In New Mexico’s Branch Law/Dick McGuire Invitational, Colorado senior Esther Lee tied former Stanford Cardinal Mariah Stackhouse’s NCAA scoring record, shooting a 61 on Monday. Lee also set a record for her performance in relation to par with 11-under.
"I think the record is a huge deal. It means that it will stand forever until someone breaks it or not,” Lee said to Colorado Athletics. “It's something I'm really proud of. There are so many talented golfers playing in the Pac-12 Conference and this tournament, so knowing that you've achieved something that they haven't is a really good feeling."
Lee began her first round from the 17th hole on the 6,317-yard New Mexico Championship Golf Course and built off of three straight birdies on the par 72. She tallied a Colorado record with 11 total birdies during a single round with seven pars against zero bogeys.
Her score of 61 in the first round also marks a school record for the lowest 18-hole score, as well as a tied school record for most holes in a single round at or under par.
“I had all this pressure on myself to be the best and do all of these great things because I'm a senior,” Lee said to. “It definitely makes it more exciting to know it's my last first tournament. Getting off to such a great start can only mean that I move on and can play even better in the other tournaments this season."
Before players were called off the course due to inclement weather, Lee was in middle of a second-straight bogey-free round after completing 11 holes in round two with three birdies and eight pars.
Currently, the Colorado women’s golf team so far sits in fourth place overall with play continuing Tuesday morning.
"With this strong start to the season for our team, it's going to give a lot of confidence to everyone on the team, and we can show that we are good and can compete with the best," Lee said.