CU women’s golf finishes fourth at SMU Trinity Forest Invitational

The University of Colorado women’s golf team put together another steady round on Tuesday to finish fourth at the SMU Trinity Forest Invitational.

Illinois continued to dominate the field on Tuesday and won the tournament by nine strokes with an 8-over 272. The Illini shot an 11-over 299 in the third round after recording a 1-over 289 and a 4-under 284 on Monday in the first two rounds, respectively. Tennessee finished the tournament second with a 17-over 881.

The Buffs, who were fourth after the first two rounds, held on to their position after shooting a 15-over 303 in the final 36 holes. Conditions were tougher today with stronger winds, which was reflected in the team score as seven of the 12 teams had scores in the 300’s.

Junior Kirsty Hodgkins earned her first top-five finish of the season as she tied for fourth after shooting an even 72 in the final round (after rounds of 74-72). For the tournament, she was a 2-over 218 on the 6,233-yard par 72 Trinity Forest Golf Club. Over the course of the 54 holes, she recorded 38 pars, which tied for third in the tournament.

Senior Haley Nist finished second for the Buffs with a scorecard of 76-73-76-225, as she shot a 3-over 76 in the final round. She recorded one double in the round, which was cancelled with two birdies, and also had 11 pars and four bogeys. She ended up tied for 21st, which was a season-best finish.

Senior Gillian Vance shot a 4-over 76 to record a final score of 10-over 226, which tied for 24th when combined with her rounds of 75-75 from Monday. She was 3-over through her first 14 holes, but a pair of bogeys on the following two holes put her at a 5-over. She responded with her first birdie of the round on the next hole and finished the tournament on the following hole with a par.

Freshman Malak Bouraeda, who was second on the team after the first day, finished with a 7-over 79. Despite the score, she had a solid start and was just 2-over through seven holes. She recorded three bogeys and six pars over the next 10 holes to sit at 5-over, but an unfortunate double on the final hole, a par 6, put her at 7-under for the day. Overall, she ended up tied for 29th, which is her best collegiate finish.

Sophomore Elle Otten had another tough outing and shot an 11-over 83. She ended up 64th overall with a 28-over 244 scorecard (81-80-83). In the final round, she recorded eight pars, nine bogeys and one double.

Freshman Kelsey Webster, CU individual, finished her first tournament with an 8-over 80 after shooting rounds of 79-75. She totaled five birdies, 28 pars, 13 bogeys and two doubles over the course of the three rounds. Her score put her in a tie for 49th.