The University of Colorado women’s golf team was unable to make up any ground on Wednesday during the final round of the Pac-12 Preview, finishing the event ninth.
The Buffs had been tied for seventh through the first two rounds. After recording a pair of 299’s during the first two rounds, CU shot a 304 in the third round and slid to ninth in the team standings. Overall, the Buffaloes finished with a 26-over 902 at the 6,429-yard par 73 Nanea Golf Club.
“We have a very good, competitive team,” head coach Anne Kelly said. “We didn’t really have one round this fall where we got everyone together at the same time. I think going into the off-season and getting prepared for the spring, we really need to work on shots from 50-yards and in. We’ll come together, it just hasn’t been our time yet. I think everybody is just a little bit frustrated with the way we played, but I think they are determined to get going and have a great spring.”
No. 8 Arizona regained its lead from the first round and topped No. 22 UCLA, 857-859. Second-ranked Arizona State finished third (869) and No. 5 Southern California was fourth (875). Stanford, the top-rated team in the country, tied for fifth with No. 15 Oregon (880).
The Buffs were led by Alisha Lau and Malak Bouraeda on the final day as both carded a 2-over 75.
Lau was the top-performing Buffalo at the tournament, finishing with an even 219, which tied her for 17th. Through her first two rounds, she was 2-under (71-73). Her final round was another showing of her consistent play since returning from surgery. She only recorded three bogeys on Wednesday. Her day started on No. 6, where she made par, before hitting her first bogey. She was able to make another four straight pars before her second bogey on No. 12. Lau finished the back nine with six consecutive pars before turning back to the front nine. She recorded her final bogey on No. 1 and followed that with three pars. Lau sank a birdie on her final hole of the tournament.
“Alisha had a really good fall overall,” said Kelly. “She played well today; she just couldn’t get a birdie putt to drop. She played very solid.”
Bouraeda finished second for the Buffs with a 4-over 224 and tied her for 28th. She recorded rounds of 75-74-75. In the final round, she recorded four bogeys but matched it with four birdies (and nine pars). Unfortunately, she finished her day with a double-bogey, which put her at 2-over.
“Malak played a really solid round of golf and was fighting hard,” Kelly said. “She had a rough last hole, but she played a pretty good day.”
With the conclusion of the tournament, the Buffs are finished with their fall schedule. They will begin their spring slate February 10, at the Lambkin Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Rank Name Score
T17. Alisha Lau 71-73-75—219
T28. Malak Bouraeda 75-74-75—224
T32. Kirsty Hodgkins 75-73-78—226
T49. Issy Simpson 78-80-76—234
56. Elle Otten 81-79-79—239
TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS
Rank Name Score
1. Rino Sasaki, Washington 70-70-70—210
T2. Mariel Galdiano, UCLA 71-70-69—212
T2. Ty Akabane, UCLA 71-70-71—212
T4. Ya Chun Chang, Arizona 72-71-70—213
T4. Vivian Hou, Arizona 71-71-71—213
Rank Team Score
1. Arizona 282-291-284—857
2. UCLA 285-286-288—859
3. Arizona State 295-286-288—869
4. Southern California 290-290-295—875
T5. Oregon 287-303-290—880
T5. Stanford 294-291-295—880
7. Oregon State 299-301-287—887
8. Washington 300-298-296—894
9. Colorado 299-299-304—902
T10. California 300-317-304—921
T10. Washington State 303-314-311—928
12. Hawai’i 316-317-313—946