CU Buffs women’s golf finishes 13th at PING/ASU Invitational

PHOENIX — Showing improvements every round, the University of Colorado women’s golf team moved up to 13th in the team standings on Sunday, finishing with a 39-over 903 at the PING/ASU Invitational.

The Buffs saved the best for last, shooting an 8-over 296 during the final round, which was just enough to move them past Oklahoma State. The Cowboys finished the tournament 14th overall with a 40-over 904 (300-304-300). CU recorded a 309 on the first day and then took off 11 strokes in the second round (298) at the 6,430-yard, par 72 Papago Golf Course.

“Over the course of the tournament, we got better,” CU head coach Anne Kelly said. “Kirsty played a very solid round today. Haley managed her game extremely well making some great par saves today. Kelsey showed good signs as well. Malak had a great round going early on, but mentally needs to get used to being under par. Slowly but surely we are making progress. Overall, we are a young team and they are gaining good experience.”

After leading for two days, No. 4 Stanford dropped down to fifth with a 1-over 865. Top-ranked Southern California moved up two places to take first overall with a 5-under 859. Arizona State, which is ranked 15th, ended up second just one stroke behind USC (860). Washington and Northwestern tied for third after shooting an even 864.

Just like they had done on Saturday, just about everyone for the Buffs showed improvement, starting with junior Kirsty Hogkins, who led the way. She tied for 29th after recording a 4-over 220 over the past three days. She shot rounds of 76 and 73, respectively, the first two rounds, and then took off another two strokes on Sunday, shooting a 1-under 71, which moved her up nine spots in the standings. The 71 marks her sixth round under par this season.

Hodgkins had a solid start to her day and after a pair of birdies and one bogey through the first nine holes, she was 1-under. She shot another birdie on her 12th hole, which brought her to 2-under, but the following hole she recorded a bogey to put her right back at 1-under, which is where she would stay.

The Buffs will be back in action April 7-9 at the Silverado Showdown in Napa, Calif.