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By: CUBuffs.com
Buffs In 15th At Midpoint Of NCAAs
Release: May 23, 2012
By: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID
FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Sophomores Jenny Coleman and Alex Stewart both led the way as the No. 10 University of Colorado women’s golf team is tied for 15th place at the midpoint of the 2012 NCAA Championships here at the Vanderbilt’s Legends Golf Club Wednesday. 

Coleman and Stewart both carded 1-over par 73s while the Buffs shot a 10-over par 298 on Wednesday morning to sit at 19-over par 595 through two of four rounds on the par 72, 6,377 yard North Course.  

No. 2 Alabama shot an under par round as a team for the second straight day and own an 11-stroke lead over the field at 5-under par 571, while the Buffs are 13 strokes behind No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 27 Virginia, which are all tied for second at 6-over par 582. No. 25 South Carolina had the best round of the field so far, a 7-under par 581 to sit at 7-over par 583 and in sole possession of fifth place.  

“It was good and bad,” CU coach Anne Kelly said. “We played a lot of good holes, we just had a couple doubles and that type of thing which really hurt.  It’s a hard course.  On a course this hard, you just have to be so patient and play so smart, it is a good experience for them, they’ll be ready for a U.S. Open that’s for sure.”

The Buffs did have one mini stretch of bad luck, dropping five strokes on the team score within about 15 minutes.  After senior Jess Wallace birdied No. 17, the Buffs were at 6-over par with just a few holes remaining.  But minutes after Coleman double bogeyed No. 18, Stewart bogeyed No. 16 and right behind her senior Emily Talley double bogeyed that same hole as the Buffs score went from 6-over par to 11-over par.  Talley then birdied No. 17 to bring the team back to 10-over for the round and 19-over for the tournament.   

Stewart shot a 1-over 73 with two birdies and three bogeys and she is tied for 42nd place at 4-over par 148.  She opened with a birdie on the par 4 No. 2 and then bogeyed No. 4.  After a birdie on No. 7, she closed her front nine even with a bogey on No. 9.  She pared out the back nine other than a bogey on the par 3 No. 16.  

“I think it was pretty much how I thought it’d be, but I didn’t hit the ball that great again,” Stewart said.  “It was playing where you could score out there.  When I would hit a good shot I could get a birdie, but I didn’t hit the ball all that well. I was really putting and chipping really well, hopefully I can take that with me tomorrow.  Put it all together.”

Jenny Coleman also shot a 1-over 73, but got there a dramatically different way than Stewart with five birdies, two bogeys and two double bogeys.  She got a double bogey on the par 3 No. 3 and sandwiched a bogey on No. 8 with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 to close her front nine at 1-over.  She remained hot to open her back nine with three straight birdies on Nos. 12-14 to get to 2-undeer par before a bogey on No. 15 and double on No. 18 to finish at 1-over.  She is tied for 53rd at 5-over par 149.

Talley shot a 4-over par 76 and is tied for 32nd at 3-over par 147.  She had a bit of a bump in the road to open her round with a bogey on No. 2 and double on No. 3 to sit at 3-over par through three holes.  She then bogeyed No. 6 to go to 4-over before birdies on No. 9 and 10 making the turn to bring it back to 2-over par.  She bogeyed No. 12 and then had a double on No. 16 before getting a birdie on No. 17 and a solid par on the final hole to close her round on a good note.  

Wallace also had a 4-over par 76 and is tied for 89th at 10-over par 154.  She had three birdies, five bogeys and one double bogey.  She opened and closed her front nine with birdies on Nos. 1 and 9 with three bogeys and four pars sandwiched to close her front nine at 1-over par.  She hit a rough spot with a double on No. 14 and consecutive bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16.  She then rebounded to birdie No. 17 and had a solid par on No. 18 to close out her round. 

Sophomore Kristin Coleman shot 8-over par 80 with one birdie and nine bogeys and through two rounds is tied for 100th at 11-over par 155.  She birdied the par 4 No. 2 to briefly go to 1-under before five straight bogeys to close her front nine at 4-over par.  She then had five pars and four bogeys on the back nine to finish at 8-over par.  

Alabama’s Brooke Pancake is in the individual lead at the midpoint at 6-under par 138 after shooting a 2-under 70 in the second round.  Arizona State’s Giulia Molinaro is in second place at 4-under par 140 while South Carolina’s Katie Burnett, N.C. State’s Brittany Marchland and Virginia’s Portland Rosen, the first round leader, are all tied for third at 3-under par 141. 

The Buffs will tee off in the third of four rounds Thursday at 8:36 a.m. on the No. 1 tee alongside N.C. State and Oklahoma.  

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

t-32.

Emily Talley

71-76—147

t-42.

Alex Stewart

75-73—148

t-53.

Jenny Coleman

76-73—149

t-89.

Jess Wallace

78-76—154

t-100.

Kristin Coleman

75-80—155

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Brooke Pancake, Alabama

68-70—138

2.

Giulia Molinaro, Arizona State

69-71—140

t-3.

Katie Burnett, South Carolina

74-67—141

t-3.

Brittany Marchland, N.C. State

71-70—141

t-3.

Portland Rosen, Virginia

66-75—141

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

Alabama

286-285—571

t-2.

UCLA

292-290—582

t-2.

North Carolina

290-292—582

t-2.

Virginia

288-294—582

t-5.

South Carolina

302-291—583

t-5.

Southern California

297-281—583

7.

Louisiana State

293-288—585

8.

Purdue

293-294—587

9.

Vanderbilt

306-295—588

10.

Duke

289-284—590

11.

Texas

297-302—591

12.

N.C. State

299-295—592

t-13.

Arizona State

292-294—593

t-13.

Oklahoma

294-299—593

t-15.

Colorado

297-298—595

t-15.

Florida

302-293—595

t-17.

Pepperdine

306-293—599

t-17.

Texas A&M

301-298—599

19.

Baylor

299-304—603

20.

Arkansas

303-301—604

t-21.

Michigan State

296-311—607

t-21.

Tennessee

300-307—607

23.

Ohio State

303-307—610

24.

Stanford

309-304—613


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