NAPA, Calif. – Senior Jenny Coleman recorded her second consecutive 68 to help the University of Colorado move up one more position to finish in eighth place at the inaugural Silverado Showdown here Tuesday. The co-host Buffaloes were just ten strokes away from cracking into the top five, shooting 32-over par 896 (301-299-296) at the Silverado Resort and Spa.
As they did after Monday’s first 36 holes, Pac-12 schools continued to dominate the tournament, claiming five of the top six spots in the final standings. Golfstat’s (4/9) 11th-ranked team, Washington, was the only team to finish under par, shooting 3-under par 861 to earn the team title. Top-ranked Southern California was the runner-up at 10-over par 874. No. 20 Northwestern was just two strokes behind at 12-over par 876. Oregon State finished fourth at 19-over par 883, while Arizona and tournament co-host Oregon, ranked ninth and 34th, respectively, tied for fifth with 22-over par 886s.
“You just never know with golf,” CU head coach Anne Kelly said of the Buffs’ slow start. “Sometimes you start out well and fizzle out at the finish. I’m proud of the whole team in general that they had a good finish to the day. It was a good score for us. I still don’t think we’ve hit on all cylinders yet, but I’m looking forward to that opportunity.”
Jenny Coleman had a career performance, finishing just three strokes off the lead at 6-under par 210 (74-68-68) at the 6,196-yard, par-72 course. The performance was the seventh top five finish of Coleman’s career, and her third of 2014. Coleman is now tied for second in career top five finishes at CU. Her 210 scorecard also ties Emily Childs (2008) for the third lowest at a 54-hole, par-72 tournament.
Though Coleman began the tournament at 20th after shooting 2-over par 74, she posted back-to-back 4-under par 68s to jump 17 positions between the first to third rounds. At Emily Talley’s home course, Coleman tied the former CU All-American’s record for career rounds in the 60s with seven. With three rounds in the 60s in 2014, two at the Silverado Showdown and one in March’s Clover Cup, she also ties the school season record. Coleman joins Alex Stewart as the only Buffs to have back-to-back rounds in the 60s and is the only Buff to do so in a single tournament.
Coleman began the third round with a bogey on the 344-yard, par-4 No. 8, but made five birdies and 12 pars down the stretch. Coleman recorded 15 birdies in the tournament, just three shy of the program mark set by Emily Childs at the 2008 Heather Farr Classic. With 321 birdies in her career, Coleman has 55 more birdies than any other player in CU history. Coleman has made at least 13 birdies in a single tournament on five separate occasions.
“It was a slow start to the day, but we definitely got going, kind of sparked by Jenny,” Kelley said. “She really played solid golf these past two days – just like a TOUR pro. I told her after the round, those 68-68 would definitely make her some money on TOUR. It was that kind of finish. She played really well.
“Her game just keeps maturing. She’s always been a smart player, and she’s becoming a smarter player. She understands how far she hits her clubs, when to go for a pin, when not to, how to lay up to good yardage and she got her putter rolling this week, which was fun to see.”
Sophomore Alexis Keating and senior Kristin Coleman tied for 40th at 13-over par 229s. Keating had the second-best third round performance for the Buffs, shooting 3-over par 75. Keating hit a few speed bumps with a double bogey on the 365-yard, par-4 No. 12 and bogeys on Nos. 2 and 4, but made seven straight pars and went par or better on her final four holes. Coleman had her most challenging round on the final day, going 10-over par 82 in the third round. Though she made five birdies in the first two rounds, she couldn’t manage any on Tuesday. Coleman made two double bogeys and six bogeys, but made some headway with 10 pars.
Freshman Natalie Vivaldi had her best performance in the final round, shooting 4-over par 76. Vivaldi tied for 56th overall with an 18-over par 234. She had a rough start, making three bogeys, but made five pars and a birdie on her next six holes. Vivaldi had three more bogeys to end the day, but also made her second birdie and five more pars.
Matching her first round score of 5-over par 77, sophomore Jamie Oleksiew tied for 65th with a 22-over par 238 finish. Oleksiew also had a challenging start to the day, going over par on four of her first six holes, but she had three birdies and seven pars to end the tournament.
The top three golfers impressed, with each having two rounds in the 60s. Washington’s SooBin Kim jumped two spots to claim the individual title, finishing 9-under par 207. Facing her biggest challenge in the third round, Arizona’s Lindsey Weaver (Golfstat’s 17th ranked golfer) was just one stroke behind at 8-under par 208 to take second. CU’s Jenny Coleman was three strokes off the lead at 6-under par 210, while San Jose State’s Regan De Guzman was close behind at 5-under par 211. New Mexico’s Manon DeRoey moved two spots into the top five, shooting 2-under 214.
Next up, the Buffs head to Corvallis, Ore. for the Pac-12 Championships from April 25-27.
“Right now I think we have six or seven teams in the top 25,” Kelly said of the Pac-12. “It’s a great conference, and (the championships) are a good tune-up. We’ve got to be on our games. We just need to keep playing solid golf and take it a shot at a time and reduce our mental mistakes.”
|TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS|
|1.||SooBin Kim, Washington||68-71-68—207|
|2.||Lindsey Weaver, Arizona||69-67-72—208|
|3.||Jenny Coleman, Colorado||74-68-68—210|
|4.||Regan De Guzman, San Jose State||67-71-73—211|
|5.||Manon DeRoey, New Mexico||74-69-71—214|
|7.||San Jose State||298-296-300—894|
|15.||San Diego State||311-304-314—929|