Related Links
PULLMAN, Wash.—The No. 11 University of Colorado women’s golf team shot the fifth best round in school history—best in the postseason—and surged from sixth place into second place through two rounds of the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, held here at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club.  After improving 24 strokes from their first round and shooting a second round 4-under par 284, the Buffs are three strokes behind No. 13 California (13-over 589) at 16-over par 592.  

The Bears were the only team who bettered the Buffs second round and it was just by one stroke as they shot a 5-under par 283 and the two were the only teams under par in the round and set up a match-up against each other in tomorrow’s final round.  No. 1 UCLA is two strokes behind CU at 18-over par 594 with No. 3 Southern California one stroke behind the Bruins at 19-over par 595, and No. 5 Arizona State rounds out the top five at 21-over par 597.  

“We just played very consistently today,” CU coach Anne Kelly said. “They’re smart players and they handled what was very tough hole locations and cool conditions, we just played well.  At the same time, I don’t think we’re satisfied, they think they left some shots out there.  We’re all looking forward to tomorrow to see what we can do.”

The 284 is the best postseason round in CU history by some 12 strokes, and on top of being the fifth-best overall round in CU history, it’s the third-best round this season.  The previous best postseason team round was an 8-over par 296 in the second round of the 2006 Big 12 Championship.  It is also just the third round in CU history where the Buffs didn’t count an individual score above par, and the second time that has happened this season along with the second round of the Clover Cup last month.  The only other time it happened was at the 2008 Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic.  Additionally, it is the second best team round turned in at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club by a women’s collegiate team, as Cal took home that honor today. 

“It was a good time to have one of our best rounds,” Kelly said. “There are a lot of good teams here, tomorrow will be a dog fight, but it will be fun.  That’s why we work so hard, to get in there and have a chance.”

CU’s 36-hole total of 16-over par 592 is also the best postseason performance in program history by seven strokes over last year’s 23-over par 599 at the Big 12 Championships.  

Individually, sophomore Jenny Coleman is tied for third place just one stroke behind a tie for first, while senior Emily Talley is tied for fifth but just one more stroke behind Coleman and Co.  Sophomore Alex Stewart is tied for 13th just two strokes behind Talley while Jess Wallace is one stroke behind Stewart, and just five behind the co-leaders, in 17th place. In all the top 23 players are within five strokes of each other. 

Coleman continued her brilliant tournament, shooting even par with two birdies and two bogeys.  She got a birdie on the par 5 No. 17 to pull back to even par.  She is 2-over par 146 through two rounds, matching the second best 36-hole score in the CU’s postseason history.  Last year, Jess Wallace was 1-under 143 through two rounds while Emily Talley was 2-over 146 at the same point, the best two performances before Coleman matched Talley.  

Talley shot a 3-under par 69 with five birdies, two bogeys to go with her 11 pars.  She was at her best making the turn, as she had three straight birdies and four in five holes between Nos. 8-12.  Her 69 is the lowest round in CU history in the postseason, bettering teammate Jess Wallace’s 70 in the second round of last year’s Big 12 Championship and Allison Rella’s 70 in the first round of the Big 12 Championship in 2004.  She also matched the second-best second round in the field and had just one of four rounds in the 60s in the field. 

“I made some putts today, but I still left a few shots out there,” Talley said. “I made some awesome birdies, some easy birdies, it was just a really consistent day, I was good off the tees and in the fairway.  I’ve been struggling a little putting, and to shoot 3-under, I just need to get a little more comfortable getting over the ball with my putting stroke and then anything’s possible.”

Talley’s 3-over 147 through 36 holes matches the fourth best performance in CU’s postseason history, matching her total from the 2010 Big 12 Championships and behind the three aforementioned scores. Talley now has three of the best five 36-hole totals in CU’s postseason history.  

“The weather was so much better today, it was fun out there,” Talley said. “I started with six layers on and got down to two for the majority of the round. I was just more comfortable today.  Yesterday was the first time a lot of us had played the course all the way through, since we weren’t able to in the practice round.  I usually do OK not seeing a course, but it was nice today going to the tee box having seen the holes before.”

Talley recorded her sixth career round in the 60s as she already held the CU career record, and it’s her second such round this season, becoming the first player in CU history to have multiple rounds in the 60s in more than one season and she’s already the first player to have a round in the 60s in three different seasons.  She also played in her 129th career round today, breaking a tie with Dominique Pytlewski to claim sole possession of the CU career record.  

Alex Stewart was also under par for the Buffaloes with a 1-under 71 in the second round with three birdies and two bogeys.  She was 1-under on the front nine with birdies on holes Nos. 2 and 7 after opening with a bogey on the first hole.  She opened her back nine with a birdie to get to 2-under and stayed there until a bogey on the par 3 No. 16 before getting two pars to close her round and remain under par.  

It marks Stewart’s eighth round under par, the third best mark for a season in CU history, behind last year’s total for both Wallace (10) and Talley (9).  Her eight rounds already puts her in the top five for a career in CU history, as she matches Coleman’s total from her first two years.  

Senior Jess Wallace shot even par despite bogeys on two of her final three holes.  She got a birdie on the par 4 No. 2 and then had seven pars to close her front nine at 1-under. She then got to 2-under with a birdie on No. 10 and then remained there until the end of her round where she had bogeys on Nos. 16 and 18.  

Sophomore Kristin Coleman was also near par until the end of her round, where she had four bogeys in the final six holes to finish 4-over 76 and is tied for 39th place with a two-round total of 10-over par 154.  She was even on her front nine with a bogey on No. 3 and birdie on No. 5, and after she opened her back nine with a bogey on No. 10, she got back to even par with a birdie on No. 12 before her four bogeys in the last six holes. 

“It’s fun to see everybody on at the same time,” Talley said. “We all now have a good idea playing this course, so I’m looking forward to see what we can do tomorrow.  The pins were so hard today, so I don’t think they can get much harder or play more difficult tomorrow.”  

Cal’s Daniella Holmqvist shot a 4-under par 68 in the second round and caught up to Arizona State’s Giulia Molinaro and both are tied for first place at 1-over par 145.  Jenny Coleman is tied with UCLA’s Erynne Lee, the No. 2 ranked player in the country, at 2-over par 146 and Talley is tied with Washington’s SooBin Kim in fifth place at 3-over par 147.  

Holmqvist’s 68 is a new Palouse Ridge Golf Club record for a single round by a women’s collegiate player, meaning Talley, along with USC’s Sophia Popov and Stanford’s Sally Watson, are no worse than tied for second on that same list.  

The Buffs will be the last team off the tee Sunday along with Cal starting at 9:20 a.m. PT and the two will be the final two teams to tee off.  

“We just need to be patient as a team,” Talley said. “Depending on the weather and the tees, we just need to pick our battles, look for the right pins to go for and not make any stupid errors and we’ll be in a great place.  I’m only two strokes out individually, but it can go any directions, I just need to go out with some optimism and patience and I know we’ll do well as a team no matter what.”



Jenny Coleman



Emily Talley



Alex Stewart



Jessica Wallace



Kristin Coleman





Daniel Holmqvist, California



Giulia Molinaro, Arizona State



Jennifer Coleman, Colorado



Erynne Lee, UCLA



Emily Talley, Colorado



SooBin Kim, Washington














Southern California



Arizona State












Washington State






Oregon State