Stewart Named National Player Of The Week
BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's golf team had two major accomplishments happen Monday, as sophomore Alex Stewart was named the GolfWorld College Player of the Week while the new rankings are out and both Golfweek and Golfstat both tab the Buffaloes as the No. 14 team in the nation, an all-time best.
Stewart fired a 5-under par 67 in the final round of the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championships on Tuesday to erase an eight stroke deficit and claim medalist honors. Her performance also helped the Buffs to finish second as a team.
Her 5-under round and 67 are both the second-best marks in school history, and her 5-under and 54-hole total of 211 are both the fourth best marks in program history. She became the fifth CU women's golfer to win an event and it's the sixth medalist honor in CU history. Her seven birdies in the final round and 14 for the tournament match the second-best marks in program annals.
She entered the week ranked the No. 94 individual player and bested 27 golfers with a higher ranking in the field, including five in the top 20 and the nation's top ranked player in Duke's Lindy Duncan.
CU's second place finish is one of, if not the, best performance in CU history. Ranked as the fourth-toughest field in Division I this year, the Buffs went in ranked No. 17 and were one of five top 20 teams in the field. When it all played out, the Buffaloes had defeated three of the top four teams in the nation, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Southern California.
The team performance vaulted the Buffs to the No. 14 ranking this past week in both the Golfstat and Golfweek polls, the highest ranking in CU history for both publications. The Buffs had last week tied the best mark in both polls, No. 17 in Golfweek and No. 19 in Golfweek, thus it's the first top 15 ranking for the CU women's golf program.
Next up for the Buffaloes is a trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., in two weeks for the Fighting Irish Spring Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame at the Longbow Golf Club March 16-18. After that the Buffs will travel to Maui to play in the Anuenue Spring Break Challenge on March 26-27 to close out the regular season before their first appearance in the Pac-12 Championships, hosted by Washington State April 27-29.
CU then plays host to the NCAA West Regional at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie May 10-12. Should the Buffs advance past that, they will travel to Franklin, Tenn., for the NCAA Championships May 23-26.