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Buffs Tied For Ninth After Two Rounds At Pac-12 Preview
Release: November 04, 2013
By: Marlee Horn, Assistant SID
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KONA, Hawaii – In a 12 team-field that includes eight squads that rank in the Golfweek (Oct. 30) top 25, the University of Colorado women’s golf team sits tied for ninth through two rounds at the inaugural Pac-12 Preview. The No. 42 ranked Buffaloes shot 22-over par 606 (306, 300) in the first non-member tournament to be held at the par-73, 6,112-yard Nanea Golf Club.

“On the bright side have three players playing solid golf,” CU head coach Anne Kelly said. “If we start getting a few more putts to drop and get that fourth score in, that will help us. We’re in pretty good shape, we just got an 80 and an 81 for the fourth score and we can’t do that.”

Just four strokes separate the top three teams, with Washington (ranked No. 4 in the latest Golfweek rankings) claiming the top spot at 16-under par 568 (282, 286). No. 1 UCLA is just two strokes behind after shooting 14-under 570, while No. 2 USC is four strokes off the lead at 12-under par 572. Arizona (No. 12) and Stanford (No. 5) round out the top five at 4-under par 580 and 3-under par 581, respectively.

“It’s not that they’re putting badly, we just have to get a few more birdie putts to drop,” Kelly said. “They’re definitely giving themselves opportunities. I think we have to go out and play confidently and without fear and see what happens. It’s a goal of ours to finish the season on a strong note, and I know these players are capable of it. Kristin (Coleman) shooting under par second round was very impressive. Jamie (Oleksiew) is really, really close to breaking through, and Jenny (Coleman) just continues to play solid golf. If we get those three going and get one more, then we’re in business.”

Senior twins Kristin and Jenny Coleman lead the Buffs, each tied for 26th after shooting 2-over par 148s. Kristin Coleman was the only Buff to post an under par performance, shooting 1-under par 72 in the second round. Kristin shot six bogeys in the opening round to finish 3-over par 75, but showed great improvement in the second to trim four strokes. After bogeying on the 382-yard par-4 No. 1 in the first round, she shot a birdie (one of three in the second round and one of six total) in the second.

Jenny also showed improvement in the second round, moving from a 2-over par 75 in the opening round to an even par 73 to finish the day. After hitting just one birdie in the first round, she recorded three in the second, including on the par-4 347-yard 15th hole, on which she had previously bogeyed.

Sophomore Jamie Oleksiew is close behind, sitting at 31st after shooting 3-over par 149 (75, 74). While the 334-yard par-4 hole 5 proved a struggle, with Oleksiew first bogeying, then double bogeying in Monday’s opening rounds, her team-high four birdies in the second round helped her end the day on a good note.

Sophomores Alexis Keating and Megan Haase look to move up the standings in the final round, finishing at 59th and 60th, respectively at the end of the first day’s competition. After shooting 14-over par 87 in the first round, Keating trimmed six strokes (with the help of a birdie on the par-3 hole 8 on which she had previously bogeyed) in the second to finish the day at 22-over par 168. Haase began the day with a 7-over par 80, but struggled in the second round, recording six double bogeys to conclude the day with a score of 26-over par 172.

Twelve golfers at the Pac-12 Preview are individually ranked, so each player has had to fight to find a spot in the tournament’s top five.  UCLA’s Bronte Law jumped seven spots in the second round to move to first with a score of 11-under par 135. Washington’s SooBin Kim (ranked 13th according to Golfweek) made the biggest jump into the top five, starting the day tied for 18th, but finishing at second with a 7-under par 139 (72, 67). Oregon’s Cassy Isagawa is just five strokes off the lead at third place, having shot 6-under par 140. Two USC Women of Troy, Doris Chen and Annie Park (19), wrap up the top five with scores of 5-under par 141 to tie for fourth place.

Play will conclude with 18 holes on Tuesday, Nov. 5, with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. HT (10:30 a.m. MT). The course has decided to move tee boxes for the final round, so the yardage will now be 6,463.

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

t-26.

Jenny Coleman

75-73—148

t-26.

Kristin Coleman

76-72—148

t-31.

Jamie Oleksiew

75-74—149

59.

Alexis Keating

87-81—168

60.

Megan Haase

80-92—172

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Bronte Law, UCLA

70-65—135

2.

SooBin Kim, Washington

72-67—139

3.

Cassy Isagawa, Oregon

67-73—140

t-4.

Doris Chen, USC

69-72—141

t-4.

Annie Park, USC

69-72—141

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

Washington

282-286—568

2.

UCLA

283-287—570

3.

USC

284-288—572

4.

Arizona

287-293—580

5.

Stanford

292-289—581

6.

Arizona State

288-294—582

7.

Oregon

282-303—585

8.

California

292-298—590

t-9.

Oregon State

294-312—606

t-9.

Colorado

306-300—606

11.

Washington State

306-303—609

12.

Hawaii

312-302—614

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