Colorado In Eighth After Round 1 Of Pac-12 Championship
STANFORD, Calif. – The Colorado women's golf team is in eighth place at the Pac-12 Championship after carding a 302 in the first round on Friday.
Southern California, which is ranked 10th by Golfstat, leads the field after carding a 1-under 283 in the first round. The Trojans tied Stanford (ranked 26th by Golfstat) with 15 birdies in the round and also made 53 pars. The Cardinal, who are hosting the tournament at their 6,269-yard, par 71 Stanford Golf Course, is second with a 289. Arizona State (seventh), Arizona (22nd) and UCLA (27th) are all tied for third after finishing with a 291.
The Buffaloes lead Washington by one stroke (303) and No. 10 Oregon State (305) by three strokes. CU is only five strokes from seventh-place Oregon (297).
Sophomore Ellie Gower recorded her best start in a collegiate tournament with her first sub-par round as a Buff. She is tied for sixth heading into the second round. Gower, who joined the Buffs in the spring of 2020 and only played in two stroke-play tournaments before the season ended, fired a 70 in the opening round of her first conference championship to lead CU.
Colorado started on the 10th tee. Gower, who was entered as CU's No. 3, made par to start, before recording a bogey on No. 11. She made a nice recovery on No. 12 with a birdie. The following three holes were the same as she made par and recorded a bogey and a birdie, putting her even through six. Gower finished the back nine at 1-over (37) with one more bogey (No. 17) and two more pars.
She shined on the front nine. She made par on the first seven holes and finished the round with back-to-back birdies to card a 2-under on the front nine.
Playing in her fourth Pac-12 Championship, senior Kirsty Hodgkins carded a 3-over 74 in the first round, which was second on the team and is currently tied for 18th.
Hodgkins recorded one birdie and two bogeys and made six pars on the back nine to start her round with a 1-over (37). The front nine was also very consistent as she recorded another pair of bogeys and made par on the other seven holes for a 2-over 37.
Junior Alisha Lau is third for the Buffs after firing a 77 in the opening round. She recorded two birdies and made nine pars. Lau shot a 37 on the back nine before recording a 40 on the front.
Freshman Hailey Schalk is tied for 46th after carding an 81 in her first Pac-12 Championships. Sophomore Malak Bouraeda hit an 84 during her opening round and is tied for 51st.
"Ellie Gower placed a very solid round and it was nice to see her hard work this semester and patience pay off," head coach Anne Kelly said. "Kirsty played much better today as well, she just needed a few more birdie putts to drop. Alisha played very consistent golf with the exception of a five-hole stretch of tough holes. Unfortunately, Hailey and Malak had some struggles today, but they are determined to come back strong tomorrow."
The Buffs will be paired with Oregon for the second round. They will tee off from the 10th hole starting at 8:40 a.m. PT.
|TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS|
|T1.||Amelia Garvey, USC||67|
|T1.||Amanda Linner, Arizona State||67|
|T3.||Rachel Heck, Stanford||68|
|T3.||Emma Spitz, UCLA||68|
|T3.||Malia Nam, USC||68|
Note: Washington State did not send a full team, only individuals, and Utah does not have a women's golf team which is why there are only 10 teams listed in the team scores.