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.