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Buffs Conclude Season At NCAA Championships
Release: May 25, 2012
By: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID
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FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Sophomore Alex Stewart went under par Friday and the No. 10 University of Colorado women’s golf team finished 18th at the 2012 NCAA Championships, the program’s first trip to the final tournament of the collegiate season. 

Stewart shot a 1-under par 71 and the Buffs as a team shot an 8-over par 296, its best team score of the four rounds, to finish at 46-over par 1,196 and in sole possession of 18th place.  
No. 2 Alabama won the National Championship, holding off No. 3 Southern California by just one stroke while No. 7 Louisiana State made a run at the title finishing just two strokes behind the Crimson Tide.  Alabama shot a 6-over par 294 in the final round to finish at 19-over par 1,171, just one stroke ahead of Southern California, who shot a final round 5-over par 293 to finish at 20-over par 1,172.  Meanwhile, LSU, who finished about an hour before both those teams, carded an impressive 1-over par 289 in the final round to finish at 21-over par 1,173.  No. 27 Virginia finished fourth at 23-over par 1,175 and No. 25 South Carolina rounded out the top five at 24-over par 1,176.  

“We played with a lot of heart, like we have all season,” CU coach Anne Kelly said.  “It just wasn’t our week.  We would’ve liked to have played better today and better this week, but that’s golf and hopefully we gained some experience for next time and nobody can take away what this team accomplished this season.”

Stewart’s 1-under came with four birdies and three bogeys and is her 10th round under par this season, matching the season record set by senior Jess Wallace last year.  She shot a 10-over par 298 through four rounds and finished tied for 45th individually.  She opened her round with a bogey and then on the par 3, No. 3, she hit a 105-foot putt to get back to even par with a birdie.  She had consecutive bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6 and got back to even par with consecutive birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to close the front nine at even par.  She then pared out the back nine before a birdie on No. 18 to get under par.  She played her final 12 holes at 3-under par.  

“I was a little inconsistent, I wasn’t hitting as good as I wanted, but I was putting pretty well,” Stewart said. “On No. 3, I always try to think I can make any putt, but on that one I just wanted to get good speed on it.  I haven’t played as well as I wanted to this week, but being able to finally put a solid round together is a confidence booster headed into this summer.”

Wallace and senior Emily Talley both closed out their careers Friday.  Talley shot a 2-over par 74 with four bogeys and two birdies.  She finished tied for 38th at 9-over par 297.  She was 2-over par on the front nine and then after a bogey on No. 11 to go to 3-over, she had an impressive birdie on No. 15, a hole she started a stretch of four straight bogeys on in the third round, to get back to 2-over and then pared her final three holes as a collegian.  

“Of course you always want to play better,” Talley said. “I think when you look back at this season; our Regional performance was our national’s this year.  Even just getting to national’s this year is something of an accomplishment.  I was pleased with my first round but the last couple of rounds weren’t so great.  But it’s a tough course and a fantastic field, and it was enough of an awesome experience that way.”

Wallace shot a 4-over par 76 with five bogeys and a birdie, matching her best performance of the week.  She finished tied for 106th at 22-over par 310.  She was 3-over on the front nine and opened the back nine with a birdie, a 2-foot putt that she almost holed out from the fairway for eagle.  She then bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16 before paring her final two holes.  

“We know we didn’t play the way we wanted to and we’re disappointed with our play this week,” Wallace said.  “But this was a great experience for this team and this program.  It also shows that things are going up from here.  This is a great team and the girls coming back are awesome players so it will be fun to keep my eye on them.”

Sophomore Jenny Coleman shot a final round 3-over par 75 to finish tied for 45th at 10-over par 298.  She perhaps could have shot under par in the round if it weren’t for a bad break on the par 3 No. 16.  She almost got a hole-in-one and instead the ball barely missed and then found its way to the water and she got a double bogey.  In the round she matched Stewart’s total with four birdies and also had three bogeys and two double bogeys.  

Sophomore Kristin Coleman shot a 9-over par 81 and finished tied for 113th at 24-over par 312.  She had a bad break on the par 4 No. 15 and took an 8.  She responded to birdie the final hole of her season and other than the No. 15 hole, she was 5-over par on the other 17 holes.  

Oklahoma’s Chirapat Jao-Javanil won the individual national championship, finishing at 6-under par 282 after a 2-under par 70 in the final round.  Alabama’s Brooke Pancake, who pared her last hole to clinch the Crimson Tide’s team championship, finished second at 2-under par 286.  Purdue’s Laura Gonzalez and LSU’s Tessa Teachman finished tied for third at 1-under par 287 while South Carolina’s Katie Burnett finished fifth at even par 288.  

“Our goal this year was to get to the NCAA Championship and compete for it,” Kelly said. “We were just a little off in the end, a couple of shots per player.  But we’ll learn from that.  It’s a sad day because we lose a few seniors and that’s hard, but we’re looking forward to the future.  Everybody is tired, it’s a long week, but I’m proud of this team and the work they put in this year.  You always want to finish better, but we accomplished a lot.”

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

t-38.

Emily Talley

71-76-76-74—297

t-45.

Alex Stewart

75-73-79-71—298

t-45.

Jenny Coleman

76-73-74-75—298

t-106.

Jess Wallace

78-76-80-76—310

t-113.

Kristin Coleman

75-80-76-81—312

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma

69-73-70-70—282

2.

Brooke Pancake, Alabama

68-70-75-73—286

t-3.

Laura Gonzalez, Purdue

67-76-74-70—287

t-3.

Tessa Teachman, LSU

69-74-70-74—287

5.

Katie Burnett, South Carolina

74-67-74-73—288

 

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

Alabama

286-285-306-294—1171

2.

Southern California

297-288-294-293—1172

3.

Louisiana State

293-294-297-289—1173

4.

Virginia

288-294-301-292—1175

5.

South Carolina

302-291-300-293—1176

t-6.

Arizona State

292-294-304-292—1179

t-6.

Oklahoma

294-299-295-291—1179

8.

UCLA

292-290-306-293—1181

9.

Purdue

293-295-295-299—1182

10.

North Carolina

290-292-303-299—1184

11.

Vanderbilt

306-295-311-285—1186

12.

Florida

302-293-297-298—1190

t-13.

Texas

297-295-313-286—1191

t-13.

N.C. State

299-294-305-293—1191

15.

Duke

289-302-301-300—1192

t-16.

Baylor

299-304-300-290—1193

t-16.

Texas A&M

301-298-300-294—1193

18.

Colorado

297-298-305-296—1196

19.

Tennessee

300-307-307-286—1200

20.

Michigan State

296-311-294-300—1201

21.

Pepperdine

306-293-304-301—1204

22.

Ohio State

303-307-305-296—1211

23.

Arkansas

303-301-309-301—1214

24.

Stanford

309-304-307-296—1216


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