BOULDER, Colo. –

The Colorado women’s golf program is already preparing for life without its super freshman.

Emily Childs â a promising player who leads the Buffs with two top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes this year â plans to transfer from CU to a program closer to her Alameda, Calif., home after the spring semester because she is homesick.

Childs is still on the team roster and enrolled at CU but will not be traveling with the Buffs the rest of the season.

“It’s a setback for us,” CU women’s golf coach Anne Kelly said on Tuesday. “But we really wish Emily the best.”

Childs’ stroke average of 73.38 is the lowest on the team. She shot three rounds in the 60s and 15 rounds in the 70s during her brief, but at times, brilliant career with the Buffs.

Kelly said the CU women’s squad remains relatively deep with a solid junior class that includes Christine Kim, Julie Kim and Dominique Pytlewski.

And the “other” Emily â freshman Emily Talley â is also making the adjustment to college golf look relatively easy with a 75.00 stroke average.

CU is preparing to host a tournament in Tucson, Ariz., this Saturday and Sunday. The Buffs will then compete against an impressive field at the Arizona State Invitational (April 3-5) before the Big 12 Championships in Lubbock (April 23-25).

Kelly said that having an official home course â the former Vista Ridge Golf Club, which has been renamed the Colorado National Golf Club â next season will help the program with recruiting and player development.