Buffs Finish Tied for 11th At Silverado Showdown
NAPA, Calif. – The Colorado women's golf team recorded its best round of the Silverado Showdown on Wednesday, moving the Buffaloes into a tie for 11th-place on the final day.
Southern California, ranked 13th by Golfstat, moved up from second to first in the final round to win the tournament. The Trojans fired a 7-under 281 in the third round and finished with a 2-under 862 (291-290-281). They moved past UCLA, the No. 31 team by Golfstat, which had led the field after the first two rounds. But the Bruins recorded a 291 in the third round and the four-stroke lead they held heading into the last round vanished. UCLA carded an 868 overall to finish second (288-289-291) but was still well in front of the third-place team, Oregon State (885).
CU fired a 298, which was an eight-stroke improvement from its previous two rounds from Monday and Tuesday as the Buffaloes shot a 306 on both days. The 298 ties for the seventh-best round Colorado has recorded this spring. The Buffs finished their tournament with a 910 (306-306-298) and tied with UNLV (296-312-302). CU and UNLV were one stroke behind 10th-place California (909) and finished in front of 13th-place San Diego State (914).
Junior Malak Bouraeda recorded her second straight top-20 finish as she tied for 13th overall with a 220 (74-75-71). This is her fourth top-20 finish this season and the seventh of her career. It's also the third time this season she has scored a 220 or better, bringing her career count to five.
Bouraeda's final round was her best of the event. She fired a 71 that included five birdies. She also made par nine times and had four bogeys. She was 1-under (35) on the front nine and finished even (36) on the back nine.
Freshman Hailey Schalk moved up 16 positions, finishing tied for 31st. Like Bouraeda, she saved her best round for last, firing a 1-over 73 to card a 227 for the tournament (76-78-73). She had one less birdie than Bouraeda with four, but like her teammate, made par on nine holes. Schalk also recorded five bogeys. She was 2-over on the front nine (38), but 1-under on the back nine (35).
Sophomore Ellie Gower had a nice round and took a stroke off her second round as she carded a 75. She played a very consistent round with two birdies and made par on 12 holes. She also had three bogeys and one double-bogey. She finished with a 231 (80-76-75), showing improvement in each round as she tied for 47th.
Senior Kirsty Hodgkins and junior Alisha Lau had an off tournament for CU. Hodgkins ended up tied for 59th with a 236, while Lau placed 67th (240).
"It was a good showing by our younger players today; very impressive rounds by Malak and Hailey and solid play from Ellie Gower," Colorado coach Anne Kelly said. "The course once again was very challenging; greens similar to what players will see at the Masters this week. We just need a couple of other players to get going so we can make a good run in the Pac-12 later this month!"
Sophomore Issy Simpson and senior Elle Otten also wrapped up play as individuals at the tournament. Simpson placed 61st (237), while Otten was 73rd (250).
Oregon State's Ellie Slama hung on for the win despite shooting her highest round in the tournament, a 1-over 73. Her final scorecard was an 8-under 208 (67-68-73), which bested the runner-up, USC's Allisen Corpuz, by one stroke (70-71-72—209).
This was the final tune-up before postseason play starts for the Buffs at the Pac-12 Championships, April 23-25, in Stanford, Calif., at Stanford Golf Course.
|*play as an individual|
|TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS|
|1.||Ellie Slama, Oregon State||67-68-73—208|
|2.||Allisen Corpuz, Southern California||70-71-72—209|
|T3.||Yuki Yoshihara, UCLA||70-71-73—214|
|T3.||Emma Spitz, UCLA||71-70-69—214|
|T5.||Annabel Wilson, UCLA||73-73-70—216|
|T5.||Alessandra Fanali, Arizona State||70-73-73—216|
|T7.||San Jose State||295-307-297—899|
|13.||San Diego State||308-311-295—914|