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Alex Stewart is tied for second at 1-under par.
Womenís Golf Fourth at Sugar Bowl
Release: February 26, 2012
By: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID
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NEW ORLEANS, La.—The No. 17 University of Colorado women’s golf team sits in fourth place after the first round of the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, hosted by Tulane here at the English Turn Golf and Country Club.  The Buffs shot a 9-over par 297.  

The Buffaloes were leading the tournament for most of the round until the final hole, which the four scoring players collectively shot at 5-over par.  That hole played as the third-toughest of the day with just six birdies compared to 28 golfers playing it above par.  As it stands, No. 4 Southern California leads the way at 5-over par 293, followed by No. 20 Oregon at 6-over par 294.  No. 13 Duke sits two shots above the Buffaloes in third place at 7-over par 295 and No. 19 Baylor is tied with the Buffaloes at 9-over par.  

“We had a good day,” CU coach Anne Kelly said. “We were leading the tournament for a good portion of the round.  Our ball striking continues to be strong and the whole team showed signs of improvement, especially with wedge play and sand shots.  Overall it was a good day with the exception our last hole, No. 9, which played hard because of the hole location and wind.  That hole kind of ate our lunch but we hope to make up some strokes there tomorrow.”

Oregon is the only team ranked lower than the Buffs ahead of them in the standings while the Buffs are ahead of three top 11 teams, including No. 2 Alabama (13-over par 301), No. 3 Auburn (12-over par 300) and No. 11 Texas A&M (12-over par 300.  Golfstat ranked this field as the No. 4 toughest this season, meaning in the last two events, the Buffs have played the hardest field and fourth-hardest field in back-to-back events. 

“I’m proud of this group,” Kelly said. “They are working hard on the right things in their games and doing what it takes to compete with the best teams in the country.”

Sophomore Alex Stewart led the way for the Buffaloes after shooting a 1-under par 71 and is tied for second place as one of five rounds under par on the day.  Stewart started on the No. 10 tee and shot a 3-under par 33 on the front  nine.  On the round, she had four birdies and three bogeys, including each of the last two holes.  

“Alex played very well, very consistent and put herself in good position,” Kelly said. “She was very steady and consistent throughout the round.”

Senior Jessica Wallace had 16 pars and two bogeys to finish her round at 2-over par 74 and is tied for 14th individually.  She was even on her front nine and had bogeys on the No. 1 and No. 9 holes on her back nine.  Sophomore Jenny Coleman is one stroke behind Wallace at 3-over par 75 and is tied for 27th.  Coleman had a bogey on her first hole and responded with a birdie on her second hole to get back to even par.  She bogeyed the Nos. 14 and 15 holes (her fifth and sixth hole of the day) and then had 11 straight pars before finishing with a bogey on the No. 9.  

Senior Emily Talley is tied for 45th after a 5-over par 77 in the first round.  She was 1-over on her front nine and through her first 15 holes, she was sitting at 2-over par.  She bogeyed the No. 7 and then double bogeyed the No. 9 hole to finish out at 5-over par.  

“Jenny, Jess and Emily played well,” Kelly said. “They are all in the same boat, hoping that a few more birdie putts fall in the next two rounds.”

Talley’s score has now counted for the Buffaloes in 114 career rounds and she’s one away from the CU record of 115 held by Sarah Bellinger from 1998-2001.  Her round has counted for team scoring in 114 of 119 career rounds, or 95.8 percent of the time. She will become just the fifth CU women’s golfer to play in 120 career rounds tomorrow.  

Sophomore Kristin Coleman shot a 7-over par 79 and is tied for 61st individually.  With three bogeys and two birdies through her first 12 holes, she then had two bogeys on the Nos. 4 and 5 and then shot a 9 on the par 5 No. 6 to sit at 7-over par.  She regained her composure to par the final three holes, the only CU player to shoot even on the final three holes of the day.  

“Unfortunately for her, Kristin had a tough hole,” Kelly said. “She was in great shape to go for the par 5 in two, but just missed her second shot and ended up in a hazard.  It was a good choice for her to go for it, but it didn’t quite work out.  She basically took one for the team there. She was the first one through it and the rest of the team laid up instead of going for it and played it at par or better.  She played really well aside from that hole.”

The event continues Monday with the second round, slated to begin at 8 a.m.  The Buffs will tee off from the first hole between 8:45 and 9:21 a.m.  


BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

t-2.

Alex Stewart

71

t-14.

Jessica Wallace

74

t-27.

Jenny Coleman

75

t-45.

Emily Talley

77

t-61.

Kristin Coleman

79

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Cali Hipp, Oregon

69

t-2.

Alex Stewart, Colorado

71

t-2.

Marita Engzelius, Tulsa

71

t-2.

Casey Isagawa, Oregon

71

t-2.

Lisa McCloskey, USC

71

 

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

Southern California

293

2.

Oregon

294

3.

Duke

295

t-4.

Colorado

297

t-4.

Baylor

297

6.

Tulsa

299

t-7.

Texas A&M

300

t-7.

Auburn

300

t-7.

Florida

300

t-10.

Alabama

301

t-10.

Florida State

301

t-10.

Tulane

301

13.

Kennesaw State

308

14.

Mississippi

310

15.

East Carolina

313

 

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