The Colorado women's golf team is in 14th after the first round of the Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday.

UCLA leads the field after shooting a 9-under par score of 279 while Duke is second, one stroke back at 8-under par. Southern California is in third at 5-under par 283 while Alabama sits in fourth (284) and Texas rounds out the top five (286).

In all, the nation's top three teams as well as six of the top 11 and 11 of the top 25 are in the field.

The Buffs carded a 298 on the Karsten Golf Course, led by Jenny Coleman. The junior shot an even par 72 and is tied for 27th.

"Overall I think we're definitely making good progress," CU coach Anne Kelly said. "We are making great improvement and this field is like a mini-NCAA Championship, so it's a great experience for us. We had a couple of bad holes, but overall I'm proud of the improvement we are making. We are working hard and it's starting to pay off."

Freshman Jamie Oleksiew shot a 1-over par 73 and she is tied for 35th.

Duke's Laetitia Beck and Washington's Jennifer Yang are tied for the top spot after the first round. Both carded 5-under par 67s.

Play continues with the second round today at 9 a.m.

Arizona State Invitational

Team scores

1. UCLA 279

2. Duke 280

3. USC 283

4. Alabama 284

5. Texas 286

t-6. Texas A&M 287

t-6.UC Davis 287

8. Arizona 288

9. Stanford 289

t-10. South Carolina 291

t-10. Arizona State 291

12. TCU and Washington 292

14. Colorado 298

15. UNLV 305

16. Oregon 311

17. California 313

Top 5 individuals

t-1. Laetita Beck, Duke 67

t-1. Jennifer Yang, Washington 67

t-3. Patricia Garcis, Arizona 68

t-3.Susy Gruden, Texas A&M 68

t-3.Ani Gulugian, UCLA 68

t-3.Rachel Morris, USC 68

t-3.Emma Talley, Alabama 68

CU individuals

t-27. Jenny Coleman 72

t-35. Jamie Oleksiew , 73

t-61. Alexis Keating 76

t-66. Kristin Coleman 77

t-77. Allie Zech 79