PHOENIX, Ariz. — After the first of three rounds, Colorado's women's golf team is 14th overall at the PING/ASU Invitational as the Buffaloes collectively shot a 21-over 309 on Friday.
The Pac-12 Conference's Stanford leads the event with a 1-under 287. Just one stroke back is the host, Arizona State, which recorded an even 288 at its 6,430-yard, par 72, Papago Golf Course. The team race is very close as the top four are separated by a few strokes. Oklahoma is third (289) and Oregon is fourth (290).
"The bright spot today was Kelsey (Webster) with a 74 in her first collegiate round as a team member," head coach Anne Kelly said. "Other than that it was a struggle for the team. Kirsty (Hodgkins) was going well with the exception of two holes. Hopefully we pull together tomorrow and get things going in the right direction. We struggled with putting; it was not a good day on the greens for our team."
Webster leads the Buffs after shooting a 2-over 74, which is the first round in her collegiate career that counts for the team score. It's good for 30th overall at the tournament.
Hodgkins and senior Haley Nist are currently tied for 51st as each totaled a 4-over 76 on the day. Hodgkins totaled eight pars, four birdies, four bogeys and a pair of doubles, while Nist collected 12 pars, one birdie and five bogeys.
Sitting fourth for the Buffs after day one is sophomore Elle Otten, and freshman Malak Bouraeda is fifth on the team after recording a 14-over 86.
Senior Gillian Vance is playing as an individual and is tied for 72nd with a 7-over 79 after the first round. She started her day with a birdie and went on to record nine pars and eight bogeys.
Through the first 18 holes, Stanford's Andrea Lee lead has a one-stroke lead over Oklahoma's Kaitlin Milligan (67-68) as Lee shot a 5-under in the first round and Milligan recorded a 4-under.
The second round starts at 9 a.m. MDT on Saturday.