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Golf Set To Open 2021 Season

Feb 6, 2021
Junior Kelsey Webster

Lamkin Invitational Live Results

BOULDER — It's been nearly 11 months since the University of Colorado women's golf team has played in a collegiate tournament, but that will change on February 8 when the Buffaloes tee off at the Lamkin Invitational in San Diego. 
 
CU, like so many other programs, is opening its season this weekend and excitement is definitely in the air as the team prepares to get back to doing something that feels 'normal' after the extended break.
 
"I think all of us are much more appreciative of what we get to do," head coach Anne Kelly said. "I think just the excitement and enthusiasm of being able to play a tournament again is a good thing. Hopefully, it gives everyone a renewed sense of excitement. Something that we get to do that is fun and back to normal. Everyone is looking forward to it with a sense of enthusiasm."
 
While the team hasn't been able to compete, they have been able to practice. And some were able to take part in local tournaments this past summer and fall. Even with practice, Kelly mentioned the team might be a 'little rusty' in their first outing, but she is excited to see how they perform.
 
"We've had some good practices on and off with the weather," she said. "I'm just looking forward to seeing how we are doing. I think we have a very talented team."
 
Kelly's first chance to see the team in action is February 8-9 at the Lamkin Invitational in San Diego, Calif. After that, there will be five more tournaments, including CU's own Silverado Showdown in Napa, Calif.
 
Without the fall season, there is more riding on these spring tournaments as each will weigh more towards qualifying for the NCAA Regional Championships in May. Kelly believes the schedule she has lined up for her team is very competitive, and given the competition the Buffs usually play, one would have to agree.
 
The team will likely be led by Kirsty Hodgkins, who is returning for her fifth season with the Buffs. Hodgkins led the Buffs for the last two seasons in stroke average and is the current CU career stroke average leader (73.78) with a minimum of 100 rounds played. With all her experience, she will be a key part of the CU line-up this spring.
 
Elle Otten is the other senior on the team and there are three juniors. Two of those juniors, Malak Bouraeda and Alisha Lau, have seen quite a bit of time in the line-up, while Kelsey Webster has been vying for her turn. Webster had a great summer and fall playing in some local tournaments and looks to be challenging for a position this spring.
 
Ellie Gower, Sophie Johnson and Issy Simpson are sophomores this year, although they did not get much time as freshmen during the 2019-20 season. Gower joined the Buffs in January of 2020 and only played in three tournaments for CU, while the other two, Johnson and Simpson were able to participate in the fall '19 slate. This past August, Hailey Schalk and Lauren Gooding joined the team as freshmen. All five are young and talented.
 
As the Buffs head out for their first tournament in almost a year, they are all surely excited for a part of their lives to feel 'normal'.
 
Fans can follow the Buffs at the Lamkin Invitational here with live scoring, which is also available at golfstat.com.