BOULDER—Senior Emily Talley and sophomore Alex Stewart were both named Honorable Mention All-Americans by GolfWeek Monday, becoming the first two golfers in University of Colorado women’s golf history to earn such honors from that publication.
Talley was also named honorable mention All-America by the NGCA at the conclusion of the 2012 NCAA Championships, which was the first All-America honor in program history, thus Stewart becomes the second All-American in program history. The NGCA award is based on Golfstat rankings and in an apparent flaw in the system, Stewart was overlooked because she was ill and withdrew from the second round of the NCAA West Regional, taking a loss to the entire field with how the system works. Golfweek essentially throws the entire tournament out if a player withdraws from an event.
In the Golfweek rankings, Stewart finished the 2011-12 campaign as the No. 35 ranked player nationally with a rating of 72.31. In 11 events, she had an overall head-to-head record of 682-215-26 (.753) and had 21 wins over top 25 players.
The highlight of her season was winning the Allstate Sugar Bowl, as she came back from eight strokes down in the final round to earn her first medalist honor in what Golfweek ranked the 11th-toughest field out of 250-plus events played all season. She was named the Golfweek Player of the Week after the comeback in the field which included six of the top 10 players in the final Golfweek rankings, including Player of the Year Lindy Duncan from Duke.
Stewart finished the season with a 73.81 stroke average, second-best in CU history, and she set a new standard for stroke average in the spring season with an average of 73.54. She had three top 5 finishes and six top 10 finishes. She had 14 rounds at or under par in 36 played on the season with two rounds in the 60s and her round counted toward the team score in 34 of those 36 rounds (94.4 percent).
Talley finished her season in the Golfweek rankings at No. 46 with a rating of 72.51. In 12 tournaments, she compiled a 820-192-34 record, and had 21 wins over Top 25 players and was over .500 against Top 100 players with a mark of 147-135-26.
She holds many of CU’s career records and her final season stroke average of 73.97 is the fourth best in program history (she also holds the No. 2 spot) and her spring stroke average of 73.60 is second best on the books just .04 behind Stewart, as the two were separated by just three strokes over 25 rounds in the spring.
Talley finished the season with two top 5 finishes, four top 10 and eight top 20s and she’s CU’s career record holder for all three categories. She had three rounds in the 60s, matching the school record, and six total subpar rounds and 10 rounds at or under par on the season. She had her round count toward team scoring in 36 of 37 rounds (97.3 percent) and also set the CU season record with 34 rounds in the 70s and in 37 rounds she was the only CU golfer this year not to post a score in the 80s.
Talley also won an event Sunday as she is traveling in Europe early this summer. She took medalist honors in the Norgescup at Notteroy in Borgheim, Norway. Talley carded a 75-72—147 to win by two strokes. Her final round even par 72 matched the best in the field for either round and she got there with 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey.
Talley plans to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, which will be held this year in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6-12. After that, she plans to turn professional perhaps at the Canadian Women’s Open in Vancouver August 20-26. After that, she will head to Florida for LPGA Qualifying School with Stage I set for Sept. 4-7 in Daytona Beach.
Stewart will also stay busy this summer attempting to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Am before heading back to Boulder for her junior season.
Senior Jess Wallace has already turned professional and has a busy summer planned after she finishes up school early this summer. She will caravan to the northeast and play in a few Symetra Tour, formerly known as the FUTURES Tour, events in late July in New Hampshire and New York before making her way down to Stage II of the Q-School Oct. 9-12 in Venice, Fla.