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Persson-Gulda Leads W Golf To Solid Day

Apr 3, 2006

Rancho Mirage, Calif. - The University of Colorado women's golf team had their best round of the year in the morning round and put together a solid second effort to grab ninth place through the first two rounds of the Northwestern Invitational. 

 

The Buffs put up a 296 in the first round, their best score of the year topping last weekend's 297 at the MountainView Collegiate.  They then scored a 303 in the second, putting them in ninth after 36 holes.  Kent State is the team leader with a 279-276-555 total.

 

"I was very pleased with our whole team play in this morning's round," said head coach Anne Kelly.  "We are finally really able to get some solid rounds from our 3-4-5 players and it's helping us get our scores where they need to be.  It's a quality field and it's something we haven't seen as far as a lot of these East coast schools but it's a quality field for sure."

 

Colorado got its most consistent play of the day from senior Maria Persson-Gulda, who shot an even par 72 in first round play and then came back in the afternoon with a one-over 73.  It is her second-best two-round effort of the season, and puts her in seventh place after 36 holes with a score of 145.

 

"I'm happy for Maria to be able to put together a complete day of 36 holes today," said Kelly.  "She was in the same position in the fall at our Heather Farr tournament, and hopefully she can get a solid effort in the morning and shoot near or under par to get herself in the top five."  She putted well and that's probably best she's putted all year. 

 

Freshman Lindsay Caljouw posted her best collegiate round during first round play on Monday, putting up a two-under 70.  It was CU's best round of the year so far, and led to the Buffs putting up a 296, their best team score of the year as well.  But the freshman couldn't repeat her performance in the afternoon, but still managed a four over 76 and sits in 17th place with a total of 146.

 

"We've been waiting to get a score like this morning out of Caljouw," said Kelly.  "She really was able to score well on the back nine with great putts and she hit the ball really solidly.  In the second round she just had a couple of bad holes that hurt her score but she's playing really well." 

 

Junior Hannah Hoch was third for CU in the morning outing with a 75, followed by Lindsay Koth and Lindsay Senger, who both posted 79.  Hoch had a 76 in the afternoon, placing her 38th with a total of 151, with Koth and Senger shooting 78 and tied for 58th with a score of 157.

 

"Hannah is really on the verge of where she wants to be," said Kelly.  "She just is having a hard time getting putts to drop but it's going to come soon."

 

Tomorrow the Buffs will play their final round before heading to Norman, Okla., to get their first real look at Big 12 competition at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on April 9-10.

 

Colorado Individual Scores

T7.      Maria Persson-Gulda ......... 72-73--145

T17.   Lindsay Caljouw ................. 70-76--146

T38.   Hannah Hoch ....................... 75-76--151

T58.   Lindsay Koth ....................... 79-78--157

T58.   Lindsay Senger .................... 79-78--157


Team Standings

1.        Kent State.............................. 279-276--555

2.        Michigan State..................... 286-286--572

3.        SMU ...................................... 288-291--579

4.        Baylor.................................... 290-300--590

5.        UC - Irvine ........................... 301-290--591

6.        TCU ....................................... 292-301--593

7.        Iowa State ............................ 298-297--595

8.        Michigan............................... 296-302--598

9.        Colorado.............................. 296-303--599

10.      Texas Tech............................ 301-299--600

11.      Penn State ............................ 303-298--601

12.      Northwestern........................ 304-299--603

13.      Western Michigan............... 301-318--619

14.      Northern Illinois.................. 318-311--629