The University of Colorado women’s golf team fared much better on Saturday after the second round of the PING/ASU Invitational, shooting a 10-over 298.
The Buffs are still 14th overall (607), but saw an 11-stroke improvement as they shot a 21-over 309 on Friday during the first 18-holes. At this point, they are only three strokes back from Oklahoma State (604) and are six-strokes from 12th-place Georgia (601).
“Things were better today, especially by Kirsty and Haley,” head coach Anne Kelly said. “Overall everyone managed their game better. We still have some work to do, but it was nice to see a little progress today.”
Stanford continues to lead the tournament and is 5-under with rounds of 287 and 284. Arizona State is just one-stroke back with a 4-under 572 (288 and 284). SU and ASU are the only two teams under par; there are three teams, Southern California, Northwestern and Oklahoma, that are tied for third at 4-over (580).
Senior Haley Nist and junior Kirsty Hodgkins each shot a 76 in the first round and shaved three strokes off their scores on the second day, shooting a 3-over 73. Both are tied for 38th in the individual standings after moving up 13 spots with a 5-over 149.
Hodgkins started the round on the back nine and was 3-over after recording three bogeys and six pars, but she was able to bounce back well on the front nine, making seven straight pars before finishing with a pair of birdies. Nist also started on the back nine and was 1-over before heading to the front nine. She recorded four birdies in the round with nine pars and five bogeys.
Third on the team is freshman Kelsey Webster, and although she did not improve her score from the first day where led the Buffs with a 2-over 74, she did not have a terrible day as she recorded a 5-over 77, and four of those strokes came on double-bogeys. Other than those two, she had one bogey and made par on the other 15 holes. She is tied for 52nd (7-over 151).
Sophomore Elle Otten took six strokes of her scorecard on Saturday as she also shot a 5-over 77, improving from her 11-over 83 on Friday. Otten’s second round included one birdie, four bogeys, one double and 12 pars. Her score of 16-over 160 is currently 79th overall.
The biggest improvement of the day came from freshman Malak Bouraeda. On Friday, she struggled on the course and recorded a 14-over 86. But on Saturday, she took off 11 strokes and came away with a 3-over 75, which included three bogeys and 15 pars. With the difference in her game, she was able to move up five positions in the individual standings and is tied for 80th with a 17-over 161.
Senior Gillian Vance, who is playing as an individual, shot her second consecutive 7-over 79 of the tournament and is tied for 76th.