Buffs Trio Earns All-Pac-12 Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Three University of Colorado women's golfers were honored with the announcement of the All-Pac-12 Conference teams, announced by Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott Tuesday. Senior Emily Talley and sophomore Alex Stewart both made the second-team, while senior Jess Wallace was an honorable mention selection.
Talley and Wallace have both been honored on an all-conference team before, both being named first-team All-Big 12 a season ago, and both are the first players to earn multiple honors in a career in CU history. Along with Stewart, it marks the first time CU has had three golfers honored and almost doubled the number of honorees in school history. Prior to last year's honors for Talley and Wallace, Hannah Hoch was second team All-Big 12 in 2005 and Emily Childs was a first-team selection in 2009.
Voted on by the coaches and based largely upon the golfer's rankings by both Golfstat and Golfweek, Stewart leads the way for the Buffs this year with a No. 33 Golfstat and No. 36 Golfweek, followed by Talley (44/46) and Wallace (84/74). This is the first season three CU golfers have been ranked in the top 100 at the same time.
Stewart leads the Buffs with a stroke average of 73.8, on pace for the second best average in CU history while her spring stroke average of 73.4 is on pace to set a new CU record, although she's just two strokes over 18 rounds ahead of Talley (73.5). She won the Sugar Bowl, ranked the fourth-toughest field in the nation this year, coming back from eight strokes down in the final round to win. She has three top five finishes and six top 10 finishes on the season. She has two rounds in the 60s, eight subpar rounds and her score has counted toward the team in 28 of 30 rounds this season.
Talley is closing out a career that has seen her snatch just about every career record in the books, including career stroke average with a minimum of 100 rounds played (74.52), most rounds played (130), most top 10 (19) and top 20 finishes (30), among several others. She holds 33 round, tournament, season and career records, including 15 career marks.
Wallace is also closing out her career and in just two seasons has put her name in the CU record book plenty of times, as well. Last season, she set nearly every season record in the books and this year she's adding to those. Her stroke average this season is 74.89 and she won the Clover Cup, becoming just the second CU player to win multiple medalist honors in CU history.
The Buffaloes return to action as the No. 4 seed in the NCAA West Regional, which CU will host at Colorado National Golf Club May 10-12. The Buffs will be looking to finish in the top eight on their home course to advance to the NCAA Championships in Franklin, Tenn., May 23-26. Should the Buffs advance, it will be the first time in school history.