STILLWATER, Okla. – Mixing a brutally tough course with a shot of Mother Nature made for a long afternoon for the University of Colorado women’s golf team.
The good news is when the weather cleared and the sun set – just as the round ended – the Buffaloes found themselves still in the mix, tied for 14th after the second round of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.
No. 28 ranked Colorado shot 13-over, 301, five strokes better than its one round score. The Buffaloes remained tied with No. 18 Wake Forest for the championship at 30-over, 607, falling one spot in the standings from Friday’s opening round.
No. 3 UCLA, on the heels of a tournament-best 9-under round, is the overall leader at 3-under. Top-ranked Alabama, which had the only other under par round of the tournament (-2) is five strokes back at 2-over. No. 6 USC, the day one leader, is a distant third at 13-over.
Senior Brittany Fan had Colorado’s low round of the day at 2-over, 74, and is tied for 36th overall. Sophomore Robyn Choi matched her day-one score with a 3-over, 75. Freshman Alisha Lau turned made the best jump of the day, shooting seven shots better to match Choi at 3-over, 75.
An afternoon tee time meant Colorado was treated to some good old-fashioned, late-spring Midwest weather. Winds were swirling and gusting early, but the Buffaloes, who started at No. 10, played the back side well at 4-over and hovered around the Top 8 for most of that time.
Just as Colorado was about to make the turn, rain and lighting in the area caused a 90-minute delay in the action. The Buffaloes weren’t able to recapture that momentum once play resumed, playing the front at 9-over. When the last golfers were coming off the course, they were partially being aided by an electronic scoreboard near the clubhouse.
“They’re all experienced players out there and have been through it before,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “Not much you can do but wait it out. We sat in the clubhouse and when it cleared, they were able to hit a few balls and tee it up again. Too bad our momentum kind of stopped, but it’s something you have to deal with in golf. Nothing we can control.”
With Saturday’s results, Colorado remains on the plus side of advancing to the next phase. The Top 15 teams advance to the final stroke play round on Monday that will then determine the Top 8 teams for the match play championship. There won’t be any margin for error tomorrow as six teams are within four strokes of the Buffaloes and Demon Deacons.