Esther Lee Cards Record Score En Route to College Victory

It's not always easy to follow up a record-setting round of golf. There's nowhere to go but up - as in higher scores - after all. But Esther Lee made it work.

Lee tied the all-time women's NCAA 18-hole scoring record in the first round of the Dick McGuire Invitational tournament, then added two more sub-70 scores to win the event hosted by the University of New Mexico.

Lee, a senior on the University of Colorado squad, opened the 54-hole tournament with a round of 61. That tied the NCAA record first set by Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse. In Lee's case, it was 11-under par, establishing a new record for score in relation to par for 18 holes.

Lee shot 69 in the second round 68 in the final round, finishing at 18-under 198 and winning by five strokes. That 54-hole total represents a new school record.

Esther earned her first victory in her sophomore season at Colorado, a year in which she had 10 Top 20 finishes overall. She was named to the All-Pac 12 team, an honor she repeated for the 2015-16 year when she recorded six Top 10 finishes.