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By: CUBuffs.com
Women’s Golf Wins Edean Ihlanfeldt Invite
Release: October 05, 2011
By: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID
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SAMMAMISH, Wash.—The No. 17 University of Colorado women’s golf team won the seventh event in school history Wednesday, taking home a two-stroke win at the 2011 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.  The Buffs shot the best team round of the day, a 13-over par 301 to finish the 54-hole event at 32-over par 896.

“I’m really proud of this team,” CU coach Anne Kelly said. “Jenny and Alex really helped us out today with great final rounds, but it was an all-round team effort.  Each win is different and they’re all great, but to win this event at a Pac-12 site with half of the teams from the Pac-12, it’s a big deal.”

Although it was not a dual meet, it is the first victory for the Buffaloes in any sport in a Pac-12-dominated field since the school joined the league.  The men’s golf team has won two events this fall, topping Utah in both of them.  In this 12-team field hosted by the University of Washington, six teams were from the Pac-12.  It was held at the on the 6,003-yard, par 72 Sahalee Country Club course just east of Seattle.

“It was really exciting,” senior Emily Talley said. “I was the first one in, so I was able to watch it all unfold.  We were all watching the live scoring, which is unofficial so you never know, but I felt like we all finished the last couple of holes strong and a couple of the other teams didn’t.  Oregon really made a strong push, if felt like they had a bunch of birdies at the end, so it was just exciting.”

Four of the six Pac-12 teams in the field were battling it out throughout the final round, as the Buffs edged No. 34 Oregon (second, 34-over par 898) while No. 21 Washington and No. 16 California tied for third at 36-over par 900.  Oregon State finished fifth at 56-over par 920.  The Pac-12 took home the top five spots as six of the 12 teams in the field are from the league.

The Buffs victory can be attributed to a strong finish, which was the opposite of what happened in the second round.  Over the last four holes, the Buffs were collectively 2-over par for those counting for the team scoring, matching  Washington’s effort over the same span.  Oregon, who the Buffs edged by two strokes,  was 5-over par and California, who finished four strokes back of the Buffs, was 9-over par over those last four holes. 

“That was the biggest factor,” Kelly said. “The finish we had as a team definitely won the tournament for us.  And the exciting thing is there is still room for improvement.  It’s exciting and so great to get a Pac-12 win and all that.  But we didn’t have our ‘A Game,’ Alex (Stewart) had a good tourney, Jenny (Coleman) and Jess (Wallace) threw in good rounds, but I know most of them can still play better.”

Stewart led the way for the Buffs shooting even par 72 in the final round to finish 1-over par 217 (70-75-72).  She finished in fourth place individually, three strokes behind the medalist.  She made a key birdie on the 17th hole to pick up a stroke for the Buffs and bring herself back to even par.  She had a three hole stretch on the front nine with consecutive bogeys, but played the final 12 holes at 2-under par.  

“I played really solid today, except for my three bogeys in a row,” Stewart said.  “That was kind of a downer, but I then played my last 12 holes at 2-under.  I knew where I was individually, what I had to do, but I didn’t know anything about the team standings.  Which is probably better, I could just play my own game and not worry about any extra pressure.”

She is the 17th player in program history to record a top 5 finish and the fourth among active players, including the third already this season.   

“Alex, and I’m quoting (assistant coach) Brent (Franklin) here,” Tally added, “he said it best, ‘She’s tough as nails.  She was so calm, cool and collected.’”
Coleman also had a birdie on the 17th hole to pick up a stroke for the Buffaloes en route to a 1-over par 73 in the final round which put her in 10th place at 10-over par 226.  Four times throughout her round, she responded to shooting a bogey with a birdie on one of the next two holes, and three of those times she got the birdie on very the next hole.

“Today, Jenny and Alex both really saved us,” Kelly said. “Jenny played rock solid. It’s a very tough and narrow course, for a long ball-striker like she is, being able to score 1-over par on that course is very good.”

Wallace finished her final round at 6-over par 78 and with a three round total of 13-over par 229 and tied for 21st place.  She had a rare stretch of five bogeys in a span of seven holes on the front nine but settled down to shoot 1-over on the final six holes to help secure the victory.  

Talley also shot a final round 6-over par 78 and finished at 16-over par 232 and tied for 27th.  Her front and back nine scores were identical, 3-over on each side, and finished with six bogeys and 12 pars in her round.  

“This win also shows how nice it is to have depth,” Kelly said. “Alex shoots 2-under in the first round as our fifth player.  It’s nice for Emily, the first couple of years she really carried the team.  She stuck through some tough years and I’m happy that she has some help.  She will get back on track soon, I’m sure.”

Sophomore Kristin Coleman shot a final round 8-over par 80 and finished tied for 25th at 14-over par 230.  She played 15 of the 18 holes at 1-over par but had two double bogeys and one triple. 

“Kristin struggled a little today, but again to the depth, her score counted the first two rounds,” Kelly said. “She’s coming off a top 5 finish last week.  That again goes to the depth of this team.”

Nebraska’s Madeline Sheils took home medalist honors shooting a 2-under par 214 on the strength of an impressive 5-under 67 in the final round.  She was the only player to post a score in the 60s in any of the three rounds.  Oregon’s Cassy Isagawa and Washington’s Jennifer Yang tied for second one stroke behind Sheils at 1-under par 215.  Stewart was two strokes back at 1-over par in fourth as those four battled for individual honors.  California’s Joanne Lee finished fifth at 7-over par 223.  

Kelly will give the Buffs a little break to focus on academics and then return to the course to get ready for the Pac-12/SEC Challenge, scheduled for Oct. 21-23 in Knoxville, Tenn., hosted by the University of Tennessee at the Holston Hills Country Club.  In the latest Golfstat rankings, the two leagues have five of the top nine and 10 of the top 20 teams in the country.

“Every team from both leagues will be there,” Kelly said.  “It will be the best field we’ve ever played in, including NCAA Regional’s.”

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

4.

Alex Stewart

70-75-72—217

10.

Jenny Coleman

75-78-73—226

t-21.

Jessica Wallace

80-71-78—229

t-25.

Kristin Coleman

76-74-80—230

t-27.

Emily Talley

78-76-78—232

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Madeline Sheils, Nebraska

73-74-67—214

t-2.

Cassy Isagawa, Oregon

72-71-72—215

t-2.

Jennifer Yang, Washington

73-70-72—215

4.

Alex Stewart, Colorado

70-75-72—217

5.

Joanne Lee, California

73-73-77—223

 

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

Colorado

299-296-301—896

2.

Oregon

301-295-302—898  

t-3.

Washington

303-294-303—900

t-3.

California

299-296-305—900

5.

Oregon State

298-313-309—920

6.

San Jose State

314-302-307—923

t-7.

Gonzaga

305-316-311—932

t-7.

Nebraska

318-312-302—932

9.

UNLV

311-312-310—933

10.

Idaho

311-309-315—935

11.

BYU

322-309-310—941

12.

Washington State

322-315-331—968

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