BOULDER – With the 2014-15 women’s golf season around the corner, the University of Colorado Buffaloes are hard at work during summer competitions.
Soon-to-be sophomore Natalie Vivaldi recently took home the trophy at the San Diego City Amateur Championship. Vivaldi finished the 54-hole stroke play competition with a score of 17-over par 233 (79-77-77). The Oceanside, Calif. native began the tournament shooting par on 11 holes at San Diego’s Balboa Golf Course. Vivaldi shot 5-over par on the second day, held at the Torrey Pines North Course, once again having 11 pars, and making a birdie on the 411-yard, par-4 No. 13. Four shots off the lead going in the final round, Vivaldi would get her chance at the championship playing at Pines’ South Course for the first time of her young career.
“I knew with the final round being at Torrey South that it was anyone's game,” Vivaldi said. “It's a very tough track. The wind was blowing pretty hard, all the pins were tucked and on the ridges of the greens, it was playing really tough.”
Scoring pars on 12 of the final 13 holes, Vivaldi shot the low round of the final day, sending her into a sudden death playoff for first place. The playoff began at the 378-yard, par-5 No. 7. Vivaldi’s competitor Mariko Makabe (a UC Irvine graduate) missed her 10-footer for birdie, while Vivaldi chipped it up and made a 5-foot putt to tie and move on to the next hole. Vivaldi got up and down for par, while Makabe made a bogey, giving Vivaldi the championship.
Three Buffs also recently competed at the Colorado Women’s Golf Association Stroke Play Championship. Junior-to-be Allie Zech led the group, shooting 6-over par 222 (76-72-74). Just three strokes off the lead, Zech finished in third place. Zech tallied seven birdies and 36 pars at the 54-hole event, including going par or better on all but two holes in the final round. Zech will next compete in the TRANS Amateur Championship beginning on Tuesday at The Members Club at Woodcreek in Elgin, South Carolina.
At 16-over par 232, Tori Glenn, who recently earned a runner-up finish at the CWGA Match Play Championship, tied for 16th. Soon-to-be junior Megan Haase also competed at the Stroke Play Championship.
Incoming freshman Brittany Fan recently tied for 20th at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at the Craigowan Oxford Golf and Country Club. The Pearl City, Hawaii native shot 6-over par 290 (70-78-70-72), recording 12 birdies and 44 pars at the 72-hole tournament. Fan has had a strong lead-up to her collegiate debut, winning the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open women’s amateur division title in December.
Soon-to-be junior Alexis Keating was successful in the stroke play portion of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. Keating, who hails from Elma, Wash., tied for 33rd in stroke play with a final scorecard of 1-over par 145 (74-71). Keating went par or better on 32 holes through two rounds of play. As one of the top 64 finishers, Keating then qualified for match play. She fell in the first round to the eventual champion, a 15-year-old golfer from Shanghai, China, pushing the match to 19 rounds, but falling 1 down.