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2023/24 WOMEN'S GOLF pre-season and season news, results and discussion (Next tourney scheduled - Oct. 6-8 @ DU's home course in Highlands Ranch)

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With Women's golf being one of those Buff sports that has MANY tournaments in both the fall and spring semesters, I wanted to set up a thread that as normal we can use to cover anything that comes up on and off the course related to the team up through the Pac 12 Championships (scheduled to begin April 21st, 2024 in Pullman). (I'll give the NCAA Championships their own thread if/ when the Buffs team earn a regional berth.)

I'm starting this thread now as I see the team has released its current year schedule (https://cubuffs.com/sports/womens-golf/schedule/2023-24) Per that, the 1st tournament is scheduled to be in Tacoma on Sept. 18-19.

A tweet with the schedule as it now stands -

 
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Best wishes to Ms. Miller in L.A. starting tomorrow!
(In general, looks like 2 days of stroke play begins tomorrow, with the top 64 at the end of Tuesday beginning match play competition on Wednesday, with the final next Sunday. Looks like it's the match play that is scheduled to be shown on the Golf Channel.)




Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2023/8/6/w...-at-123rd-us-womens-amateur-championship.aspx

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Morgan Miller's putter got hot at the right time this summer, so much so it punched her a ticket to the most prestigious amateur event of the year.

Miller will compete at the 123rd U.S. Women's Amateur, which begins Monday, Aug. 7, at the Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles.

The tournament consists of two rounds of stroke play (Monday and Tuesday). The top 64 move on to match play over the next four days, culminating with a champion crowned on Aug. 13.

"It's the biggest tournament of the year besides the Augusta National Tournament so I'm really excited about it," Miller said.

Miller was originally a first alternate into the field, after tying for fifth at the Colorado Golf Association qualifier with a 1-under-par, 71, on June 21 at the Walnut Creek Golf Preserve in Westminster. She got the call last week that a spot had opened up for her to participate.

Just getting to that point was a feat in itself, she made a furious comeback late in the qualifier just to get to a playoff for the final spot or one of two alternate positions.

Miller was 2-over through 14 holes, but had the advantage of being among the last golfers on the course during the round. She got a peak at the leaderboard and knew what she had to do from there.

"I looked at the leaderboard and the cut was 1-under and I'm sitting here with four holes left and am like 'I gotta do something if I want a chance'," Miller said.

She began the four-hole stretch sinking a 30-foot putt for birdie at No. 15. Miller made par at No. 16, meaning she needed to finish with birdies on her final two holes to join the playoff.

On No. 17, a par 3, Miller found herself with another long-range putt, from about 35-40 feet out, but made that as well to stay in contention with a birdie. That left the 501-yard par 5 No. 18.

Two solid shots got her into striking distance near the green, but a misstep with her chip onto the green left her with her back against the wall.

"I had a chance at an up and down for birdie but I did not hit the chip well and was left with a 55-footer," Miller said. "So it's not like I was giving myself very good chances."

However, Miller was up to the challenge. She drilled the 55-footer, her third long putt in four holes, to finish at 1-under.

"I knew I had to make the putt and I just made sure I got the putt to the hole and they all went in which was fortunate for me," Miller said. "But that doesn't happen every day, let alone a lot, I was very fortunate to have my putter running hot the last four holes."

With five golfers qualifying for the Amateur out of the CGA event, Miller joined three others in a playoff for the final spot.

Cory Lopez of Mexico would take the final spot with a birdie on the first playoff hole, but Miller snagged first alternate with a par on the second playoff hole, a par 3 which the others bogeyed.

Miller is hoping the U.S. Amateur can serve as a continuation on what was a solid freshman season at Colorado and what will be an even better sophomore campaign. She was second on the team in stroke average at 75.79 and led the Buffaloes with nine rounds of even-par or better.

Additionally, Miller placed third at the 76th CGA Women's Stroke Play Championship in July. In January, Miller won the 90th Doherty Women's Amateur Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Miller won't be alone at the U.S. Amateur. Colorado Associate Head Coach Madeleine Sheils will serve as her caddie this week.

"This is such a good field and especially having Maddie on the bag, I think it's going to be really helpful," Miller said. "To experience that together will be so much fun and I'm just planning on having a fun time. I'm just going to try my best and see what happens."

