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Coleman Wins Dick McGuire Invitational
Release: September 18, 2012
By: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Junior Jenny Coleman turned her two stroke lead entering the final round into an eight stroke victory, torching the UNM Championship Course for a 5-under par 68 to finish at 11-under par 208 and win medalist honors here at the 2012 Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational.  The Buffs slipped one spot as a team and finished eighth at 22-over par 898.  

Iowa State won what turned out to be the closest team finish in Dick McGuire history that saw six teams lead at some point throughout the final round.  The Cyclones posted a final round 3-over par 295 to finish at 10-over par 886, one stroke ahead of a three-way tie for second between Ohio State, UC Davis and UNLV.  Northwestern led the second wave, taking fifth place at 17-over par 893, edging out Baylor (18-over par 894), Indiana (20-over par 896) and CU at 22-over par.  

“Jenny played like a tour player today,” CU coach Anne Kelly said. “We had to count two 80s today, and it’s a shame because if those 80s are 75s, we’re in the hunt. When we have a player shooting so far under par, we should win the tournament.  It’s a learning process, we’re making steps in the right direction, but as well as Jenny played, it’s clear as a team we have some work to do.”

Coleman scorched the course with six birdies and one bogey in her final round to shoot a 5-under par 68 and claim her career-best round, bettering a 3-under par 69 she shot at Colorado National Golf Club during the final round of the NCAA West Regional last season.  Her 70-70-68—208 is the best 54-hole score in CU history by one stroke and the 11-under par is the best 54-hole score in relation to par by four strokes, making her the first CU player to go 10-under par in a tournament.  

“Everything was working well, I wasn’t making too many mistakes,” Coleman said. “I hit all 18 greens in regulation, so I had a lot of birdie opportunities; I hit a lot of iron shots within 6-feet.  My full swing was a little sharper today, although it’s been good for both tournaments, but my short swing this tournament was the best it’s ever been and I was making a lot of my putts.”

She became just the sixth CU women’s golf to win medalist honors and her eight stroke victory is a school record, besting a 5-stroke victory by Hannah Hoch in 2005 at the Ron Moore Invitational.  Overall it is the eighth individual win in school history, as Hoch and Jess Wallace each won two tournaments while Kiersten Albright, Dominique Pytlewski and Alex Stewart each had one win. 

In the final round, she started off on No. 7 and began her round with two pars and a birdie to close out the front nine of the course.  She birdied No. 12 to get to 2-under par through her first six holes and then after three pars, she caught fire and birdied four of the next six holes making the turn.  She had birdies on holes Nos. 16 and 18 before making the turn and getting birdies on holes Nos. 1 and 3.  She was at 6-under par before a bogey on her final hole to finish with the 68. 

“She was hitting a lot of greens, hitting her putts,” Kelly said. “When she missed a putt for birdie, she didn’t let it get to her, she just went on to the next hole.  I don’t know how else to explain how well she was playing other than to say it was like a pro.  I think about how far she has come in two years and it’s exciting.  To her credit, she has put in a lot of work to get there.”

In the three rounds, she tallied 13 birdies and one eagle and had just four bogeys along the way and her 50 holes at or under par is also a CU record, breaking Talley’s mark of 49.  Her 68 is tied for the ninth-lowest 18-hole score in CU history and is the second-best score on a par 73 course, behind only Emily Talley and her 67 at the Dick McGuire in the third round in 2010.  Her 208 bettered the school record of 209, set by both Emily Childs and Emily Talley on par 72 courses.  The 208 is nine strokes better than the previous record for a par 73 course of 217, set by Jess Wallace in 2010 at the Dick McGuire.  

She became just the third golfer in CU history to go under par in all three rounds in a tournament, joining Childs and Talley.  She now has 12 career rounds under par and moved into fourth place on the CU list, just two rounds out of second place, which is held by Wallace with 14 (Pytlewski has 13 such rounds; Talley is the career leader with 24).  Her eagle in the first round was also the fourth of her career, tying her for Talley for the career lead).  

Her 13 birdies moves her past Wallace into second place in CU history with 178 and the 13 birdies in one tournament matches her career best and is tied for fifth most in CU history.  

Freshman Megan Haase shot a 1-over par 74 to finish tied for 39th at 10-over par 229.  She had four birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey in her round and had a clutch birdie to bring her score back to 1-over par on her final hole of the day.  

“Megan played a really solid final round and I’m proud of her,” Kelly said. “There are definitely bright spots with all the freshmen.  The things we have to do to improve, they’re not necessarily easy, but they are things I think we can do pretty quickly as a group.”

Freshman Allie Zech, playing individually, shot a final round 5-over par 78 to finish tied for 35th at 9-over par 228.  She started her round off with a birdie and had six bogeys the rest of the way, including two in the final three holes. She was among the leaders of the players who weren’t scoring for their teams, ranking fourth and four strokes behind the leader of that group. 

Junior Kristin Coleman and freshmen Alexis Keating and Jamie Oleksiew all shot final round scores of 7-over par 80.  Coleman finished tied for 39th at 10-over par 229, while Keating finished tied for 49th at 13-over par 232 and Oleksiew tied for 69th at 17-over par 236.  Kristin Coleman found herself at 4-over par through seven holes and then found a little grove with five pars and a birdie on the next six holes.  She struggled coming in with four bogeys in her final five holes.  

Keating was 1-over par through five before a five hole stretch where she was 5-over par.  She did rebound to shoot 1 over on the final eight holes of the round with two birdies and three bogeys.  Oleksiew started her round off on a good note with a birdie to go under par right off the bat.  After a double bogey on her fifth hole, she remained at 1-over par through 10 holes before getting bogeys on six of her final eight holes to finish with an 80.  

The Buffs now have a bit of a break before the fall schedule resumes in two weeks at the Windy City Classic, hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on October 1-2, the first of three tournaments throughout the month of October.  


BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

1.

Jenny Coleman

70-70-68—208

t-35.

Allie Zech

75-75-78—228

t-39.

Megan Haase

79-76-74—229

t-39.

Kristin Coleman

73-76-80—229

t-43.

Alexis Keating

76-76-80—232

t-60.

Jamie Oleksiew

79-77-80—236

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Jenny Coleman, CU

70-70-68—208

2.

Rachel Rohanna, OSU

71-72-73—216

3.

L. Weaver, N’western

73-71-73—217

t-4.

Grace Na, Pepperdine

71-71-76—218

t-4.

A. Simanton, UC Davis

68-76-70—218

 

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

Iowa State

295-296-295—886

t-2.

UC Davis

299-296-292—887

t-2.

UNLV

293-295-299—887

t-2.

Ohio State

293-297-297—887

5.

Northwestern

298-296-299—893

6.

Baylor

298-294-302—894

7.

Indiana

293-307-296—896

8.

Colorado

298-298-302—898

9.

Pepperdine

300-296-311—907

10.

New Mexico

309-296-304—909

11.

TCU

295-311-308—914

12.

BYU

300-306-309—915

t-13.

Iowa

306-307-306—919

t-13.

San Diego State

304-305-310—919

15.

Colorado State

315-315-311—941

16.

UTEP

315-324-311—950

17.

Wyoming

320-328-308—956

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