The University of Colorado's women's golf team finds itself facing an uphill climb — albeit a slight one — in the final round of the NCAA West Regional today if it wants to extend its season.
A windy and rainy Friday at Stanford Golf Course left the Buffaloes tied for 10th with UNLV, four shots back of North Carolina for the sixth and final qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. CU carded a 16-over-par 300 total, sitting at 27-over 595 through two days in the 18-team field.
For the second straight round, CU played better on the back nine than it did on the front nine on the 6,269-yard, Par-71 course. The Buffs were 12-over through the first nine holes before cutting it back to 4-over on the back side.
"Honestly, we didn't play that badly today," Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. "We just didn't have anyone shoot a low round and we didn't take advantage of our opportunities, especially with our putting. They are all trying their hearts out. We just need to putt better, so we'll make a few adjustments for tomorrow and see what happens."
Pac-12 rival and host Stanford leads after two rounds with a 1-over 569, two shots ahead of Southern Cal. Ohio State and Virginia are tied for third, 15 strokes off the lead, while Arkansas (589) and North Carolina (591) round out the top six. The top six teams and three individuals not on those teams qualify for the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 20-25 in Eugene, Ore.
Individually, sophomore Brittany Fan continues to lead the Buffs. But her 4-over-par 75 dropped her from a tie for seventh into a tie for 21st. She is 4-over for the tournament.
Esther Lee is tied for 30th at 6-over 142. The Buffs junior struggled on the front nine, bogeying four of her first six holes before settling down with pars on 11 of the next 12 holes. Freshman Gillian Vance carded her second straight 4-over 75 to sit at 8-over for the tournament, tied for 44th.
Senior Alexis Keating is at 9-over 151, tied for 53rd, while junior Natalie Vivaldi is at 16-over 158, tied for 81st.
Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse and Arkansas' Alana Uriell are tied for the individual lead at 3-under-par 139. Stanford's Casey Danielson and Southern Cal's Tiffany Chan are one shot back, tied for third. Wake Forest's Jennifer Kupcho, a graduate of Jefferson Academy, is fifth at 1-under 141. The top five individuals are the only ones under par in the 96-player field.
NCAA West Regionals
1. Stanford 289-280—569
2. Southern California 287-284—571
T3. Ohio State 299-285—584
T3. Virginia 288-296—584
5. Arkansas 298-291—589
6. North Carolina 302-289—591
7. Michigan State 291-301—592
8. Pepperdine 298-295—593
9. Wake Forest 295-299—594
T10. COLORADO 295-300—595
T10. UNLV 300-295—595
12. San Diego State 299-297—596
13. Texas Tech 291-307—598
14. San Jose State 299-301—600
15. Idaho 300-304—604
16. Richmond 306-312—618
17. UC Riverside 306-313—619
18. Seton Hall 310-315—625
TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS
T1. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford 69-70—139
T1. Alana Uriell, Arkansas 72-67—139
T3. Casey Danielson, Stanford 72-68—140
T3. Tiffany Chan, Southern California 71-69—140
5. Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest 71-70—141
T21. Brittany Fan 71-75—146
T30. Esther Lee 72-76—148
T44. Gillian Vance 75-75—150
T53. Alexis Keating 77-74—151
T81. Natalie Vivaldi 79-79—158