Colorado matched its first-day stroke total in Saturday's second round of the 2018 PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., but unfortunately that didn't equate to upward movement in the tournament's standings.
The No. 18 ranked Buffaloes carded a 7-over, 295, for the second-straight day on Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course, but slipped from sixth to ninth place after 36 holes (295-295—590).
Sophomore Robyn Choi shot a 3-under par 69 to lead Colorado and is tied for sixth overall with a two-day score of 141 (-3). She logged one of six rounds in the 60's on the day and sits only two strokes behind the tournament leader, Emma Broze of Oklahoma State.
No. 17 Oklahoma State leads after round two at 7-under par (569). The Cowgirls were 5-under for the day to take a three-stroke lead over No. 16 Washington (-4). TCU and Arizona are tied for third at 1-under.
Choi recorded her second career round in the 60s with a fantastic back nine. After playing even on the front, she had four birdies on the back. Similar to Friday's first round, Choi birdied three straight holes, touching all three par designations, only this time she went from long to short, knocking off a stroke at the 498-yard par-5 No. 10, before doing the same at the par-4 No. 11 and par-3 No. 12.
Battling a sore back, Choi played even from that point on, logging four consecutive pars before finishing with a birdie on the par-5 No. 17 and a bogey on the par-4 No. 18.
"Robyn played very solid," head coach Anne Kelly said. "She is showing her determination by playing through her back issues."
Freshman Elle Otten shook off the nerves of a tough first day, an 11-over par 83, to register the best round of her young career. Playing in just her fifth collegiate round, Otten shot an even-par 72, giving her Colorado's second-best score of the day.
Senior Brittany Fan finished her second round with a 4-over 76, and is tied for 34th overall (148).