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W-Golf In Sixth At Mountain View

Mar 26, 2005

TUCSON - The University of Colorado women's golf team carded a first round 299 and season low second round 292 for a first day 591 and sit just eight strokes off the lead in sixth place at their own seventh annual Mountain View Collegiate here Saturday with an opening day 591.

 

            With a sense of urgency placed on their last two tournaments of the regular season, Saturday's loops were the team's first two sub-300 rounds of the season and lowest opening 36-hole score in program history.  It is their best start since going 298-298-296 in the 2001-02 season opener.  It also marked just the second time this season, first since the season opener at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., that the Buffs played their first two rounds without having to count an 80 or higher in the team score.

 

            "We played very solid golf today.  We got a lot of much needed help from our fourth and fifth players, especially in the second round.  It's good to be in the heat of the battle at this point of the tournament in a good field," said head coach Anne Kelly.  "We talked after the Irvine tournament about needing a couple of good weeks of golf.  They listened, they understood, and they responded today."

 

            Louisville's Meghan Little fired a tournament record first round 4-under 68, and turned in 3-under second round 69 and sits three strokes ahead of Iowa State's Lisa Meshke (69-71-140) and four ahead of Colorado State's Trisha Quick (70-71-141) and Idaho's Cassie Castleman (72-69-141) who are tied for third.  Four players had matched the previous tournament single round low of 69. 

 

            In its first Mountain View Collegiate, Northwestern leads the 15-team field, carding a 291-292-583 for the slim two stroke lead over Missouri (294-291-585).  The Wildcats' opening round 291, as well as Iowa State's first and Missouri and Idaho's second round, were one off the team single round record low of 290 set by Arizona in 1999 and tied by Kansas State in 2003. Eight strokes separate Northwestern (583) from sixth-place Colorado (591). Defending champion Denver finds itself in a rare position, as the Pioneers are in 15th place, 42 strokes off the lead. 

 

            The difference for Colorado today was the play of fourth and fifth players Jessie Malcolm and Jess Ellis.  Malcolm carded a first round 78 before shooting 17 straight pars with just one bogey on 18 in the second for a season-low 73.  Ellis made the biggest first to second round leap of her career, as the sophomore was in 75th place after an opening round 82, but shaved eight strokes off her second round score for a career low 74 to move up 17 places for a share of 58th place.

 

            "The Jess' played very well today," complimented Kelly.  "Ellis played okay the first round and had a little trouble finishing, but turned around to play a very solid second round, as did Malcolm."

 

            For a second straight tournament, Maria Persson-Gulda finds herself pacing the Buffs with a team low 146 after Saturday's opening loops.  She is in a six-way tie for 13th place with teammate Hannah Hoch who seems to be friends with her driver again according to Kelly, and is off to her strongest start since the Kent Youel Invitational in October.

 

            Senior Allison Rella is having the strongest Mountain View Collegiate of her career, carding a 74-74-148 for a share of 20th place, where she finished as a sophomore with a 54-hole 228.  Playing as an individual, Lindsay Koth is in 77th place with an 82-82-164.

 

            The third and final round will tee off with a shot gun start at 8 a.m. (MT).  "The entire field is so close.  We need to get hot while the course is playing easy.  We can't predict what anyone else will do.  We just need to do the best we can and see what happens when we get in," closed Kelly.

 

-- pick up results --

 

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW COLLEGIATE

Mountain View Golf Course (Tucson, Ariz.)

TEAM SCORES

1. Northwestern............ 291-292-           583

2. Missouri................... 294-291-           585

3. Iowa State................ 291-295-           586

4. Colorado State.......... 295-293-           588

5. Idaho....................... 299-292-           590

6. COLORADO............ 299-292-           591

7. San Jose State......... 294-300-           594

8. Kansas.................... 297-299-           596

9. Boise State............... 304-293-           597

10. Louisville................ 306-292-           598

11. Nebraska................ 301-299-           600

12. Kansas State.......... 311-295-           606

13. Northern Arizona..... 307-307-           614

14. Portland State......... 311-305-           616

15. Denver................... 314-311-           625

 

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS

1. Meghan Little, Louisville..................... 68-69-  137

2. Lisa Meshke, Iowa State.................... 69-71-  140

3. Trisha Quick, Colorado State............. 70-71-  141

3. Cassie Castleman, Idaho................... 72-69-  141

5. Heather Scholten, Northwestern......... 71-72-  143

6. Louise Kenney, Iowa State................ 71-72-  144

6. Ina Kim, Northwestern....................... 70-74-  144

6. Renee Skidmore, Idaho..................... 74-70-  144

6. Maria Ohlsson, Missouri.................... 75-69-  144

6. Stephanie Wavro, Missouri................ 73-71-  144

 

COLORADO PLAYERS

T13. Maria Persson-Gulda..................... 74-72-  146

T13. Hannah Hoch................................ 73-73-  146

T20. Allison Rella.................................. 74-74-  148

T35. Jessie Malcolm............................. 78-73-  151

T58. Jess Ellis...................................... 82-74-  156

*77. Lindsay Koth................................. 82-82-  164

 

*-- playing as an individual