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By: CUBuffs.com
Buffs Win Anuenue Spring Break Challenge
Release: March 27, 2012
By: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID
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MAUI, Hawai’i—The No. 11 University of Colorado women’s golf team recorded more history Tuesday by winning the 2012 Anuenue Spring Break Challenge, hosted by the University of Hawai’i here at The Bay Course at Kapalua.  For the first time in program history, the Buffs have won back-to-back events.  

The Buffs hung on to defeat No. 15 California by two strokes and No. 13 Tennessee by three strokes with some tense moments down the stretch on the par 72, 6,022-yard course.  The Bears and Vols both shot final round scores of 12-over par 300, one stroke better than the Buffs final round 13-over par 301.  CU finished the event at 25-over par 889 with Cal (27-over 891) and Tennessee (28-over 892) right on its heels.  No. 36 Mississippi finished fourth at 38-over par 902 with Texas-San Antonio rounding out the top five at 49-over par 913.  

“It was pretty tight but we pulled it out,” CU head coach Anne Kelly said. “It was an exciting day for sure.  It was very windy today; even more so than yesterday, and the scores went up overall.  The greens dried out a little faster today and the hole locations were a little tougher.”

Colorado also won the 2012 Clover Cup earlier this month and now have a string of three events finishing in the top two, easily the best run during the spring in program history and arguably overall.  To start the 2010-11 season, the Buffs had two wins, one second and one third place finish over the first four events of the season.  Prior to this season, the Buffs best spring run was last season when they opened the spring with five consecutive top five finishes.  Unlike the Clover Cup which the Buffs won by a school record 31 strokes, Tuesday’s 2-stroke victory was much more in doubt headed into the final round.

“It was definitely more exciting this week,” Kelly said. “This was a good field, and we maybe didn’t play our best today, but we played tough coming in.  It’s just fun for everybody, coaches and players.  This is why we put in all the hard work. Both types of wins are great experiences for this team, to have to fight for it is just another good experience.”

CU’s win is its ninth in CU history and third this season, joining the Clover Cup and the Edean Ihlandfelt Invitational in the fall, marking the first time CU has won three events in one season.  CU has won five of its nine events in the past two seasons; the only two times CU has won multiple events in a season.  

Sophomore Jenny Coleman finished third, her career-best finish, with a final round 3-over par 75 to finish at 4-over par 220, matching her second best 54-hole total.  She finished the final round with two birdies and five bogeys.  It’s her second top five and fourth top 10 finish both this season and in her career.  It’s also her second consecutive top 10 finish after she finished tied for sixth at the Clover Cup and she is just the 11th golfer in CU history to earn consecutive top 10 finishes.  

“My round today was pretty good,” Coleman said. “The conditions were definitely harder, the pins were in tougher spots, but overall I played well this whole week.  The wind was a factor both days, it was a little windier today, but I think overall it was a harder day because of the pin positions.”

Senior Jess Wallace was in contention and was tied with Coleman in third place when she had a lost ball on No. 16, carding an 8 on the Par 4 hole.  She still finished tied for 12th at 8-over par 224 after a final round 7-over par 79.  It’s her second straight top 20 finish after she won the Clover Cup and her 13th career top 20 finish.  

“Jess hit a drive on 16, it’s the hardest hole on the course, and it looked like she hit it right,” Kelly said.  “We went up there and nobody could find it so she took a lost ball, which was really unfortunate.”

Sophomore Alex Stewart had the best final round for the Buffaloes at 1-over par 73, which was the second-best round in the field, and finished tied for eighth at 7-over par 223.  It’s her third straight top 10 finish and fifth of the season, which is tied for the third-longest streak in school history behind Wallace and teammate Emily Talley.  

Talley finished her final round at 5-over par 77 and in 14th place at 9-over par 225.  It’s her 29th career top 20 finish and team-leading sixth of the season, matching the seventh best mark in school history.  She now has at least six top 20 finishes in each of her four seasons and her 29 career finishes are nine more than anybody else in program history. 

Sophomore Kristin Coleman shot a 4-over par 76 in the final round, scoring for the team, and finished tied for 36th at 18-over par 234.  She finished her final round with two birdies and through 13 holes in her round was 1-over par.  For the second-straight event, she came through in the final round to secure the Buffs victory.  

“Kristin has been working on those changes in her game and it’s starting to come together,” Kelly said. “I didn’t think she putted as well as she can or wanted to, but she’s making progress and getting close.  We needed her round to count today and she came through.”

Senior Taylor Doyle, playing individually, shaved another two strokes off her scorecard and finished the final round at 5-over par 77 to finish the event tied for 55th at 26-over par 242.

The Buffs have added a date to play against Colorado State at Colorado National Golf Club on April 15.  After that, the Buffs will head to Pullman, Wash., where Washington State will host the Pac-12 Championships April 27-29.  Colorado then plays host to the 2012 NCAA West Regional at Colorado National May 10-12.  (to volunteer, visit www.cubuffs.com/golfvolunteers). 

“We have a little break here, it’s just how the schedule worked out,” Kelly said. “It will be a good thing to get caught up in school, we’ll play Pac-12s and then will turn around pretty quick after that with regional’s, so we’ll get caught up in school and then get after it again.” 

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

3.

Jenny Coleman

74-71-75—220

t-8.

Alex Stewart

76-74-73—223

t-12.

Jess Wallace

73-72-79—224

14.

Emily Talley

76-72-77—225

t-36.

Kristin Coleman

80-78-76—234

t-55.

Taylor Doyle

86-79-77—242

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Daniela Holmqvist, California

68-70-76—214

2.

Alina Ching, Pepperdine

69-72-77—218

3.

Jenny Coleman, Colorado

74-71-75—220

t-4.

Haley Milsap, Mississippi

75-73-73—221

t-4.

A.J. Newell, Tennessee

72-73-76—221

 

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

Colorado

299-289-301—889

2.

California

295-296-300—891

3.

Tennessee

299-293-300—892

4.

Mississippi

300-294-308—902

5.

Texas-San Antonio

308-302-303—913

6.

Pepperdine

298-307-314—919

t-7.

Oregon

314-298-308—920

t-7.

Oregon State

305-300-315—920

9.

Fresno State

315-308-320—943

10.

Nevada

318-312-320—950

11.

Hawaii

320-319-316—955

12.

Osaka Gakuin

333-309-314—956

13.

Seattle

326-311-326—963

14.

Hawaii-Hilo

346-348-—694

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