Colorado on the ninth after day one of the Jim West Challenge

Story Links SAN MARCOS, Texas — The University of Colorado women’s golf team is in ninth place after two rounds of the Jim West Challenge hosted by Texas State at the Kissing Tree Golf Club. Colorado shot 12-over-par, 588, through 36 holes on the day. The Buffalos were in a tie for fifth after shooting 5-over, 293, in the first round, but left two strokes and four places with a 7-over, 295, in the second round. “It’s kind of a roller coaster day,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “We started pretty well, but then we struggled a bit. We got it going again on the second lap, but didn’t have a great finish.” Oklahoma State leads the tournament with 9-under, 567, seven strokes to SMU (574). Tulsa is third after an even par 36 holes (576), followed by Houston (577) and Texas Tech (579). TCU’s Caitlyn Macnab and Oklahoma State’s Han-Hsuan Yu are tied for the individual lead at 6-under, 138. Macnab had the lowest round of the day with a 66 in the first round. Tulsa’s Grace Kilcrease is one shot back at 5-under, 139. Sophomore Lauren Gooding led the Buffalo’s effort and shot even par, 144, and is tied for 15th overall. In fact, Gooding stayed within two strokes all day. Her best piece came late in the second round, where she landed three consecutive birdies at number 3-5; a par-3 on number 4 sandwiched between two par-5s. Senior Issy Simpson is 24th at 2-over, 146. Simpson had a share in Colorado’s low round of the day, shooting 1-under, 71, during the second 18 holes. After shooting 3-over, 75 in the first round, Simpson made par on nine of her first 10 holes in the second round. She then scored her first collegiate eagle on the 493-yard, par-5, No. 3, then birdied the 165-yard par-3, No. 4, to secure the second sub-par round of her career. set. “Issy was really a bright spot today,” Kelly said. “She remained very patient, just pulled away and had a very solid last lap all day in sustained 20mph winds.” Sophomore Natalie Vo had the other 71 and got her best season score in the first round. Vo started her day with a birdie on the 349-yard, par-4 No. 10, but dropped to 1-over after consecutive bogeys at Nos. 13 and 14. She made par over the next six holes through the forward turn of nine. . Vo birdied both par-5s up front, number 3 and number 5, and even stayed on the last four holes to score her first sub-par round of the season. Overall, Vo is tied for 37th after two rounds at 4-over, 148. Freshman Morgan Miller shot back-to-back 75s and tied for 47th at 6-over, 150. Graduate transfer Haylin Harris is tied for 67th at 10-over, 154. Monday’s third and final round will feature a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. MT. The Buffalos will be paired up with Oklahoma and Tulane and will spread out between No. 16 and No. 18 to start the final round. Live coverage of the final round will be streamed on ESPN+ from 8 a.m. MT. BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS Rank Name Score T15. Lauren Gooding 72-72-144 T24. Issy Simpson 75-71-146 T37. Natalie Vo 71-77—148 T48. Morgan Miller 75-75-150T67. Haylin Harris 77-77—154 TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS Rank Name Score T1. Han-Hsuan Yu, Oklahoma State 68-70-138 T1. Caitlyn Macnab, TCU 66-72-138 3. Grace Kilcrease, Tulsa 68-71-139 T4. Moa Svedenskiold, Houston 72-68-140 T4. Mackenzie Lee, SMU 73-67-140 T4. Mattingly Palmer, Texas State 69-71—140 TEAM SCORES Rank Team Score 1. Oklahoma State 285-282—567 2. SMU 294-280—574 3. Tulsa 292-284—576 4. Houston 293-284—577 5. Texas Tech 291-288-579 6. TCU 294-286-580 7. Oklahoma 294-287-581 8. Tulane 292-292-584 T9. Colorado 293-295-588 T9. State of Ohio 293-295—588 11. New Mexico 295-298—593 12. State of Texas 306-288—594 13. UNLV 293-302—595 14. UTSA 301-301—602 15. Missouri 308-300—608

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