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Buffaloes golf advances to NCAA Championships

Women’s golf is headed to the championships after two near misses.

Failing to reach the NCAA Finals the last two years by a single stroke, the University of Colorado women’s golf team turned the tables Wednesday. The Buffaloes finished sixth at the San Francisco Regional after posting a 5-over, 869 to advance to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships for just the second time in program history and first since 2012.

”Interesting day for the team,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly told “Really proud of them and happy for this group to make it through to the finals. We have been on the other side of the bubble the last two years and it feels good to be on this side.”

Senior Brittany Fan was the Buffaloes low individual finishing tied for sixth with a 5-under, 211. Sophomore’s Robyn Choi (1-under, 215) and Kirsty Hodgkins (even par, 216) also finished in the top-20. ”It’s really special for me as a senior,” Fan explained to “but also for everyone for what we went through the last two years. We’re excited and looking forward to it.”

Currently ranked 28thin the nation by, the Buffaloes were one of seven Pac-12 teams to punch their ticket to the 24-team Finals. Stanford and UCLA finished first and second to join Colorado from the San Francisco Regional. Defending national champion Arizona State (T4) and USC (3rd) advanced out of the Madison, WI Regional, while Arizona (4th) and Washington (5th) made it through the Tallahassee, FL Regional. Since 2011, five different Pac-12 programs have won the NCAA title – UCLA (2011), USC (2013), Stanford (2015, Washington (2016) and Arizona State (2017).

This month’s Championships will be conducted May 18-23 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Golf Channel will provide live coverage for the final three days of the championships May 21, 22 and 23.