The University of Colorado women’s golf team, ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation, opens a busy week ahead with a pair of events, both of which are aimed at raising awareness and money for breast cancer.
The Buffs open the week at the Fourth Annual Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Mo., Monday and Tuesday, and then will host the 13th Annual University of Colorado/Heather Farr Memorial Invitational Saturday and Sunday.
The Buffs are ranked No. 17 in the latest GolfStat poll as well as No. 15 in the initial GolfWeek poll and No. 21 in the second Golf World/NCGA Golf Coaches’ Poll of the season. In the GolfStat poll, the Buffs hold a 4-1 record over top 25 teams, while they hole a 6-2 mark in the GolfWeek poll. Also in the GolfWeek poll, the Buffs are 16-2 against Top 50 teams, 27-2 against top 100 and 30-2 overall in head-to-head match-ups.
Individually, junior Emily Talley is ranked No. 30 by GolfStat and No. 35 by GolfWeek, while junior Jessica Wallace (No. 50/69), freshman Kristin Coleman (No. 147/150) and sophomore Taylor Doyle (No. 175/171) are all ranked as top 200 players in the country by the two organizations.
All four Buffs have already made their respective marks on the program this season. Talley has already set or tied the school records for most strokes under par in a tournament (-7 at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, finishing second) and in a round (-6, third round at the UNM Invitational). She has two top 10 finishes and four rounds under par this season. She became the second Buff to go under par in all three rounds of an event at the Ptarmigan.
Wallace became the first known CU player to go under par in four straight rounds, doing so in the final two rounds at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic and the first two rounds at the UNM/Dick McGuire Invitational. She took fifth in New Mexico and is one stroke under par on the season.
Coleman has one top 20 finish and two rounds under par this season, posting a 71 in both the Ptarmigan and Dick McGuire. She set a CU mark by recording six birdies in her first collegiate round.
Doyle picked up this season where she left off last season, and she has one round under par and another round at par, both coming at the Ptarmigan where she finished 13th individually.
Those four will be joined by freshman Jenny Coleman in Missouri while junior Meaghan Kari will join the Buffs as an individual at the Johnie Imes Invitational.
Hosted by the University of Missouri, the Johnie Imes Invitational will take place at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo., the same site of the 2011 Big 12 Championships. This event will have a Big 12 feel eight league teams in the field as Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, host Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas all join the Buffs in the field.
Arkansas-Little Rock, Florida International, Illinois State, Missouri State, Princeton and Wisconsin round out the impressive field. Play will begin at 7 a.m. MT on Monday in Columbia. The Tigers are raising money through the tournament for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Information can be found at MUTigers.com.
The Buffs then return home for the 13th Annual University of Colorado/Heather Farr Memorial Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo. The 54-hole event will feature 36 holes on Friday and the final 18 on Saturday.
Farr was the childhood friend of CU coach Anne Kelly. An outstanding junior, amateur and professional golfer, Farr was well on her way to becoming a star on the Tour, but was diagnose with a rare and serious form of cancer in her mid-20s. The tournament is being held as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer the Buffs on at CNGC. The course is located 20 minutes east of Boulder on Colorado Highway 7, which is also Baseline Road. Admission and parking are free. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com and updated results will be posted to CUBuffs.com.