282-284—566; 4. Arizona State 285-284—569; 5. COLORADO 286-284—570; 6. Oregon 286-289—575; T7. Stanford 287-294—581; T7. Washington 289-292—581; T7. Washington State 287-294—581;
10. California 295-289—584; 11. Oregon State 292-293—585
2. Alexis Keating 70-66—136; T18. Esther Lee 70-73—143; T26. Brittany Fan 72-73—145; T39. Natalie Vivaldi 74-73—147; T39. Gillian Vance 75-72—147
TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS
1. Gabriella Then, Southern California 70-65—135; 2. Alexis Keating, Colorado 70-66—136; 3. Haley Moore, Arizona 66-72—138; T4. Robynn Ree, Southern California 70-69—139; T4. Lilia Vu, UCLA 70-69—139; T4. Linnea Strom, Arizona State 71-68—139; T4. Tiffany Chan, Southern California 67-72—139