Women's Golf Finishes 12th in Hawaii Tournament

Sophomore <b>Maria Persson Gulda</b> just barley missed her second straight top-10 finish when she carded a 76-72-78-226 to finish 11th overall while the University of Colorado women's golf team shot a final round 310, their best round of the Kent Youl Invitational Thursday afternoon in Oahu. Also a look at the Men's Golf team results from the Prestige in PGA West.

"It was not a good day for us at all," said head coach Anne Kelly. "We just couldn't put four solid rounds together, which unfortunately continues to plague us." Colorado finished 12th with a three round total 935, their highest score of the fall season, but best three round total in what was formerly tabbed the Rainbow Wahine Invitational.

The Buffs will close out the fall schedule Nov. 10-12 at the Las Vegas Founders Women's Collegiate Showdown.

The University of Colorado men's golf team wrapped up the fall portion of its schedule in LaQuinta, Calif. Tuesday as the Buffaloes tied for fifth in The Prestige at PGA West. Colorado, ranked No. 44 in the latest Golfweek rankings, stands to advance a bit after defeating three teams ranked ahead of it, including conference rivals Kansas and Oklahoma by a combined 36 shots.

"There were some quality teams here the guys played well," CU head coach Mark Simpson said. "I think if you compare our scores here from last year, we beat ourselves by 30 or 35 shots (actually 36, as CU scored a 904 in the '02 meet). Stanford (‘The Nelson,' where CU finished third) was a turnaround for us, and getting Jeff and Kenny going was a huge asset. So I really believe we're on track to have a successful year. I feel confident heading into the spring," Simpson concluded. "Now is the time we shut things down, get through the holidays, take some time away from golf, concentrate on finals, and then come back in January and get things going again."

CU will return to practice in January and resume the season slate Feb. 2-3 at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson.

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