After another steady round, the University of Colorado women’s golf team finished seventh at the Washington State University Cougar Cup Tuesday.
The Buffaloes recorded a 2-over 290 in the third round to finish the 54-hole tournament with a 6-over 870 on the 6,277-yard par 72 Palouse Ridge Golf Course. CU moved up one position in the standings during the round and were just two strokes behind sixth place San Francisco (868).
Oregon State, which led after two rounds, hung on for the win, finishing with a 20-under 844. OSU shattered the tournament record (864 by Idaho in 2016). Second place went to Oregon (852), while Denver and Washington tied for third (854).
The highlight of the tournament for Colorado continued to be the play of sophomore Malak Bouraeda, who moved up three positions and into a tie for third. Her consistent play saw her shoot 2-under 70s in each of her three rounds as she finished with a 6-under 210, which is the lowest score of her collegiate career. Her score is also tied for the fourth lowest in school history on a par 72.
She started her round on No. 7, making a pair of pars before sinking her first birdie of the day on No. 9. On the back nine, she recorded her second birdie of the round before following it up with two more pars. Entering No. 13, she was sitting at 2-under, but a third birdie put her 3-under. She stayed at 3-under for another two holes, but a double bogey on No. 16 put her at 1-under. Bouraeda finished the back nine with a birdie and par.
With six holes left to play, she made par on No. 1 and then birdied No. 2 before recording a bogey on the third. She repeated that sequence as she finished her round at 2-under.
The turnaround from last week’s 224 to this week was a 14 stroke improvement.
Freshman Sophie Johnson finished the tournament tied for 27th after recording a 2-over 218, which included her third round score of 73.
After a tough first day, senior Kirsty Hodgkins rebounded on Tuesday with a much better performance, carding an even 72.
Redshirt sophomore Alisha Lau shot a 3-over 75 in her final round to score a 6-over 222 and tie for 42nd.
Sophomore Kelsey Webster shot a 6-over 78 in her final round to finish tied for 66th with a 12-over 228. She recorded her first eagle of the season on No. 17, in addition to making two birdies. She also had seven pars, six bogeys and two doubles.
Freshman Issy Simpson finished her first tournament tied for 42nd. She carded a 77 (5-over) in the final round to record a score of 222.