ASU Ping Invitational
The University of Colorado women's golf coach Anne Kelly has announced the addition of Isabelle Simpson of Brisbane, Australia and more recently London, England, to the roster for the 2019-20 season.
The CU junior finished tied for 1th
EAST LANSING, Mich. — University of Colorado junior Kirsty Hodgkins continued her fine play at the most critical time of the year here Tuesday, ending the second round of the NCAA East Lansing Regional in a tie for sixth place.
She owns a 72-71—143 (1-under) scorecard through 36 holes on the 6,387-yard, par-72 Forest Akers West Golf Course; Hodgkins had been tied for 14th after the first round. Her 71 tied for the sixth-best score in a regional round in program history, while her 143 total for two rounds is second-best, behind a 141 by Brittany Fan last spring.
More importantly, playing as an individual, she can advance to the NCAA Finals later this month in Fayetteville, Ark., by being among the top three individuals competing here who are not on the six teams that advance. All while taking her final exams in her major, mechanical engineering, when not at the course.
At present, she is in the thick of that mix, as most players immediately around her are on teams that will qualify. She is two strokes back of a Michigan State player and one behind one from Baylor, while at least two shots up on anyone who at present would not be advancing with their team.
"Kirsty tee-to-green played great golf today," CU head coach Anne Kelly said. "She hit all 18 greens in regulation and almost every fairway. This despite the course playing tough today because of all the rain overnight and cool temperatures. She just needs her putter to cooperate tomorrow and she will have a good chance at qualifying for the NCAA Finals.
"There was a long delay in the morning which maybe helped Kirsty get a bit more sleep," Kelly continued. "She has had to take a final and then study for another every night during this tournament. She finished at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) and went right into taking an exam in her Heat Transfer class from 9-11:30."
She has had a very steady performance over the two days, recording five birdies and 27 pars opposite just four bogeys, staying away from big numbers through very consistent play. She bogeyed her first hole of the day (the 337-yard par-4 No. 15), but came back with a birdie on the par-5 17th to get back to even. Those were the only two holes she has been over par in the tournament, though unfortunately bogeyed her last hole of the day otherwise would have ended the day 2-under.
She is tied for the second-most pars in the 96-player field, as well as tied for the 23rd-most birdies, which have proven hard to come by for most players; 15 of the 18 holes have almost twice as many, if not more, bogeys than birdies with the average score of the field just under 76.
UCLA's Patty Tavatanakit recorded the low round of the tournament and a course record 6-under 66 Tuesday, giving her a 36 hole total of 137. That's good for a four shot lead over Michigan State's Haylin Harris.
No. 12 Kent State continues to lead in the team standings, in at 3-under (573 score), good for a 1-shot lead over No. 5 Arizona (574), with No. 14 UCLA (581) and No. 4 Stanford (588) next to give the Pac-12 three teams in the top four.
The third and final round is slated for Wednesday; Hodgkins will begin play at 6:58 a.m. MDT off the No. 1 tee.
With one round down and two to go, University of Colorado junior Kirsty Hodgkins is tied for 14th at the NCAA East Lansing Regional.
The University of Colorado women's golf team played its best round of the Pac-12 Championship, but it was not enough to move up in the standings on Wednesday as the Buffaloes finished 11th.
After two rounds at the Pac-12 Women's Golf Championship, the University of Colorado is 11th. The Buffaloes finished action on Tuesday with a 52-over 620. They recorded a 27-over 311 on the second day following a 25-over 309 on Monday.