Miller begins her quest Monday teeing off from the back nine at Bel-Air CC at 8:42 a.m. MT and is paired with American Sienna Lyford and Canadian Brooke Rivers. That same trio will begin the second round on Tuesday from the No. 1 tee at 1:57 p.m. MT.
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Championships homepage - https://championships.usga.org/uswomensamateur.html

Leaderboard - https://championships.usga.org/uswomensamateur/2023/scoring.html

Television schedule - https://championships.usga.org/uswo...mateur-championship--television-schedule.html
 
Preview in front of the team's 1st tourney of this (academic) year -




Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2023/9/17/womens-golf-buffs-open-2023-24-season-in-pacific-northwest.aspx

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BOULDER – The University of Colorado women's golf team tees off the 2023-24 season at the Leadership and Golf Invitational, Sept. 18-19, hosted by Washington and Seattle U., at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash.

Colorado is one of 19 teams at this season-opening event in the Pacific Northwest which includes fellow Pac-12 Conference rivals USC, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State. The 54-hole tournament begins with the first two rounds (36 holes) on Monday, Sept. 18, followed by an 18-hole final round on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The Chambers Bay course, which hosted the men's 2015 U.S. Open, will play at 6,093 yards and a par 72.

Colorado is eagerly looking to move forward from a disappointing last place finish in the Pac-12 last season. An influx of new talent and some strategic scheduling for the fall have the Buffaloes feeling good entering the season-opener.

"The last two seasons haven't been what we've wanted, but we're excited about this year and the five new players on our team," Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. "There just seems to be a different energy; a different vibe. Golf is so unpredictable, but I know we have a group of very dedicated players and they've been working hard."

Colorado's fall schedule features a pair of local tournaments: the Colonel Wollenberg Ram Classic at Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, Sept. 25-26 and the Ron Moore Intercollegiate at the University of Denver Golf Course in Highlands Ranch, Oct. 6-8. The Buffaloes are hoping playing familiar local courses and another regular trip to the Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 20-22) will help build momentum for the spring championship season.

The local weeks will also allow the Buffaloes to get all eight players on their roster in tournament action at some point this fall.

Graduate transfer Sabrina Iqbal, a former All-Big 12 Conference golfer from TCU, headlines Colorado's new arrivals and will be in the Buffaloes No. 1 spot in the opener. Iqbal graduated from TCU in 2022 and spent the last year training away from the college game and recently advanced to the second stage of the LPGA Q-School.

Colorado's three returning players – senior Hailey Schalk, redshirt junior Lauren Waxer-Gooding and sophomore Morgan Miller - will all be in action for the Leadership and Golf Invitational. Aside from Iqbal, Schalk and Waxer-Gooding have the most overall collegiate experience in the program. Waxer-Gooding had a team-best three Top 20 finishes last year and had six rounds at even-par or better.

Miller is Colorado's top returner in terms of scoring average (75.79 per round) and led the Buffaloes with nine rounds of par or better last season as a true freshman. Miller is coming off a successful trip to the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship this summer, advancing to the Round of 64 match play.

Freshman Carolyn Fuller, a Phoenix native and All-Arizona golfer out of Pinnacle High School will make her collegiate debut for the Buffaloes this week.

Colorado is paired with San Diego State, Santa Clara and Gonzaga in Monday's first two rounds with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. MT.

A live stream of the Leadership and Golf Women's Invitational is available through gklive.tv and live scoring is available at birdiefire.com.
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Leaderboard - https://birdiefire.com/tournament/192863/

Link to live leaderboard (This is the 1st time I can remember a regular season tourney having video coverage on either the women's or men's side. Be interesting to see what it looks like.) - https://www.gklive.tv/event/2023-leadership-and-golf-womens-invitational
 
Tourney day!



Edit - I did play around and obtained a subscription for today's video. It looks like the website is set up to require a fee to watch tourneys, but this one isn't charging anything. It does make you do a normal signup (providing email, address, etc.), afterwich you receive a link via email with a unique link to the streams. (Looks like they are just static cameras, with some at tees and others green.)
 
