The University of Colorado women’s golf team earned their highest finish at the Nanea Pac-12 Preview on Wednesday afternoon, tying for third.
The Buffs recorded a 1-over 293 in the final round to add to their previous rounds of 290 and 293. Overall CU finished the tournament with an even 876, which is the CU 54-hole par 73 record, and were just two strokes off the winner, Arizona (874).
Arizona, the reigning NCAA Champion, moved up from fourth place on Tuesday, to first place on Wednesday with a final round 290 (2-under). The Wildcats ended the tournament at 2-under 874 (295-289-290) and had a one stroke lead over California, which had been in the lead after two rounds. Cal recorded a final scorecard of 289-292-294 (1-under 875).
“The team really fought hard and came very close to the win!” head coach Anne Kelly said. “This event show just how competitive the Pac 12 is! It was a team effort and closing birdies by Malak (Bouraeda), Haley (Nist), Kirsty (Hodgkins) and Robyn (Choi) made a big difference.
“Overall ball-striking was very good; we just need to putt a bit better. I’m very proud of our team and the effort they have given this fall. I think everyone needs a little break, especially Robyn who has played 22 rounds in the last 26 days or so and has traveled at least 5,000 miles. We will get a bit of work done in the off-season and then go hard in the spring.”
The Buffs ended up tied for third with Southern California, which also moved up in the final day. The Trojans were sixth after two rounds (289-296-585) and moved up into third after shooting a 1-under 291 in the final 18 holes. CU was fourth heading into the final hole, but moved up into the tie for third after a birdie from Choi on No. 18.
Colorado not only had a great team performance, but a pair of Buffs, Choi and Hodgkins, recorded top-five finishes. Hodgkins recorded a 3-under 70 in the final round to move from a tie in eighth place, to a tie in third place. Overall, she recorded a 4-under 215 to lead the team, which is the best score ever for a Buff at the tournament. Through the 36 holes, she recorded 11 birdies, 37 pars, five bogeys and one double.