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Buffs’ best effort of the spring lands top 10 finish at Silverado women’s golf tourney

NAPA, Calif. – With one final competitive round before the postseason, the University of Colorado women’s golf team got the momentum boost it needed.

The No. 20 ranked and host Buffaloes shot their best team round of the spring, an even-par 288, to finish tied with Oregon for 10th place at 27-over (891) at the 2018 Silverado Showdown at the Silverado Country Club North Course on Tuesday.

After shooting 14-over on day one, and 13-over in the second round, the Buffaloes put together a solid effort in their final showing before the 2018 Pac-12 Championships, April 22-24, in Seattle.

No. 8 USC ran away with the team title on the final day, finishing the 54-hole tournament with a 5-under 859 to win by 10 strokes. The Trojans, who led after the first round before falling into second yesterday, shot 6-under in the final round to pull away from the field. California was second at 5-over while Arizona, UCLA and round two leader Stanford tied for third at 6-over.

USC’s Jennifer Chang and UCLA’s Patty Tavatanakit shared medalist honors with an 8-under 208. Tavatanakit shot a 68 in the final round to catch Chang, who had at least a share of the lead the previous two days. Arizona’s Bianca Pagdanganan and California’s Jiyoon Jang tied for third one stroke back at 7-under.

Senior Brittany Fan and sophomore Robyn Choi had nearly flawless outings, logging only a single bogey apiece in their respective rounds. Fan’s 4-under 68 tied for the second-lowest round of the day, allowing her to finish tied for 12th overall at 1-over, 217. Choi shot a 2-under 70, finishing tied for 28th at 5-over 221.

“A better day for the Buffs,” head coach Anne Kelly said. “We had much better course management and concentration, and really good play by Brittany and Robyn.”