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Keating Surges Into Second, Buffs In Fifth At Pac-12 Championships

PLEASANTON, Calif. – Senior Alexis Keating climbed into second place here Tuesday at the Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships after firing a University of Colorado postseason record 6-under par. Keating's record performance helped the Buffaloes card a 4-under par 284 team score as they are in fifth place heading into Wednesday's final round at Ruby Hill Golf Club.

Keating has recorded the top two rounds in CU postseason history as her 66 on Tuesday matches her final round in last year's Pac-12 Championships and it sets a new record in relation to par as her 6-under total bested her 5-under posted at the par 71 Boulder Country Club course.

 

Collectively, Colorado recorded a second consecutive subpar round with its 284 and are 6-under for the tournament (286-284—570). The Buffs were one of only five teams to shoot under par on day two and posted the third-lowest team score of the second round. Their 284 was the third-best postseason round and CU's 36-hole total of 570 is the best postseason performance by 15 strokes, which the Buffs set last year in the Pac-12 Championships.

 

Southern California shot 275 or 13-under par and extended its lead to 13 strokes over Arizona and UCLA, who are tied for second place at 10-under par. Arizona State fell one spot to fourth at 7-under par as Colorado rounds out the top five, just one stroke behind the Sun Devils.

 

"Alexis played really well today, a solid day all-around for her and the rest of the team played well, too," said Colorado head coach Anne Kelly. "It was perfect weather conditions again and the course was there for the taking. Everyone on the team is competing really hard and it's just a credit to this conference and the level of competition."

 

Keating, 8-under par for the tournament, is only one stroke behind leader Gabriella Then of Southern California, who led all golfers in the second round with a 7-under 65. Keating made 10 pars, 7 birdies and only 1 bogey on the day as she played both sides at 3-under par.

 

"I'm so happy for Alexis—nobody deserves it more than she does," said Kelly.

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