Coming off a disappointing 36-hole performance Monday and facing a 3½-month break on the horizon, the Colorado women's golf team wanted to make a statement before closing out the fall season alongside its conference rivals.
The Buffaloes did just that Tuesday, turningin the day's third-best round, a 1-under 291, to leap from ninth to a tie for fifth to complete the Pac-12 Preview Tournament at the 6,372-yard, par 73 Nanea Golf Club in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
No. 45 ranked Colorado, registering just the fourth sub-par round for the entire 54-hole tournament, finished tied with No. 26 California at 30-over 906. The Buffaloes attacked the course for 13 birdies on the final day among the four players that scored in the final round. Equally as important, the Buffs stayed away from the big numbers, logging 47 pars with just 12 bogeys and no double bogeys or higher.
Six of those birdies belonged to freshman Kirsty Hodgkins, who led Colorado with a 4-under 69, shooting up 12 spots on the final day to finish tied for ninth. Senior Esther Lee and sophomore Gillian Vance both shot an even 73 while freshman Robyn Choi carded a 3-over 76.
Colorado had a top four finish in its sights, at one point sitting at 5-under late in the round, but in the end was edged by No. 46 Oregon by one stroke (plus-29, 905).