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CU Closes Fall With 11th Place Finish At Pac-12 Preview
Release: November 05, 2013
By: Marlee Horn, Assistant SID
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KONA, Hawaii – The University of Colorado women’s golf team wrapped up the fall season here Tuesday with an 11th place finish at the inaugural Pac-12 Preview. The No. 42 ranked Buffaloes faced stiff competition, with eight of the 12 teams ranked in the Golfweek (Oct. 30) top 25.  

The Buffs struggled to find a rhythm in the final round of play, finishing with a score of 47-over par 923 (306, 300, 317). CU was just one stroke off remaining tied for ninth place as Oregon State and Washington State shot 46-over par 922s. In the final day of play, the course decided to move tee boxes, increasing the yardage at the par-73 Nanea Golf Club from 6,112 to 6,463.

“I definitely think there’s signs of some very good play in our team,” CU head coach Anne Kelly said of her team’s fall season. “We have good players, we just haven’t put it all together or had four scores count together at the same time that we’re capable of. We’ve got some work to do in the off-season, but they’re definitely a talented group. We’ve got to go out there and prove it.”

Showing the difficulty of the course and the strength of the field, just one stroke separated the top two teams and only the top four finished under par. USC (ranked No. 2 in the latest Golfweek rankings) climbed two spots to win the team title with a 15-under par 861 (284, 288, 289). Top-ranked UCLA remained the runner-up after shooting a 14-under par 862. Washington (ranked fourth), fell from the top spot to third place after shooting 9-over par 301 in the final round for a total of 7-under par 869. No. 8 Arizona State jumped one spot to complete the top five with a 5-over par 881.

Senior Kristin Coleman set herself apart in the final round, climbing four spots to tie for 22nd. Coleman had Colorado’s best second and third round performances, finishing with a score of 4-over par 223 (76-72-75). She led the Buffs with nine total birdies (three each round), and was the only golfer to birdie on the par-4 389-yard No. 3 in the final round. She also showed great improvement on the 10th hole (par-4, 379 yards), shooting a birdie in the third round after hitting bogeys on that hole in the previous rounds. With the tie at 22nd place, Coleman has now had two top 25 performances this season, including an eighth place finish at the Branch Law/Dick McGuire Invitational.

“I’m proud of Kristin,” Kelly said. “She had a very good tournament. In this field, she had a good finish. Today they stretched the course out and it made it much more difficult, and she handled the conditions very well.”

Twin sister Jenny Coleman wasn’t far behind, tying for 33rd. Though she had some difficulties in the final round, shooting six bogeys, Coleman made at least 12 pars each round to help her to a final score of 8-over par 227 (75, 73-79).  

Sophomore Jamie Oleksiew fell six spots from the second to third round to tie for 37th. Oleksiew shot a 10-over par 229 (75, 74, 80). Though she had her worst round on Tuesday (7-over par 80), there were some highlights in the final round. Oleksiew shot for par on the par-4 hole 5 she had first bogeyed, then double bogeyed on in Monday’s opening rounds and hit a birdie on the par-4 346-yard No. 16 (after double bogeying in the first round and shooting for par in the second).

Sophomores Alexis Keating and Megan Haase were unable to make any big moves in the final round, remaining at 59th and 60th, respectively. Keating shot a 32-over par 251 (87-81-83). On Tuesday, Keating had her second round with three double bogeys, but also shot for par or better on 10 holes (her tournament best in a single round). After a rough 19-over par 92 in the second round, Hasse trimmed six strokes for her final round to finish with a 39-over par 258 (80-92-86). 

Twelve golfers at the Pac-12 Preview were individually ranked, so it’s no surprise there were a few shake-ups, with just two strokes separating the top five. After starting the tournament tied for eighth, UCLA’s Bronte Law held down the top spot in the final two rounds. Despite shooting 3-over par 76 in the final round, her impressive second round score of 8-under par 65 helped her to a total of 8-under par 211. Finishing Monday tied for fourth, USC’s Annie Park (ranked 19th according to Golfweek) moved up to claim second place with a total of 7-under par 212 (69, 72, 71). Teammate Sophia Popov (No. 12) and Arizona State’s Monica Vaughn (who moved up 10 spots) each jumped into the top five for a three-way tie for third with Oregon’s Cassy Isagawa at 6-under par 213s.  

The Pac-12 Preview was the Buffs’ final tournament of the fall season. CU will begin spring play in February 2014 with the Peg Barnard Invitational.

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

t-22.

Kristin Coleman

76-72-75—223

t-33.

Jenny Coleman

75-73-79—227

t-37.

Jamie Oleksiew

75-74-80—229

59.

Alexis Keating

87-81-83—251

60.

Megan Haase

80-92-86—258

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Bronte Law, UCLA

70-65-76—211

2.

Annie Park, USC

69-72-71—212

t-3.

Cassy Isagawa, Oregon

67-73-73—213

t-3.

Sophia Popov, USC

70-72-71—213

t-3.

Monica Vaughn, Arizona State

70-74-69—213








TEAM STANDINGS

1.

USC

284-288-289—861

2.

UCLA

283-287-292—862

3.

Washington

282-286-301—869

4.

Arizona State

288-294-292—874

5.

Oregon

282-303-296—881

6.

Stanford

292-289-302—883

7.

Arizona

287-293-304—884

8.

California

292-298-312—902

t-9.

Oregon State

294-312-316—922

t-9.

Washington State

306-303-313—922

11.

Colorado

306-300-317—923

12.

Hawaii

312-302-319—933



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