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Buffs Finish Fourth At Stanford
Release: February 20, 2011
By: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID
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STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 21 University of Colorado women's golf team used top 10 performances from juniors Emily Talley and Jess Wallace to finish fourth at the 2011 Peg Barnard Invitational here Sunday.  The Buffs improved four strokes as a team from the first to second rounds but fell two spots after posting the second-best first round score.

The Buffs finished behind three Northern California schools but it was No. 9 California that took the field by storm and won going away, shooting a two-round total of 11-over par 579, 18 strokes ahead of host and 27th-ranked Stanford, who finished with a 29-over par 597.  No. 25 UC Davis took third with a 31-over par 599, three strokes ahead of the Buffaloes (34-over par 602) while No. 28 Washington rounded out the top five with a 42-over par 610. 

"I'm a little disappointed overall, but we had a lot of good signs," CU head coach Anne Kelly said. "There were signs from everybody.  Emily made a great comeback this morning.  Jess played well this afternoon.  Kristin (Coleman) played consistently.  Jenny (Coleman)'s really close, she's made a lot of improvement from the fall and I'm ready for her to break through any day now."

The first round was rained out Saturday and the last few holes were finished Sunday before the start of the second round.  The Buffs stood in second at 19-over par and trailed California by 11 strokes on the par 71 Stanford Golf Course, which played at 6,148 yards for the event.  The Cardinal and UC Davis were right on the Buffs heels after the first round, the Cardinal one stroke back and UC Davis four strokes behind CU. 

Talley and Wallace both finished tied for eighth posting 7-over par 149s, but both took drastically different routes to get there. Talley stood in second place after posting a 1-over par 72, shooting 2-under par in the final eight holes after the delay.  She remained in contention until the final four holes when she took a triple bogey on the 18th hole with just four holes remaining. 

"This morning I started off really well," Talley said.  "I chipped in from about 30 feet on the first hole across the green, so that was great.  I was having a great day with a lot of good luck, and then everything went wrong and I got a triple on the fourth-to-last hole.  I pushed my drive, I hit some branches coming out of the trees and three-putted.  But overall it was good, I chipped out twice today, I think I've done that 10 times in my life."

Wallace, meanwhile, responded after a first round 78 to shoot even par 71 and surged into the top 10 with a birdie on the second-to-last hole of the tournament.

"My swing wasn't feeling quite right, but I was able to work with it better the second round," Wallace said. "It was good to come out and get a birdie on the second to last hole, I knew that would get me back to par and that's what I wanted." 

Both Jenny and Kristin Coleman earned top 20 finishes in a tie for 19th with 10-over par scores of 152 over the two rounds.  They also took different routes to the same score, as Jenny shot a 4-over par 75 in the first round and finished the second round at 6-over par 77 while Kristin improved by four strokes from the first to second rounds, shooting a 7-over par 78 in the first round and 3-over par 74 in the second, earning par on her last 12 holes to maintain that 3-under score. 

Sophomore Taylor Doyle also improved between rounds, shooting a 6-over par 77 in the second round, shaving five strokes off her first round 82 to finish tied for 38th.  Freshman Tessa The played individually and finished tied for 53rd with a two round total of 21-over par 163.  She also shaved five strokes off her first round total, going from a 13-over par 84 to an 8-over par 79 between rounds. 

With the weather "a bit cold, but a lot better," according to Kelly, most teams improved their scores from the first round.  "The course drained very well."  Talley, for one, was glad the first round was postponed in hindsight.

"I was all over the place," Talley said. "I was able to sit with it and think about it and this morning played much better.  I literally forgot how to play golf yesterday the first few holes."

The Buffs will return to Northern California in just under a week, this time for the San Jose State Julie Inkster Spartan Invitational, set for Monday, Feb. 28 and Tuesday, March 1. 

"This was a good preview as to how well we can play this spring," Talley said.  "We're fresh off the snow, we haven't been able to play on a tournament course or in tournament conditions.  Cal played well, but they were coming off another tournament.  Once you get warmed up anything can happen and we're now warmed up and I'm happy we'll be back at this airport in six days."

"It will be good to come back here to San Jose," Wallace added.  "It was good to get back to competitive golf.  We'll be ready next week."

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

Rk.

Team

Score

t-8.

Emily Talley

72-77-149

t-8.

Jessica Wallace

78-71-149

t-19.

Jenny Coleman

75-77-152

t-19.

Kristin Coleman

78-74-152

t-46.

Taylor Doyle

82-77-159

t-53.

*Tessa The

84-79-163

*

Playing Individually

 

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS

Rk.

Team

Score

1.

Emily Childs, California

73-67-140

2.

Daniela Holmqvist, California

69-74-143

3.

Anya Alvarez, Washington

78-67-145

t-4.

Demi Runas, UC Davis

74-73-147

t-4.

Sally Watson, Stanford

75-72-147

t-4.

Kristina Wong, Stanford

73-74-147

TEAM SCORES

Rk.

Team

Score

1.

California

292-287-579

2.

Stanford

304-293-597

3.

UC Davis

307-292-599

4.

Colorado

303-299-602

5.

Washington

315-295-610

6.

San Jose State

311-308-619

7.

Santa Clara

314-311-625

8.

Rollins College

323-316-639

9.

Washington State

324-316-640

10.

Fresno State

323-330-653

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