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I'm sure the coaches see lots of things to work on, and it being early in their 2nd season (spring is when the Championships are competed) makes sense for ALL teams in every sport, but pretty good start to the season even with the final round being the toughest for the team. This is especially considering that, after finishing last at last year's Pac 12 Championships, they finished ahead of 2 of the 4 other conference foes competing here.

Article about this now completed tourney -




Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2023/9/19/...-at-the-leadership-and-golf-invitational.aspx

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Wash. — The University of Colorado women's golf team placed three in the top 20 and finished sixth overall as the season-opening Leadership and Golf Invitational wrapped up at Chambers Bay Golf Course on Tuesday.

Colorado finished the tournament at 16-over-par, 880, just one stroke out of the top five and six out of the top three. After hovering close to par in the first two rounds – 4 over combined - the Buffaloes were 12-over on the final 18 holes.

USC cruised to the team title, winning by 31 strokes. The Trojans were the only team to finish the tournament in the red, shooting 27-under par after a 12-under performance in the third round. Minnesota held on to second place at 2-over, despite playing 12-over in the third round. Georgia Southern and Oregon State tied for third at 10-over while San Francisco was fifth at 15-over.

Colorado, which entered the final round in third place, stayed in that spot most of the day until hitting a rough spot late on the back nine. The four Buffaloes who accounted for the team score lost nine strokes on a three-hole stretch that consisted of par 3s at No. 15 (155 yards) and No. 17 (168 yards) and the 336-yard par 4 No. 16.

"Not the finish we wanted today, but overall the team has made good progress," Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said.

Despite the late slide it was an overall good start to the season for the Buffaloes. Graduate transfer Sabrina Iqbal had the round of the day with a 68 which allowed her to tie for 13th overall at 1-over, 217. Sophomore Morgan Miller had a share of the lead early in the third round, eventually dropping back to a tie for 15th at 2-over, 218, after a final round of 78. Junior Lauren Waxer-Gooding carded a 73 in the final round to tie for 20th overall at 3-over, 219.

Senior Hailey Schalk finished tied for 47th at 10-over, 226, while freshman Carolyn Fuller, in her collegiate debut finished tied for 96th at 26-over, 242.
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"Sabrina was a bright spot, she played very well, very steady today," Kelly said. "Lauren also played a strong round with a very unlucky break on 16 when her shot it the pin and then kicked into a tough spot in the bunker caught a break at 16 when she hit the pin and then kicked into a tough spot in the bunker (she would bogey 16). Hailey and Morgan were hanging tough, but had tough finishes. We will take a look at what we can improve upon with our quick turn around."

Colorado returns to action next week, Sept. 25-26, at the Colonel Wollenberg Ram Classic at the Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins.

NOTES: Miller's 54-hole total of 218 is her second-best in 11 collegiate tournaments. She shot 1-under, 215, at last fall's Golfweek Red Sky Classic. It was also Miller's second career top 20 finish … Waxer-Gooding logged her fifth career top 20 finish ... Colorado struggled overall on the par 3s in the third round. The Buffaloes were last (19th) in the field at a combined 15-over (+3.75 avg). For the tournament, Colorado was in the middle of the pack on the par 3s at 3-over (+3.08 avg) … Colorado's 54-hole team score of 880 was its best since shooting 879 at the Jim West Challenge (San Marcos, Texas) Oct. 23-24, 2022.
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Full final leaderboard - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2023/9/19/Leadership_and_Golf_Invitational_Post_Rnd_3_Stats_Sheets.pdf
 
Article after a VERY good day yesterday for the team - https://cubuffs.com/news/2023/9/25/womens-golf-buffs-enjoy-record-day-at-ram-classic.aspx

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The University of Colorado women's golf team carded the second-best 36-hole score in program history, shooting a whopping 22-under-par, 554, at the 2023 Colonel Wollenberg Ram Classic, Monday at Ptarmagin Country Club.

The Buffaloes shot an impressive 9-under, 279, in the first round only to surpass that by four strokes the second time around the course at 13-under, 275. Colorado was four strokes off the school record of 550 for a low 36-hole score, set in Coeur D'Alene Collegiate (Coeur D'Alene, Idaho) in September 2017.

Colorado's performance was good enough for second place after two rounds. Host Colorado State, playing on its home course, set a tournament record for 36 holes at 41-under, 535. The Buffaloes are 16 strokes ahead of third place Fresno State, 6-under on the day.

