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Freshman Jamie Oleksiew shot an even par 72 to lead the Buffs in the third round.
Buffs Improve To Ninth At Ptarmigan
Release: September 11, 2012
By: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID
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FORT COLLINS, Colo.—The No. 16 University of Colorado women’s golf team use an overall improved performance to slide up three spots and finish tied for ninth at the Colonel Wollenberg Ram Classic, the first event of the 2012-13 season hosted here at the Ptarmigan Country Club by Colorado State.  

Playing individual, freshman Jamie Oleksiew shot an even par 72, the lowest round for any CU player in the event.   Counting toward team scoring were juniors Jenny and Kristen Coleman and freshman Megan Haase, who each shot 3-over par 75s, while freshmen Alexis Keating and Allie Zech both shot a 6-over par 78.  Senior Devin Dougherty also played individually and carded a final round 11-over par 83.  CU finished the day at 15-over par 303 to finish at 49-over par 913.  

“We definitely had some improvement today,” CU head coach Anne Kelly said. “And that’s what we will have to continue to do all season.  We are a young team, it will be a continual theme throughout the entire season.”

Texas Tech ran away with the team title, as the only team under par, collectively 4-under par 860 to win by 27 shots.  Baylor took second at 23-over par 887 with UNLV (27-over par 891) and San Jose State (28-over par 892) in a group.  Four teams tied for fifth at 32-over par 896, Long Beach State, Louisville, Nevada and New Mexico.  

Oleksiew played her entire round within one stroke of even par and finished tied for 30th at 11-over par 227.  She started off on No. 17 and birdied No. 18, her second hole, to go 1-under before heading to the front nine.  She bogeyed No. 3 and No. 6 then immediately brought it back to even with a birdie on No. 7.  After five pars, she went under par with a birdie on No. 13 and then bogeyed No. 15, her second-to-last hole, to finish at even par.  Her 30th place finish was easily the best score of any of the individual players, some 32 spots ahead of the next individual.  

“Jamie really played well,” Kelly said. “She has made a lot of progress in her first three weeks on campus and it’s really encouraging to see her shoot even par, showing she has the potential to be a really good player.”

Keating was the Buffs top finisher, carding a 54-hole score of 10-over par 226 and tied for 24th.  She had a bit of a rough start and was 6-over par through her first five holes but then played her remaining 13 holes at even par with two birdies and two bogeys.  

Keating became the fourth CU golfer in the last decade to lead the Buffs as a true freshman in their first collegiate outing, joining Hannah Hoch (2003, Ptarmigan), Lindsay Caljouw (2005, Ptarmigan) and Emily Childs (2008, Ptarmigan).  

Kristin Coleman caught fire at the end of her round with three birdies in her final four holes.  She started off her round with a birdie but then was 7-over on her next seven holes before turning it around and playing 3-under for the remainder of her round for her 75.  At 12-over par 228, she was tied for 35th.  

Jenny Coleman also shot a 3-over par 75 with 11 pars, two birdies and five bogeys.  The opposite of her sister, who was 6-over and worked her way down to 3-under in the final few holes, Jenny was even par through 13 but had three bogeys in her final five holes.   

“The first tournament is also about getting the rust off,” Kelly said. “It may take a tournament or two here early in the season to get going as a team.  Neither Jenny nor Kristin had played in a competitive tournament since May.  I’m sure they’ll both get on track shortly after we get into the routine of the season.”

Zech shot a 6-over par 78 with one birdie and seven bogeys.  She was 2-over par mid-way through her round and had four bogeys down the stretch to finish at 6-over.  Freshman Megan Haase had her best round with a 3-over par 75 and hovered around par until her final few holes.  She was even par through 14 and had three bogeys in her final four holes.  

“Fatigue is part of getting used to the college game,” Kelly said. “I think we saw a little bit of that yesterday in the second round and today near the end of the round.  Alexia and Kristin both finished strong, but everybody else had a few bogeys near the end of their round.”

Dougherty finished round at 11-over par 83 and was 29-over par 245 and finished 80th.  She was 6-over par after her first four holes but settled down and played her final 14 holes at 5-over par with nine pars and five bogeys.  

New Mexico’s Manon DeRoey ran away with medalist honors, shooting a 9-under par 207 after a 2-under par 70 in the second round.  Texas Tech then had the next three players, all at or under par, with Kimberly Kaufman (5-under par 211), Gabriella Dominguez (3-under par 213) and Beverly Mendoza (even par 216).  Four players were then tied for fifth, as Long Beach State’s Simone Hoey, Nevada’s Nikki Prichard, Northern Colorado’s Carleigh Silvers and San Jose State’s Cha Cha Willhoite all finishing at 2-over par 218.  

The Buffs will next travel to Albuquerque, N.M., where the New Mexico Lobos will host the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the UNM Golf Course September 17-18.  

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

t-24.

Alexis Keating

74-74-78—226

t-30.

Jamie Oleksiew

77-78-72—227

t-35.

Kristin Coleman

73-80-75—228

t-39.

Jenny Coleman

77-77-75—229

t-56.

Allie Zech

76-79-78—233

t-58.

Megan Haase

79-80-75—234

80.

Devin Dougherty

85-77-83—245

 

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Manon DeRoey, UNM

69-68-70—207

t-2.

K. Kaufman, TTU

67-73-71—211

t-2.

G. Dominguez, TTU

72-68-73—213

t-4.

Beverly Mendoza, TTU

74-70-70—216

t-4.

Simone Hoey, LBSU

74-70-69—218

t-4.

Nikki Prichard, Nevada

72-72-74—218

t-4.

Carleigh Silvers, UNC

70-74-74—218

t-4.

Cha Cha Wilhoit, SJSU

72-75-71—218

 

 

TEAM STANDINGS

2.

Texas Tech

289-286—575

2.

Baylor

297-294—591

3.

UNLV

298-296—594

4.

San Jose State

289-307—596

t-5.

Louisville

297-292—589

t-5.

Nevada

298-296—594

t-5.

Long Beach State

304-299—603

t-5.

New Mexico

298-288—586

t-9.

Colorado

300-310—610

t-9.

Idaho

304-303—607

t-11.

Fresno State

306-299—605

t-11.

Colorado State

309-298—607

13.

Wyoming

305-308—613

14.

UTEP

302-314—616

15.

Northern Colorado

299-322—621

16.

Illinois

313-302—615

17.

New Mexico State

320-317—637


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