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By: CUBuffs.com
Buffs Remain In 15th At NCAA Championships
Release: May 24, 2012
By: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID
FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Sophomore Jenny Coleman led the way for the No. 10 University of Colorado women’s golf team in the third round of the 2012 NCAA Championships as the Buffaloes closed Thursday where they started, in 15th place here at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club.  

Coleman shot a 2-over par 74 on what CU coach Anne Kelly and assistant coach Brent Franklin agreed is the hardest college course they’ve ever seen.  Coleman’s 2-over was topped by just 10 players in the field of 126, as scores ballooned across the board.  As a team, the Buffs shot a 17-over par 305, just above the average team score of 15-over par and one stroke better than the team leader Alabama, which shot an 18-over par 306 in the round.  Through 54-holes, the Buffs are 36-over par 900.  

The Crimson Tide began the day with an 11-stroke lead and through three rounds sits at 13-over par 877.  No. 3 Southern California put itself into contention with the best team score of the day at 6-over par 294 and closed the gap to just two strokes with a 15-over par 879 score.  No. 25 South Carolina, No. 27 Virginia and No. 33 Purdue are all tied for third six strokes back at 19-over par 883.   Just six teams shot better than 10-over par as a team.  

“It was a tough day,” Kelly said. “The hole locations were very difficult and the breeze picked up midway through our round, and that made the greens even more firm.  We just couldn’t get anything going.  I know everybody played their hearts out, it just wasn’t our day.”

Coleman’s 2-over 74 came with three birdies and five bogeys and she is tied for 34th at 7-over par 223.  She opened her round with a bogey on No. 1 and immediately followed it up with a birdie on No. 2.  She went to 1-under par with a birdie on No. 6 and after a bogey on No. 8, she closed the front nine at even par.  She opened the back nine with bogeys on three of the first four holes but then brought it back with a birdie on No. 15 and closed her round with three straight pars.  

“It was a pretty good day,” Coleman said. “My full swing was on.  My putting was good on the front nine and then on the back I had a tough stretch of holes.  The conditions are tough and about the same no matter when you play, although it was probably a little cooler this morning and that’s a little beneficial.”

“I think a 2-over today on this course is like shooting even par, if not better,” Kelly said. “I’m proud of both Jenny and Kristin (Coleman), they both made good comebacks.  Kristin played really well; she showed what kind of fighter she is with her finish.”

Kristin Coleman shot a 4-over 76 and is tied for 92nd at 15-over par 231.  After a double bogey on No. 8, she was 6-over par and played her final 10 holes at 2-under par.  She turned her play around after finding herself well right on the par 5 No. 9 when she made an amazing shot to get the ball on the green and made birdie on a 25-foot putt.  

“On No. 9, I hit a good drive but then I hit a 3-wood on my second shot, it was right of the green, right of the cart path, very, very right,” Kristin Coleman said. “I had to do a knockdown, above the flower beds but below the tree third shot and it wound up 25 feet away and I made the birdie.  Everything started clicking a little better after that. It was easier to make pars from that point.”

She then played the back nine at 1-under par with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.  The birdie on No. 16 was just one of eight in the field as that hole played the toughest on the course in the third round.  The No. 17 hole also played well over par as the fifth-hardest hole on the course.  

“On the last few holes, I made a couple of good iron shots and good putts; I was feeling it a little bit,” Kristin Coleman said.

Senior Emily Talley was putting an impressive performance together and was even par through 14 holes with two birdies and two bogeys but she struggled coming in and had bogeys on each of her last four holes.  She is tied for 34th at 7-over par 223.  She birdied No. 2 to get to 1-under par and then after consecutive bogeys on Nos. 4 and 5, she brought it back to even with a birdie on No. 7.  Then she had seven straight pars, including a great par save on No. 14 before closing with her run of bogeys. 

“The finish ruined everything,” Talley said. “I was giving myself opportunities for birdie, which was different than yesterday.  But then at the end I was saving, and you can only save so many times before it starts getting in your head.  It was frustrating; I missed two par putts in the last few holes.  I was pleased with how I was hitting the ball, I thought I was making more putts than I did yesterday, but that’s just a terrible way to finish.  I’ll do my best to just forget about it and get my confidence back up with my putting.  I can’t emulate the feeling of putting on the course on the putting green, but I have to figure out how to fix that overnight.”

Sophomore Alex Stewart shot a 7-over par 79 and it tied for 64th at 11-over par 227.  She bogeyed No. 1 and remained at 1-over par after four straight pars.  She then bogeyed three straight before getting a birdie on No. 9 to close her front nine at 3-over par.  After a double bogey on No. 10, she birdied No. 11 and then with three holes remaining, she was at 4-over par but closed with a double bogey on No. 16 and bogey on No. 17.  

Senior Jess Wallace shot an 8-over par 80 and is tied for 107th at 14-over par 230.  She was 6-over par on her front nine with four bogeys and one double bogey before rebounding to shoot 2-over on the back nine with one birdie and three bogeys.  She also struggled a bit coming in with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17.  

Oklahoma’s Jao-Javanil Chriapat, who played with Talley Thursday, and Arizona State’s Giulia Molinaro are both in the individual lead at 4-under par 212.  Molinaro shot even par while Chirapat shot a 2-under par 70 in the third round.  LSU’s Tessa Teachman and Alabama’s Brooke Pancake, who had the individual lead after two rounds, are tied for third at 3-under par 213.  South Carolina’s Katie Burnett and Virginia’s Portland Rosen are the only two other players under par and are tied for fifth at 1-under par 215.  

The Buffs will tee off in the final round of its spectacular season Friday at 8:36 a.m. on the No. 1 tee alongside Texas A&M and again with NC State, as the two teams who are making their first championship appearance will again play together in the final round. 

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

t-34.

Emily Talley

71-76-76—223

t-34.

Jenny Coleman

76-73-74—223

t-64.

Alex Stewart

75-73-79—227

t-92.

Kristin Coleman

75-80-76—231

t-107.

Jess Wallace

78-76-80—234

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

t-1.

Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma

69-73-70—212

t-1.

Giulia Molinaro, Arizona State

69-71-72—212

t-3.

Tessa Teachman, LSU

69-74-70—213

t-3.

Brooke Pancake, Alabama

68-70-75—213

t-4.

Katie Burnett, South Carolina

74-67-74—215

t-4.

Portland Rosen, Virginia

66-75-74—215

 

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

Alabama

286-285-306—877

2.

Southern California

297-288-294—879

t-3.

Purdue

293-295-295—883

t-3.

South Carolina

302-291-300—883

t-3.

Virginia

288-294-301—883

6.

Louisiana State

293-294-297—884

7.

North Carolina

290-292-303—885

8.

Arizona State

292-294-304—887

t-9.

UCLA

292-290-306—888

t-9.

Oklahoma

294-299-295—888

t-11.

Duke

289-302-301—892

t-11.

Florida

302-293-297—892

13.

N.C. State

299-294-305—898

14.

Texas A&M

301-298-300—899

15.

Colorado

297-298-305—900

t-16.

Michigan State

296-311-294—901

t-16.

Vanderbilt

306-295-311—901

t-18.

Pepperdine

306-293-304—903

t-18.

Baylor

299-304-300—903

20.

Texas

297-295-313—905

21.

Arkansas

303-301-309—913

22.

Tennessee

300-307-307—914

23.

Ohio State

303-307-305—915

24.

Stanford

309-304-307—920


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