Colorado Slips to Sixth After Second Round Of The Sun Devil Winter Classic
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Colorado women's golf team received very consistent play from its top two but was unable to keep pace with Arizona on Tuesday. The two teams switch positions in the team standings as CU slipped one spot to sixth (594) and the Wildcats moved up to fifth (592), after the second round of the Sun Devil Winter Classic.
Junior Malak Bouraeda and senior Kirsty Hodgkins each carded a 72 on the 6,482-yard, par 72 Talking Stick-North Course, but as a team, the Buffaloes recorded an 11-over (299), four strokes more than Monday's round (295), and fell two strokes behind Arizona, which carded a 294 to leap-frog CU as the Wildcats moved into fifth with a two-round total of 592.
"We had a bit tougher conditions today with wind and hole locations," head coach Anne Kelly said. "Overall tee to green, I thought the team played quite well. We did have a couple of players struggle with putting today, but they are learning. Malak and Kirsty played very solid rounds especially the last few holes coming in. I feel like this team is very close to a breakthrough- with a little more experience for the younger players and a bit more confidence overall, I think we will be very competitive."
The Buffaloes hold an eight-stroke advantage over seventh-place Washington (307-295—602) heading into the last round.
Southern California overtook Oregon as the team leader, moving from third to first during the second day of action. The Trojans carded a 2-under 286 and are now 1-under for the tournament (575). Arizona State held steady in second but is only one-stroke back (576). The Ducks hit a 285 during the first round, but stumbled in the second 18, hitting a 302, and are now tied for third with UCLA (587).
Bouraeda recorded her second consecutive even round and is tied for eighth. Her front nine gave her a bit of trouble, but it was nothing she could not handle. She started strong, making par to start. After that, she would record a bogey on the second hole, before making par on the third. Her bogey on No. 4 was offset with the birdie she sank on the following hole, which brought her back to 1-over. She made two additional pars, but also added two more bogeys to finish the front to put her at 3-over (39).
But she did a great job of coming back. She made par on the first four holes before she sank three straight birdies to bring her round back to even (3-under on the back nine). That is where it would stay as she finished the round by making another two pars to stay even.
Hodgkins also played very well, hitting a 1-over 37 on the front and 1-under 35 on the back for her second even-par round of the season. She moved up from a tie at 17th to a tie for 11th today. Consistency was key as she started by making par on the first four holes. She made her first of three birdies on the par-5, 471-yard No. 5 and followed it up by making two more pars. Unfortunately, the front nine was blemished with back-to-back bogeys on the last two holes.
The back nine started the same as the front, as Hodgkins made par on the first four holes before sinking a birdie. At that point, she was even for the round, but a bogey on No. 14 put her back at 1-over. She collected herself for the final three holes and made par on No. 16 and No. 17, before making her final birdie of the day on No. 18.
Junior Alisha Lau turned in the third-best scorecard of the day for the Buffs with a 76 and is tied for 31st with a combined two-round score of 151. Like her two previous teammates, she had a nice showing in the front nine, making six pars, one birdie and two bogeys. A couple of holes got her on the back nine as she recorded three straight bogeys on No. 11, 12 and 13, but otherwise, she made par on every hole.
Sophomore Ellie Gower shot a 79 for the Buffs and is currently tied for 45th (155), while freshman Hailey Schalk is currently 50th (158).
UCLA's Emma Spitz shot a 71 in the second round and after adding the first round, remained tied for first with a 4-under 140. Arizona State's Linn Grant joined her at the top after finishing the day with a 70. She also shot a 70 in the first round and was tied for fourth. USC's Alexa Melton is one-stroke back from the duo (69-72—141) in third and there is a three-way tie for fourth.
The final round of the Sun Devil Winter Classic is Wednesday and starts at 7:45 a.m. MT. Live scoring can be found at golfstat.com.
NOTES: This is the second time in Bouraeda's career she has started a tournament with two even/sub-par rounds … the other time was at the WSU Cougar Cup where she carded 70-70-70—210 and tied for third.
|TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS|
|T1.||Linn Grant, Arizona State||70-70—140|
|T1.||Emma Spitz, UCLA||69-71—140|
|3.||Alexa Melton, Southern California||69-72—141|
|T4.||Alyaa Abdulghany, Southern California||72-70—142|
|T4.||Allisen Corpuz, Southern California||71-71—142|
|T4.||YuSang Hou, Arizona||70-72—142|