FRANKLIN, Tenn.—The No. 10 University of Colorado women’s golf team has completed two practice rounds and attended all the necessary meetings and festivities associated with the event, and is now ready to hit the links Tuesday for the first round of the 2012 NCAA Championships, the first in which the Buffs have ever participated.
The Buffaloes are the No. 4 seed out of the West Region and will tee off Tuesday at 12:56 p.m. CT on the No. 10 tee alongside Alabama and Tennessee, the No. 4 seeds from the Central and East regions, respectively. Sophomore Kristin Coleman will be the first CU player off the tee at 12:56 p.m., followed by Jenny Coleman at 1:09 p.m., Jess Wallace at 1:20 p.m., Alex Stewart at 1:31 p.m. and Emily Talley at 1:42 p.m., the final group of the day on the Par 72, 6,377-yard Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club.
“I think they’re ready to go,” CU coach Anne Kelly said. “It was good to have two practice rounds; this is a really difficult course. The greens are really firm, you have to hit the ball in certain locations and know where they are. I’m glad we had a couple of rounds to get used to it, but at the same time I think everybody’s ready go get going.”
“It’s different,” Talley added. “Normally it’s one and done, but it was nice getting more comfortable with the course today. At the same time, now that I’ve seen myself play at Colorado National and I felt like the one round I played like I didn’t know it was the best. So I still have to have that respect for the course and pretend I don’t know it that well.”
Talley said knowing this is her final tournament regardless of the outcome gives her a different mindset than a normal tournament.
“I want to go out and have fun, obviously,” Talley said. “I’m nervous but at the same time, it’s my last tournament so I might as well go out and have a good time, enjoy it, and not stress myself out too much. I think that will be best and who knows, maybe that will be the best turnout I can possibly have.”
The Buffs arrived in middle Tennessee on Saturday and following the first practice round Sunday, the teams were treated to a barbecue dinner in downtown Franklin followed by a special concert put on by Vince Gill. After Monday’s practice round, there was a rules meeting and ice cream social.
“They’re always like race horses getting out of the gate, they’re ready to go,” Kelly said. “It’s a long week, a lot different than other tournaments, there’s a lot of time to kill. It’s a lot like being on tour.”
“It’s one of those things,” Talley continued. “You’ll feel good about it once you get started, until then it’s like any other tournament, you’re nervous.”
Colorado has enjoyed the best season in school history and capped it off by crashing the women’s golf version of the Big Dance for the first time. The Buffs were on the brink of elimination at the NCAA West Regional, which CU hosted at Colorado National, falling to a tie for ninth place prior to the final round (the top eight teams advance). But the Buffs rebounded with one of the more clutch performances in CU history. All five Buffs went under par for the first time in program history and as a team the Buffs shot a 9-under 279, matching the second best round on the books, and jumped all the way into fourth place to easily secure qualification.
Wednesday’s second round pairings are also set and the Buffs will shift to the morning wave off the No. 1 tee starting at 8:25 a.m. The final two rounds will then be reseeded after the previous round is complete.
Live scoring will be available on the NCAA website at