The Colorado women's golf team opened its spring season Saturday at the Peg Barnard Invitational in Stanford, Calif., where the Buffs sit in third place.

Colorado shot 9 over, or 293 as a group, on the par-71, 6,084-yard Stanford Golf Course, recording 11 birdies along with 55 pars.

Four Pac-12 opponents hold the top four places on the leaderboard, with Stanford (A) sitting in first place at 2-over par, 286. Oregon is six strokes back in second place, carding a 292 or 8-over par. The Buffs are one shot shy of second place. Fourth place belongs to San Jose State, which is in at plus 10 (294), just two strokes ahead of Stanford (B) team (297).

Colorado's Robyn Choi shot a 1-under 70 to end the day in second place at three strokes off the lead. She put in Colorado's lone sub-par round of the day. She played at 1-over par for most of the day but closed out the final three holes with three straight birdies on No. 15, 16 and 17. Choi collected five birdies on the day the second most among the competitive field.

Teammate Brittany Fan finished her 18-hole day in a three-way tie for ninth place after shooting a 1-over par 72. She had three bogeys on the afternoon, but offset those with two birdies. Fan started from hole 14 and shot three straight pars to start her day. She went on to hit two bogeys on hole No. 5 and 8 but closed out her day with a birdie and four pars.


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Senior Esther Lee, also of CU, played a steady first round, shooting a 1-over par 72 to tie for ninth place along with Fan. Lee shot even par on the front side and a 1-over on the back. She started from hole 16 and shot nine even par holes in a row. She collected 13 pars on the day and two birdies.

The final round of the tournament gets underway at 9:30 a.m. MT on Sunday. Colorado will play alongside Oregon State and Long Beach State.