CU women, ranked 12th in nation, fall just short of another title
by Gary Baines
The University of Colorado women’s golf team came ever so close to claiming its second team title in two weeks — and in the process spoiling the fun for the home team.
But the Buffs, ranked 12th nationally in the last Golfweek women’s poll, finished a hard-charging second to host Washington on Wednesday in the UW Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash.
CU trailed by double digits early in the final round, but ended up just two strokes back of the Huskies. Colorado shot an even-par 288 in the final round to post a 9-over 873 total for 54 holes.
That means the Buffs have posted top-three finishes in each of their first three tournaments of the season, going third, first and second.
On Wednesday, they put three players into the top six individually out of a field of 63. Kirsty Hodgkins (pictured in a CU photo), the Pac-12 Conference’s women’s golfer of the month for September, tied for second with fellow CU sophomore Robyn Choi. They both posted 1-under 215 totals, leaving them three strokes behind champion Kendra Dalton of BYU. CU’s Brittany Fan placed sixth at 218.
Colorado State finished last in the 11-team field, with Ellen Secor’s 13th-place showing the best for the Rams.
UW Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Oct. 10-11, 2017 (final) in Sammamish, Wash.
2. (out of 11 teams) Colorado 290-295-288–873
T2. Kirsty Hodgkins 71-75-69–215
T2. Robyn Choi 71-71-73–215
6. Brittany Fan 72-74-72–218
21. Alisha Lau 76-78-74–228
33. Gillian Vance 80-75-78–233
11. Colorado State 311-317-306–934
13. Ellen Secor 78-74-72–224
43. Katrina Prendergast 83-78-76–237
45. Brooke Nolte 78-79-81–238
53. Haley Greb 75-91-78–244
54. Jessica Sloot 80-86-80–246
38. Coloradan Anna Kennedy 77-81-78–236