TUCSON, Ariz. - Led by freshman Robyn Choi, the Colorado women's golf team got off to a great start to the Pac-12 Championship on Monday.
The Buffaloes finished the first of three rounds in a tie for second place at Sewailo Golf Club. It is CU's best standing after the first round of a conference tournament since placing second in the opening round of the 2007 Big 12 Tournament.
UCLA is the first-round leader with a team score of 2-over par 290, while CU and Stanford are six shots back, at plus-8. Fourth-place Southern California is at plus-16.
Choi fired an even-par 72 on the 6,583-yard course, leaving her one shot off the lead after the first round. UCLA teammates Lilia Vu and Bethany Wu are tied for the lead after going finishing at 1-under 71.
Choi had five bogeys during the opening round, but countered that with three birdies and an eagle on the par-5, 544-yard eighth hole. It was one of just six eagles in the field on Monday.
Another CU freshman, Kirsty Hodgkins, and junior Brittany Fan are part of an eight-player tie for sixth, at 2-over 74.
CU senior Esther Lee is tied for 21st after a 4-over 76, while sophomore Lauryn Keating finished at 12-over 84. The top four players count toward the team score.
As a team, the Buffs tied with Arizona State for the most pars on the day, with 51, while ranking fifth with 11 birdies. Fan and ASU's Linnea Strom tied for the most pars individually, with 14.
Hodgkins tied for third with four birdies on the day.
The second round will begin at 9 a.m. Mountain on Tuesday, with CU's tee times beginning at 9:40 a.m.