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Womenís Golf Finishes Seventh At Northrop Grumman
Release: February 15, 2012
By: CUBuffs.com
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PALOS VERDES, Calif.—The No. 23 University of Colorado women’s golf team survived some tough conditions to finish seventh here Wednesday at the 2012 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.  After shooting a 20-over par 304 in the final round, the Buffs finish the 54-hole event at 50-over par 902.   

Top ranked UCLA won the event by 12 strokes with a 54-hole total of 18-over par 870.  No. 4 Southern California took second at 30-over par 882, while No. 34 Pepperdine finished third at 35-over par 887.  With No. 8 Arizona State finishing fourth at 39-over par 891, which gave the Pac-12 three of the top four teams.  No. 18 Duke rounded out the top five at 45-over par with host and No. 12 Ohio State finishing one stroke ahead of the Buffaloes in sixth place at 49-over par 901, giving the Pac-12 four of the top seven teams. 

“There are a lot of good signs with this team,” CU coach Anne Kelly said. “There are a lot of good, quality shots being executed.  We still need to get rid of the big numbers, double bogeys and higher, and in general we can all putt a little better.  But these two tournaments the past 10 days were a great start to our spring.”

CU’s seventh place finish out of the 15 teams in attendance is even more impressive given the strength of the tournament.  It was announced at the awards ceremony that Golfweek will rank this as the highest quality field of any tournament in the country this season (fall and spring).  Of the 15 teams in the field, all were ranked in the top 43 nationally with three top 10 and seven top 20 teams.  The Buffs in seventh finished ahead of three teams ranked higher than they are and behind just one ranked lower.  

Furthermore, CU basically holding its same placement from the day before is even more impressive given the Buffs closed out their rounds on hole Nos. 4-7.  Further complicating that was the fact that what was a breezy day turned to rain right as teams went down the home stretch.  

“We finished our day on the hardest holes with the more difficult weather conditions,” Kelly said. “To know we weren’t losing ground on everybody finishing on those holes with that weather, it’s a good accomplishment, especially in this field.”

“It was definitely more difficult today,” senior Emily Talley added. “The pins were tougher, they rolled the greens, it was windy and the round ended with quite a bit of rain on our final few holes.”

Tally led the Buffaloes in the final round, shooting a 2-over par 73 to finish 8-over par 221 through 54 holes and tied for 10th place individually.  Talley bogeyed three of her first six holes before responding with two birdies and seven pars in the next nine holes before one more bogey in her second to last hole.  Her final par was on No. 1, a hole she had double bogeyed in the first round.  

“Throughout the round, I was maintaining a lot of pars and making some good putts,” Talley said. “I made a 40-foot birdie putt.  Then I stuck it on No. 1 and was able to get another birdie before finishing out the round.”

The 10th place finish is her second of the season and 17th of her career, six more than any other golfer in CU history.  It’s also her second straight top 20 finish and 26th of her career.  

“All the scores went up today,” Talley said. “One girl had a great day, but there weren’t a lot of low 70s out there.  I was able to move up into the top 10 and finish out strong because of that.”

Sophomore Alex Stewart closed out her final round at 4-over par 75 and finished the tournament at 12-over par 225 and tied for 23rd.  She had five bogeys through her first 16 holes before getting a birdie on the Par 4 No. 3, her second to last hole of the round.  

“Alex had a text book finish,” Kelly said. “She birdied her 17th hole (No. 3) and got a par on her last hole (No. 4), two very difficult holes.”  

Senior Jessica Wallace finished her final round at 8-over par 79 with four bogeys and five pars on both her front and back nine.  Overall, she finished at 14-over par 227 and tied for 31st.  

Sophomore twins Jenny and Kristin Coleman, not yet 100 percent recovering from being sick, both ended the tournament tied for 55th with 54-hole totals of 24-over par 237.  Kristin Coleman finished the final round at 6-over par 77 with seven bogeys and a birdie.  Jenny Coleman finished her final round at 11-over par 82 which included an eight on the Par 4 No. 18, and otherwise she was 7-over par on the other 17 holes.  

Next up for the Buffaloes is a week off before heading to New Orleans at the end of the month to play in the 2012 All State Sugar Bowl, hosted by Tulane at the English Turn Country Club.  Action starts on Sunday, Feb. 26 and continues through Tuesday, Feb. 28.  

“We’ll get caught up in school and hope for some warmer temperatures so we can get outside,” Kelly said. “Hopefully our practice facility will be done, soon, as well, so we can get in there and get some short game work done.” 

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

t-10.

Emily Talley

78-70-73—221

t-23.

Alex Stewart

77-73-75—225

t-31.

Jessica Wallace

74-74-79—227

t-55.

Jenny Coleman

74-81-82—237

t-55.

Kristin Coleman

82-78-77—237

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Lindy Duncan, Duke

69-71-70—210

2.

Sopha Popov, USC

74-73-67—214

3.

Evynne Lee, UCLA

72-69-75—216

4.

Tiffany Lua, UCLA

71-71-75—217

5.

Alina Ching, Pepperdine

71-74-73—218

 

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

UCLA

284-286-300—870

2.

Southern California

297-291-294—882

3.

Pepperdine

300-292-295—887

4.

Arizona State

302-295-294—891

5.

Duke

292-302-303—897

6.

Ohio State

296-302-303—901

7.

Colorado

303-295-304—902

8.

Denver

295-313-300—908

9.

Michigan State

302-297-315—914

10.

Florida State

296-309-310—915

11.

Oregon

304-300-314—918

12.

Florida

302-308-312—922

13.

Oklahoma

310-310-311—931

14.

UC Davis

312-300-323—935

15.

Wake Forest

310-314-313—937


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