"It was really fun to see them make so many birdies," Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. "(Ptarmigan) is a very scorable course but it still has some challenging holes, and as the day went on, the greens got firmer and faster, so it really did require some skill. But I think it's just really good for our team to be able to play a course like that and have the opportunity to make birdies."

Graduate transfer Sabrina Iqbal led the Buffaloes effort and is tied for the indivdual lead after breaking the Ram Classic 36-hole record with a 12-under, 132, a mark she shares with co-leader Sofia Torres of Colorado State. Iqbal opened the day with a 67 and followed it up with a 65 in the afternoon, the latter tying for the third-best 18-hole round in team history.

"I was able to put myself in good positions off the tee," Iqbal said. "The course is short so I was able to hit a lot of wedges in and just giving myself opportunities throughout the whole day and having some putts drop."

Iqbal dropped a stroke on just two holes; one bogey in each round. She had 14 birdies on the day as her 132 score ranks as the second-best 36-hole total in program history. Iqbal dominated the back-nine in both rounds, shooting 7-under. She had five birdies in the final eight holes to close out her opening round.

"Sabrina is very much in control of her game," Kelly said. "She's put in a lot of long, hard hours to get to the level where she is. It's great to have her on the team but I think also for all our teammates to see what it takes to play at that level."

Sophomore Morgan Miller had another strong performance and is tied for sixth at 7-under, 137. Miller shot 70 in the first round and then logged a career-best 67 in the afternoon. She started fast in the second round with three birdies in her first four holes. Miller dropped one stroke at the 415-yard, par 4, No. 8, but that proved to be her lone hiccup as she had three birdies on the back nine, including the last two holes, par 4s, at No. 17 and No. 18.

Freshman Francesca Sumcad made a statement in her Colorado debut, tying for 12th at 3-under, 141. Sumcad shot even in round one, highlighted by an eagle at the 527-yard, par 5, No. 16. She shaved three strokes off that in the afternoon with a five-birdie round on the way to a 3-under 69.

"Wow, I was really impressed with her," said Kelly about Sumcad's debut. "She was just calm and didn't seem nervous or overwhelmed. She just went about her business and had a great attitude. Really proud of the way she played."

Senior Hailey Schalk is tied for 24th at 1-over, 145. Schalk had her best round since March 2022, shooting 2-under, 70 in the morning session which included three birdies in a four-hole span between No. 15 and No. 18.

Redshirt junior Lauren Waxer-Gooding is in 53rd place at 10-over, 154. She shook off an 80 in round one, knocking off six strokes to shoot 2-over, 74 in the second.

Three Buffaloes are competing as individuals, two of which reside in the top 20 after two rounds. Freshman Carolyn Fuller is tied for 17th at 1-under, 143, thanks to a collegiate-best 68 in the second round. Freshman Vanessa Ngo had a solid collegiate debut, tying for 20th at even-par, 144. Junior Maria Eidhagen Harrouch is tied for 50th at 9-over, 153.

Colorado will be in the leaders grouping in the final round for the second-straight tournament, pairing with Colorado State and Fresno State. The teams will tee off between holes No. 1 and No. 4 with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. MT.

NOTES: Iqbal, who shot 68 in the final round of last week's Leadership & Golf Invitational, has shot in the 60s in three consecutive rounds. Esther Lee in September 2016 is the only other Buffalo to achieve that feat … Iqbal co-led the field on the course's par 3s, hitting 3-under. Her 14 birdies, along with CSU's Torres, also led the field … Colorado had five rounds in the 60s on Monday, the Buffaloes had only three all of last season … Colorado's 275 in the second round is the second-lowest 18-hole team score in program history. The 279 is now tied for fifth.
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(From the leaderboard, the Buffs also have the top round at -3 VERY early (through 4-6 holes) in the final round, although with the Rams (Who are +1 early) still 15 up, assume it's pretty unlikely that CU can overtake CSU for the tourney overall.)
 
Team with a nice early season tourney -




Article (Maybe need to edit the lead photo, as it shows a football play.) - https://cubuffs.com/news/2023/9/26/...-with-second-place-finish-at-ram-classic.aspx

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Bolstered by a third-straight under-par team round, the University of Colorado women's golf team finished in second place at the Colonel Wollenberg Ram Classic at Ptarmigan Country Club on Tuesday while cementing one of the top overall tournament performances in program history.

