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By: CUBuffs.com
Buffs Sixth After First Round At Pac-12 Championships
Release: April 27, 2012
By: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID
PULLMAN, Wash.—Sophomore Jenny Coleman is in second place and the No. 11 University of Colorado women’s golf team battled some wind and cool temperatures during the first round of the 2012 Pac-12 Championships and sit in sixth place.  But after a 20-over par 308, the Buffs are just four strokes out of second place here at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club.

“It was kind of a tough day weather wise,” CU coach Anne Kelly said. “It was cold and the wind was blowing pretty hard, it reminded me of a typical day at the Big 12 Championships.”

No. 5 Arizona State leads the way after shooting an 11-over par 299 on the par 72, 6,200-yard course, the only team that broke the 300 barrier, as top-ranked UCLA is second at 16-over par 304.  No. 3 Southern California and No. 13 California are tied for third at 18-over par 306 while No. 21 Oregon (19-over par 307) is fifth, just one stroke ahead of the Buffs as teams two through six are just four strokes apart.

“We’re right in the mix,” Kelly said. “Arizona State had one golfer with a really good round, and otherwise they would be bunched with the rest of us.  I feel like most players shot between 74 and 78.”

The Buffs were in the lead about mid-way through the first round, and were see-sawing between the top spot and as low as eighth throughout the round.  

“Tee to green, I thought we played very well,” Kelly said. “We had a few putting issues.  But we didn’t get much of a practice round in, maybe four or five holes worth yesterday, and we haven’t played in a competition in a month.  We have some really good players on this team and I think they’ll respond tomorrow.  In fact, I think tomorrow everybody will play better, be more used to the course and greens.”

Coleman led the way for Colorado with a 2-over par 74 with a very consistent round of 14 pars, one birdie and three bogeys.  She is in a three-way tie for second place behind only Arizona State’s Giulia Molinaro, who shot a 1-under par 71.  Coleman opened the round with her only birdie on the par 5 No. 10 and easily had the fewest bogeys of any CU player the rest of the way with three.

“I played pretty steady,” Coleman said. “I was getting good drives and hitting the greens, and giving myself good putts.  The conditions were tough, but they’re tough for everybody, you just have to deal with it and do the best you can, get through it.”

“Jenny played very well,” Kelly said. “She was consistent, tee to green.  A 74 in these conditions is very good.  I felt like par was 75 or 76 with the wind and temperature.”

Each of the other four Buffs shot 6-over 78 and are tied for 25th after one round.  In fact, 49 of the 55 players in the field are within seven strokes of each other after shooting between a 74 and a 81 in the first round.

Sophomore Kristin Coleman had 12 pars and six bogeys to get to her 78 and after she was 4-over through nine, she shot her final nine holes at 2-over, matching her sister for the best back nine of and CU player.  

Sophomore Alex Stewart and seniors Emily Talley and Jess Wallace each had two birdies apiece, Wallace having eight bogeys and Stewart and Talley each having six bogeys and one double bogey in their respective rounds.  

Talley and Wallace were both 2-over on their front nine, the back nine of the course, and 4-over on their back nine, while Stewart was 3-over on both her front and back nine.  Talley did hit another CU milestone as she played in her 128th career round, tying her with Dominique Pytlewski for the most in program history.  

First round leader Molinaro is ranked the No. 6 player nationally by Golfstat and Jenny Coleman is tied with two other top 10 players in UCLA’s Evrnne Lee (No. 2) and USC’s Lisa McCloskey (No. 9), and ahead of two other top 10 and four other top 20 players.  Washington State’s Emma Betland and Washington SooBin Kim are tied for fifth one stroke behind Coleman and Co., shooting a 3-over 75.  

Play continues Saturday with the second round and in sixth place, the Buffs will begin play on the first tee between 8:30 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. PT, alongside Oregon.  

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

t-2.

Jenny Coleman

74

t-25.

Kristin Coleman

78

t-25.

Alex Stewart

78

t-25.

Emily Talley

78

t-25.

Jessica Wallace

78

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Giulia Molinaro, Arizona State

71

t-2.

Jennifer Coleman, Colorado

74

t-2.

Erynne Lee, UCLA

74

t-2.

Lisa McCloskey, USC

74

t-5.

Emma Betland, Washington St.

75

t-5.

SooBin Kim, Washington

75

 

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

Arizona State

299

2.

UCLA

304

t-3.

Southern California

306

t-3.

California

306

5.

Oregon

307

6.

Colorado

308

7.

Washington State

312

t-8.

Arizona

315

t-8.

Washington

315

10.

Oregon State

317

11.

Stanford

320

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