CORVALLIS, Ore. – Sophomore Jamie Oleksiew shot an even par as the No. 47 University of Colorado slipped one spot on the second day of the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships. The Buffaloes are in 11th place, holding a 29-over par 605 (301-304) scorecard.
“We had a tough day,” CU head coach Anne Kelly said. “The bright spot was a strong finish by Jamie Oleksiew. She birdied three of her last five holes. We continued to struggle with putting – too many 3-putts. Tomorrow we have a chance to move up in the standings. This team is capable of firing a strong last round and it would be a good way to finish up the championship.”
UCLA, the second ranked team according to Golfstat (4/23), retained the top spot at 3-under par 573. No. 11 Arizona is the only other team under par, at 2-under par 574. No. 9 Stanford and No. 1 Southern California sit at third and fourth, shooting 1-over par 577 and 2-over par 578, respectively. No. 8 Washington rounds out the top five at 7-over par 583.
With the conference’s top six teams ranked in the Golfstat top 11, and all but two teams in the in the top 50, the championship is full of stiff competition. The bottom five teams are separated by just nine strokes.
There was no hail storm to delay play as it did on the first day of competition, though conditions were cool and windy and it rained for about 15 minutes here Saturday.
Having the best round of her senior season to open the championships, Kristin Coleman had a more challenging second day. Coleman is tied for 23rd with a 4-over par 148 scorecard at the 6,256-yard, par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club. Her 71 in the first round ties for the fifth lowest 18-hole score in program history at a conference tournament, while her 148 through 36 holes ranks seventh. Coleman now has 92 rounds in the 70s, ranking fourth-best at CU.
Though she bogeyed on the her first hole, the 347-yard, par-4 No. 10, Coleman made four straight pars and, for the second consecutive round, made a birdie on the 509-yard, par-5 No. 15. Coleman hit a rough patch to end her front nine and begin her back nine, having five bogeys on her next six holes. She had a stronger finish, having four pars and a birdie on her final six.
Jamie Oleksiew had the Buffs’ best second round, shooting an even par 72. Oleksiew jumped 19 spots between the first and second rounds. She is currently tied for 32nd at 6-over par 150. Her scorecard through 36 holes ranks in CU’s all-time top 11 at a conference tournament.
Oleksiew had five pars to begin the round, but was set back by a double bogey on the No. 15. She trimmed a stroke on her next, making a birdie on the No. 16. She went over par just two more times, making bogeys on the Nos. 17 and 2. She went par or better on her final seven holes. She made birdies on the 488-yard, par-5 No. 5 and the 361-yard, par-4 No. 6, which she had previously bogeyed on, and the No. 8.
Senior Jenny Coleman, who’s competing in her program record-tying 46th event, is tied for 38th at 4-over par 151 (75-76). Coleman had a rough start, making a bogey and a double bogey on two of her first four holes. She then had a birdie, three pars and a bogey to end her front nine. Coleman had three more bogeys, on the Nos. 3, 7 and 9, but helped minimize the damage with back-to-back birdies on the Nos. 4 and 5. Coleman continues to extend her program records at CU, with 325 birdies and 1,464 pars.
In the first conference tournament of her career, freshman Natalie Vivaldi is tied for 53rd at 12-over par 156 (77-79). Vivaldi had 12 pars, but also made five bogeys and a double bogey. Sophomore Alexis Keating struggled in the second round, and is in 55th place with a 14-over par 158. She had nine bogeys, including four in a row on the front nine and four on her final five holes. Keating managed one birdie and had eight pars.
Arizona’s Lindsey Weaver (Golfstat’s No. 13 golfer) and UCLA’s Erynne Lee (No. 16) are tied for first with 4-under par 140s. No. 10 Annie Park of USC is in third at 3-under par 141, while the nation’s top ranked individual, UCLA’s Annie Park is in fourth at 2-under par 142. Arizona State’s Noemi Jimenez and UCLA’s Louise Ridderstrom complete the top five at 1-under par 143.
The conference tournament concludes Sunday at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.
|TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS|
|t-1.||Lindsey Weaver, Arizona||68-72—140|
|t-1.||Erynne Lee, UCLA||69-71—140|
|3.||Annie Park, USC||70-71—141|
|4.||Alison Lee, UCLA||70-72—142|
|t-5.||Noemi Jimenez, ASU||73-70—143|
|t-5.||Louise Ridderstrom, UCLA||69-74—143|