CORVALLIS, Ore. – A rough final day at the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships kept the No. 47 University of Colorado in 11th place. Just one Buffalo had a final round in the 70s, as the team finished 63-over par 927 (301-304-322).
With the conference’s top six teams ranked in the Golfstat (4/23) top 11, and all but two teams in the in the top 50, the championship was one of CU’s most challenging tournaments of the year. The Buffs had three straight top 8 finishes entering the conference championships, but matched its season-high 72-hole scorecard to end the month of April.
“We had a bad day today, worst one of the year,” CU head coach Anne Kelly said. “It was a bit surprising because it seemed this morning everyone was determined to improve despite rainy and windy weather conditions. Not much went our way today, but golf can be like that sometimes. We are disappointed, but we can’t let a bad day or a bad tournament take away from the improvement this team has made from last year and the improvement especially this spring.”
Stanford, Golfstat’s ninth ranked team, jumped two spots on the final day to take the team title with a 5-over par 869 score. No. 11 Arizona and No. 1 Southern California tied for second with 6-over par 870s. Holding the top spot through the first two rounds, No. 2 UCLA slipped to fourth place with a 7-over par 871. No. 6 Arizona State was a distant fifth at 19-over par 883.
Senior twins Jenny and Kristin Coleman tied for 39th with 13-over par 229s at the 6,256-yard, par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club. Jenny Coleman, a 2014 All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection, was the only Buff to shoot a round in the 70s, marking the 113th of her career (ranking second-best in CU program history). She struggled to begin her final round, making just four pars and having five bogeys on her front nine. She had a much better finish, having her strongest back nine of the tournament, making eight pars, including six in a row. Coleman holds the school record with 1,476 pars.
Kristin started the tournament with her best round of the year, and the fifth best 18-hole score in program history at a conference tournament. Her strong first round showing helped her to a score of 148 through 36 holes (which ranks seventh for a Buff at a conference tourney). She had her biggest challenge in the final round. As with her sister, she had a rough start, making six bogeys on her front nine. She began her back nine with three more bogeys on her first five holes, but finished the tournament with four consecutive pars.
Sophomore Jamie Oleksiew, who had the Buffs’ best second round, finished tied for 50th with a 17-over par 238 (78-72-81). Oleksiew had one of CU’s better starts on Sunday, beginning the final round with three pars and a birdie, but had four bogeys on her final five holes on the front nine. She ended the round with five pars, two bogeys and two double bogeys.
Classmate Alexis Keating tied for 53rd at 22-over par 238, having back-to-back rounds with a score of 80. Keating made 12 pars in the final round, but also had five bogeys and a double bogey. In the first conference tournament of her career, freshman Natalie Vivaldi finished one place back from Keating at 28-over par 244. Vivaldi was the only Buff to have two birdies in the final round, but unfortunately also had nine bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.
The nation’s top ranked golfer, UCLA’s Alison Lee, took home the individual title at 5-under par 211. Arizona’s Lindsey Weaver finished second at 2-under par 214, while USC’s Doris Chen was third at 1-under par 215. Arizona State’s Noemi Jimenez shot an even par 216 for fourth. Teammate Monica Vaughn and UCLA’s Louise Ridderstrom tied for fifth at 1-over par 217.
The Buffs now await their postseason fate. The 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships selections will be announced live on Monday, April 28. The show will air live from 4 to 5 p.m. MT on the Golf Channel and its website.
“The players have worked hard and we are in position for an NCAA bid,” Kelly said. “We will see how badly this finish hurts us after tomorrow’s NCAA selection. I certainly hope we get to play in Regionals, because this is the type of team that when they get more experience and get things going can play some impressive golf.”
|TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS|
|1.||Alison Lee, UCLA||70-72-69-211|
|2.||Lindsey Weaver, Arizona||68-72-74-214|
|3.||Doris Chen, USC||74-70-71-215|
|4.||Noemi Jimenez, ASU||73-70-73-216|
|t-5.||Monica Vaughn, ASU||70-76-71-217|
|t-5.||Louise Ridderstrom, UCLA||69-74-74-217|