PULLMAN, Wash.—The No. 11 University of Colorado women’s golf team will get underway with the 2011-12 postseason Friday with the Buffs first appearance in the Pac-12 Championships, hosted by Washington State here at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
The Buffaloes are the No. 4 seed in the field behind top seed and No. 1-ranked UCLA, USC (second seeded, third ranked) and Arizona State (3/4). Seeding is based off the average of the school’s rankings in both the Golfweek and Golfstat polls. CU and California were tied, but the Buffaloes have bested the Bears in each of the four tournaments they’ve squared off in this season.
The Buffs are scheudled to tee off at 9:10 a.m. PT from the 10th tee alongside Southern California and Oregon State.
CU has achieved the highest rankings in school history, No. 11 by Golfweek and the Golf World coaches poll and No. 12 by Golfstat. The Buffaloes are arguably coming off the three best performances in school history, but have not hit the links in tournament action in almost a month.
The Buffs finished second at the Allstate Sugar bowl at the close of February in a field that was ranked the fourth toughest in the nation this season. The Buffs topped No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 USC and No. 4 Auburn in the field while sophomore Alex Stewart rallied from eight strokes down to capture medalist honors in the final round, topping five of the top 20 players in the country including top-ranked Lindy Duncan from Duke.
The Buffs then demolished the field at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., March 16-18, winning by 31 strokes, nearly double the previous largest margin of victory in program history. Senior Jess Wallace won her second career event with Stewart taking second, senior Emily Talley third and sophomore Jenny Coleman tied for sixth, marking the first time in program history three Buffs have captured three top five and four top 10 performances.
CU then headed to the Islands and won back-to-back events for the first time in school history, taking home the Anuenue Spring Break Challenge trophy by two strokes.
The Buffs will be making their second appearance in the state of Washington this season and are looking for a similar performance, as the Buffaloes won the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational Oct. 3-5, hosted by Washington in Sammamish, Wash.
Weather could very well play a major factor in this year’s Championship, as the Buffs partook in the practice round Thursday with heavy rain and temperatures in the upper 40s. The forecast calls for a rain turning to snow mix Thursday night through Friday afternoon. The chance for precipitation diminishes for Saturday and Sunday but temperatures are not expected to leave the mid-50s.
The Buffs have traditionally played well in adverse conditions and more often than not the Big 12 Championships, which the Buffs have competed in the past 15 years, have been affected by the weather some way or another.