CU women’s golf tied for third at SMU Trinity Forest Invitational

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DALLAS — The University of Colorado women’s golf team got its season off to a solid start on Monday and is currently tied for third at the SMU Trinity Forest Invitational.

The Buffs shot an 8-over 584 and are tied with Baylor. CU shot a 294 in the first round and followed it up with a 290 in the second. Oklahoma State leads the field at 3-under (291-282—573), while North Texas has a narrow lead over Colorado and Baylor with a 6-over 582 (291-291).

“We are way better than we were last spring, that’s for sure,” head coach Anne Kelly said. “But this team can play way better (than they did today), that was the only frustrating part of the day. We left a lot of shots out there and by that I mean the scoring shots like chipping and not three-putting so often. But on the bright side there was a lot of good stuff. I am encouraged and see a lot of potential.”

While most of the team got out to a slower start in the first round, senior Kirsty Hodgkins recorded one of her best 36-hole days in her college career as she leads the field at the 6,154-yard par-72 Trinity Forest Golf Course. She shot a 5-under 67 in the first round and followed it up with a 1-under 71 in the second round for a 6-under 138.

Even though her second round was not as good as her first, it was still a good showing. She was even through the first nine with two birdies, five pars and two bogeys, and tallied another six pars, two birdies and one bogey (again on No. 18) in the back nine for the 1-under.

Her 138 is tied for the seventh lowest 36-hole score in CU history and is the best two-round score for Hodgkins since she earned a 133 (68-65) at the Coeur D’Alene Collegiate  September 26, 2017.

The Buffs had a pair of athletes tied for 18th overall with sophomore Malak Bouraeda and redshirt sophomore Alisha Lau as both recorded a two-round total 4-over 148.

Freshman Sophie Johnson made her collegiate debut at the tournament and is currently tied for 30th. She recorded a 76-75—151 scorecard, which included four birdies and 23 pars.

Another sophomore, Kelsey Webster, was in the mix for CU. She is tied for 40th heading in to the final day after rounds of 77 and 76.

The SMU Trinity Forest Invitational will conclude on Tuesday, Sept. 10, with the final round starting at 8:30 a.m. CT.