CU women’s golf remains in hunt after second round at Pac-12

SEATTLE — University of Colorado senior Brittany Fan shot a 1-under 71 to move into a tie for fifth place and the 20th-ranked Buffaloes remained within striking distance of the team lead after the second round of the 2018 Pac-12 Conference Women’s Golf Championship at the Broadmoor Golf Club.

Fan shot under par for the second consecutive round and now sits at 3-under 141, three strokes behind co-leaders Patty Tavatanakit and Lilia Vu of UCLA.

Fan’s teammate Robyn Choi shot even par 72 and sits two shots behind Fan, tied for ninth with a 1-under 143.

As a team, the Buffs tied their day one score of 3-over 291 and sit in fourth place with a 6-over 582 heading into Tuesday’s final round.

“The team is competing very hard and although we’re disappointed with a few mistakes and missed opportunities, they really fought back coming in,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said in a release. “We are enjoying the challenge and look forward to tomorrow. Hopefully we can clean up a few of our errors, make a few more birdies and then we’ll see what happens.”

Third-ranked UCLA is the overall leader at 3-under 573 and has a six shot lead heading into the final day of play. No. 4 USC is second at 3-over, followed by No. 13 Arizona at 4-over. The Sun Devils turned in the days best round, finishing as 3-under as a group.

Fan and Choi combined to card 10 birdies and played the back nine at 4-under. Fan finished especially strong, going from 3-over through 11 to a top-five finish by birdieing five of the next six holes.

“Brittany had a rough stretch of holes, but came back with a bunch of birdies which show what a strong competitor she is,” Kelly said.

Fan’s 141 total ties her with Jenny Coleman (2013) for the second-best score after 36 holes at a conference tournament in team history.

Choi birdied three of the final six holes, but also recorded a pair of bogeys at No. 16 and 17 to keep her at even par.

Sophomore Kirsty Hodgkins shot a 1-over 73, freshman Alisha Lau carded a 3-over 75 and junior Gillian Vance came in with an 8-over 80.