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CU women’s golf: Esther Lee repeats as Buffaloes’ MVP

Esther Lee was named the Most Valuable Player for the Colorado women’s golf team for a second straight year as the Buffaloes celebrated their 2015-16 accomplishments on Wednesday evening.

The Buffaloes, set to leave for NCAA West Regional next week, were joined by school administrators, donors, support staff and family members as they honored their four graduating seniors and handed out several awards.

Junior Natalie Vivaldi earned the Most Improved Player Award and the four seniors — Megan Haase, Alexis Keating, Jamie Oleksiew and Allie Zech — were recognized for their academic achievements.

Lee, a Los Alamitos, Calif. native, leads the team with a 72.48 stroke average and has tallied a team-best 10 top-20 finishes this season, which is tied for second-most all-time in a single season.

Vivaldi improved her average by more than two strokes as a junior. The Oceanside, Calif., native owns a 76.04 stroke average and earned her first career top-10 finish earlier this month at the Buffaloes’ Silverado Showdown, posting 3-over par to finish tied for 10th place.

The four academic honorees all hold a 3.0 GPA or higher and are scheduled to graduate next month.

The Buffaloes tied a program-best with their fifth-place team finish at the Pac-12 Championships earlier this month and earned an invitation to the NCAA Regionals for a third straight year. Colorado, a No. 9 seed, will finish finals and then depart for Stanford, Calif., to compete in the NCAA West Regionals, May 5-7 at Stanford Golf Course.

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