Colorado tied for sixth at USF Intercollegiate
Colorado caught up to Oregon State, which had a six-shot advantage over the Buffaloes after the first 36 holes. The Beavers had 10 more points that day to also finish at 873.
San Jose, ranked No. 9 in the preseason, won the USF Intercollegiate at 4 under, 848, four strokes better than No. 5-ranked UCLA in the preseason. The Spartans had an incredible final round, shooting 10 under as a team to get away from the Bruins who finished tied, 852. California was trailing at 1-over, 853 and Pepperdine finished fourth at 3-over , 855.
San Jose State’s Kajsa Arwefjall took medalist honors at 11-under, 202, three shots ahead of BYU’s Allysha Mae Mateo at 8-under. Arwefjall shot a tournament 7-under, 64, on Wednesday in a near-perfect round with seven birdies and no bogeys.
Colorado made great progress in 48 hours. After starting 12-over for the first 18 holes, the Buffaloes settled down to shoot just 9-over for the last 36. On Tuesday, the Buffaloes only fired a bogey on any hole.
“I was proud of them today,” the Colorado head coach said Anne-Kelly said. “With the exception of San Jose State, we were competitive with every other team today, so that’s a good sign.”
While Colorado didn’t have an individual round in the ’60s, shooting just three rounds of par or better, the Buffaloes also limited high totals with 5-over, 76, proving to be the highest mark. high.
Four of Colorado’s five golfers finished in the final top 25 of the tournament.
“We cut the big numbers today, so that’s good,” Kelly said. “We played more consistently and made more pars. Going forward, to be more competitive, we need one or two players to break pars consistently, but I think we’re there. A lot of positive things have come out of this tournament and definitely highlights the areas we need to work on.”
Second year Lauren Gooding shot an even par 71 in the final round to finish with a career-best 216 holes. She bogeyed the 520-yard, par-5, No. 1, but even played the next six holes one-shot with a birdie at the 365-yard, par-4, No. 8. Gooding notched another birdie at the No. 11, but fell back to par with a bogey at No. 12. She held steady from there with pars on the last six holes to finish tied for 14e overall, his second career top 20.
First-year student Morgan Miller matched Gooding’s final-round effort, recording a tied tie for his best of the first three collegiate rounds. Miller birdied back-to-back No. 2 and No. 3 to quickly move to 2 under, but came back tied with bogeys at No. 4 and No. 6. She was 1-over after 10, but birdie at par 4, No. 13, brought her back to a tie and she finished her round with five straight pars to finish the tournament tied for 22n/a overall at 6-over, 219.
Junior Hailey Schalk tied their first-round score with a 2-over, 73, to finish 24th overall and once behind Miller at 7-over, 220. Schalk got off to a great start with a pair of birdies on the first two long par-5s of the course, on No. 1 and No. 4, both playing 520 yards. She was unable to gain any traction from there, however, falling back to par on the turn and playing the back nine at 2-over.
Second year Nathalie Vo had the Buffaloes’ best score of the round, but a solid 3-over, 74, was good enough to end the tournament tied for 25e at 8-over, 221. Vo was arguably the most consistent among the Buffaloes not scoring above bogey over her 54 holes. She had five bogeys in the final round, but minimized that with birdies on a pair of par 3s at no. 2 and No. 17.
First-year student Makenzie Cooper tied for 36e at 10-over, 223. She had the best round of her young career, carding a 2-over, 73 on Tuesday. Cooper had two early bogeys at No. 3 and No. 4, but tied with par on 10 of his next 11 holes. She landed her only birdie of the round at 444 yards, par 5, No. 11.
Colorado will continue its fall season in two weeks with the Golfweek Red Sky Challenge. The 54-hole event will be played at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colo, September 26-28.