Colorado's 54-hole score of 836, 28-under-par, is the second-lowest total in the 30-year history of the program. Colorado State took the team title, setting its own school 54-hole record at 46-under, 818. The Buffaloes shot 6-under in Tuesday's final round, which proved to be the second-best mark of the day. Long Beach State was a distant third at 10-under, 854.

The eye-popping double-digit under par scores from Monday's first two rounds didn't materialize, but the Buffaloes put together a solid 6-under, 282, in the final round to finish just two strokes shy of the school record of 834 set at the 2017 Coeur D'Alene Collegiate (Coeur D'Alene, Idaho).

"I'm really proud of the team; all of them," Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. "They all made a bunch of birdies and played with a lot of heart; a lot of competitiveness."

Sophomore Morgan Miller and graduate transfer Sabrina Iqbal tied for runner-up honors, each finishing at 12-under, 204. Iqbal was in contention for medalist honors for most of the final round, while Miller jumped four spots in the standings after a second-consecutive career-best round of 67.

Colorado's duo of Iqbal and Miller not only tied for the third-best 54-hole individual rounds in team history, they also became the first Buffaloes pair to finish in the top three of the same 54-hole event since Jess Wallace, Alex Stewart and Emily Talley went 1-2-3, March 16-18, 2012 at the Clover Cup at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

CSU's Sofia Torres won medalist honors at 16-under, 200, four-strokes better than Iqbal and Miller. Iqbal held a one-stroke lead over Torres after a birdie at No. 12 to get to 3-under on the day, but stumbled after her only double-bogey of the tournament at No. 13 before finishing out with a 72. Torres made par on No. 13 and added consecutive birdies at No. 15 and No. 16 to clinch the win.

"I can't say enough about Sabrina, she really gave herself an opportunity to win and she'll keep putting herself (in the mix)," Kelly said. "What an outstanding competitor she is."

Miller made seven birdies in her final round against just two bogeys. She was at 6-under after a birdie at the 527-yard, par 5, No. 16, but dropped back to 5-under with a bogey at No. 17. Miller closed out with a par at No. 18 to clinch her first career runner-up finish.

"Morgan has been working extremely hard, knocking on that door, trying to make that breakthrough to the next level," Kelly said. "It's been a lot of frustration and tears, but she's done a great job of persevering and working on the right things. I just so happy for her to have this breakthrough."

While Miller and Iqbal dominated, the Buffaloes were hardly a two-golfer wrecking crew. A remarkable 11 of Colorado's 12 scoring rounds were either at par or under, including five rounds in the 60s.

Freshman Francesca Sumcad made her initial collegiate tournament a memorable one. Sumcad finished in 15th place at 3-under after a 72 in the final round. She matched the second-best 54-hole score by a Buffalo in her debut at 213, matching Talley who did it on this same course in 2008.

"Franky is such a solid player," Kelly said. "From what I observed this week, under pressure, she has a great mentality and great attitude. Not to say she wasn't nervous, but she certainly kept her composure and played with a lot of heart. I saw a lot from her this week."

Senior Hailey Schalk finished tied for 30th at 5-over, 221, after a 76 in the final round. Lauren Waxer-Gooding shot an 1-under, 71, in the final round to finish tied for 37th at 9-over, 225.

The short trip north provided the Buffaloes the opportunity to travel their entire roster, allowing three individuals to compete and they took full advantage.

Freshman Carolyn Fuller, who competed in last week's Leadership & Golf Invitational, narrowly missed a top 20 finish, tying for 21st at 1-over, 217. Classmate Vanessa Ngo made her collegiate debut, tying for 23rd, just one stroke behind Fuller at 2-over, 218. Fuller and Ngo both shot 74 in the final round.

Maria Eidhagen Harrouch, a junior college All-American, made her Colorado debut, finishing in 51st place at 15-over, 231.

Colorado returns to action Oct. 6-8 at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate at the University of Denver Golf Course in Highlands Ranch, Colo.
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Full leaderboard - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2023/9/26/2023_Ptarmigan_Ram_Classic_Final_Results.pdf
 
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