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Women's Golf Opens Spring Season This Weekend In California

Feb 13, 2015

STANFORD, Calif. - The University of Colorado women's golf team opens its spring season on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the 20th Annual Peg Barnard Invitational, hosted by the Stanford Cardinal.

The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be held at Stanford's home golf course. The 6,084-yard, par-71 course sits in the foothills overlooking the University's campus and has been home to many intercollegiate events such as the NCAA Regionals, NCAA Women's Championships and Pac-10 Conference Championships.

The Buffaloes, ranked No. 35 in the nation according to the latest Golf Stat poll, will face three Pac-12 Conference schools, all ranked in the top 40, among the 12-team field participating in the tournament. In addition to No. 5 Stanford, 34th-ranked California and Oregon, who is ranked No. 37 will represent the Pac-12. The other competing teams are Cal State Northridge (No. 168), Denver (49), Gonzaga (38), San Jose State (47), Nevada (115), UC Irvine (170), UC Davis (30) and USF (67).

Sun and mid-70s are in the forecast all weekend with zero percent chance of precipitation. The tournament will get underway with a 9:30 a.m. MT shotgun start, Saturday.

Making the trip for the Buffs are freshman Brittany Fan, sophomore Esther Lee, junior Alexis Keating, sophomore Natalie Vivaldi and junior Allie Zech, who will be competing in her first team event of the year. The others played in all four of the fall tournaments when a team score was recorded.

Colorado finished eighth out of 14 teams last season. Among the golfers traveling who played in the 2014 tournament are Keating, who posted a 75-76'151 and Vivaldi shot an 80-82'162.

Live scoring of both rounds will be available at birdiefire.com.