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

Despite a strong start in the first two rounds of the SMU Trinity Forest Invitational, the University of Colorado women’s golf team was not able to do the same in the final round and slipped from third to fifth overall.

The Buffaloes were tied with Baylor after Monday, but a tough day at the 6,154-yard par 72 Trinity Forest Golf Course hindered just about everyone on the Buffaloes’ roster. CU recorded a 20-over 884 for the tournament after shooting a 12-over 300 in the final 18 to finish in the top half of the field.

“The team overall struggled a bit today unfortunately,” head coach Anne Kelly said. “We have some work to do on wedge play and putting, but there were a lot of positives to take away this week. It’s a long season and we just need to keep improving each week.”

Oklahoma State took home the team victory with an 866 (2-over), while Texas Tech moved up three positions to finish second with an 8-over 872. North Texas ended up third (875) and Baylor took fourth (878). CU finished 11-strokes in front of the sixth-place team, Memphis (895).

Colorado was led by senior Kirsty Hodgkins, who entered the day as the tournament leader. Unfortunately, she was not able to hang on to her lead despite shooting an even 72 as Texas Tech’s Sophia Garcia shot an 8-under in the final round (64) to move up three spots and take the advantage from Hodgkins. Garcia finished the tournament with a 10-under 206, besting Hodgkins by four strokes.

“Kirsty played very solid golf today and this week,” Kelly said. “It is tough when another player shoots a 64. Kirsty hit the ball well all three rounds and today just could not quite get the putts to fall like she did in the first round. She put in good work this summer and came back prepared to play her senior year. She should have many more opportunities to win this season.”

Hodgkins recorded a 6-under 218 with rounds of 67, 71 and 72 to lead the Buffs. She started the day off with a birdie on No. 1, but off-set it with a bogey on the next hole. She made par on the following hole, but repeated her pattern of a birdie followed by a bogey on the next two holes to stay even. She finished the front nine with three additional pars and one birdie for a 1-under 35.

As she started the back nine, she was unable to stay under-par as she earned a bogey on No. 10. She did birdie on the next hole, but after a par on No. 12, she recorded her fourth bogey of the day and was unable to erase it as she made five straight pars to finish the round with a 1-over 37 on the back nine.

The second finisher for the Buffs was redshirt sophomore Alisha Lau, who shot a 75 (3-over) in the third round to finish at 7-over (78-70-75–223), which was tied for 20th. In the last 18, she recorded one birdie, 13 pars and four bogeys. Her 33 total pars led the team at the tournament.