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Buffs Tied For Second At Ptarmigan

Sep 8, 2014

FORT COLLINS – The University of Colorado women’s golf team opened its 2014-15 season on Monday, finishing the day tied for second after a strong performance in the first two rounds of the Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic at the Ptarmigan Country Club, hosted by Colorado State.  

The Buffaloes got off to a fast start and led the tournament by getting as low as 8-under to begin the day behind solid rounds from junior Alexis Keating and sophomore transfer Esther Lee. Colorado finished the first 36 holes with a 294-292 – 586, or 10-over par and are tied with Illinois (297-289 – 586) through the first 36 holes of the tournament. The Buffs and Illini are nine shots behind leader, San Diego State (289-288 – 577). UNLV is in fourth place at 13-over par 589 and Gonzaga rounds out the top five, one stroke behind the Rebels at 14-over par 590.

“We started out great and the wind picked-up on our finishing holes in the first round, which were pretty difficult and unfortunately we didn’t play those too well,” said CU head coach Ann Kelly. “The team played well starting out the second round and had a couple tough holes on the finish, but overall we had pretty good play on the first day here.”

Keating led the Buffaloes with two of their best rounds of the day.  The CU junior recorded three birdies and posted a 2-under 70 in the first round. She followed that up with an even second round. Her 70-72 – 142, or 2-under par puts her in fourth place.

“Alexis played well,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately, she had a double [bogey] on her last hole, but it was a tough hole. She played some solid golf to open the season.”

Newcomer Lee made her Colorado debut and is tied for sixth place overall with the Illini’s Dana Gattone and Madchen Ly from Fresno State after shooting even-par in both rounds. Lee went 3-under through her first five holes and pared the front nine in the opening round. She struggled to close out her round, recording a bogey and double-bogey in two of the final three holes, but bounced back with four birdies in her first seven holes to begin the second round.

“Esther is really a solid player and very consistent,” said Kelly. “She had a couple holes that she wasn’t quite happy with after a couple double bogeys, but she really is a solid player and manages her game well.”

Junior Jamie Oleksiew opened up her first round shooting 4-over par 76.  She was even par through the first 16 holes and then double-bogeyed the last two. She fought back in the second round, recording two birdies and finished the round one stroke better with a 3-over 75. Oleksiew is tied for 30th at 7-over.

“Jamie played some really good golf and unfortunately had a couple tough holes on her finish in both rounds, but she got herself under par on a few holes and played pretty solid,” said Kelly.

Freshman Brittany Fan carded a 76-74 – 150 in her collegiate debut. She had five birdies through her two rounds. Fan had a rough stretch making the turn in the first round as she recorded a bogey, double-bogey and bogey on nine, ten and eleven before settling down and paring the final two holes.

“Brittany played well for her first 36-hole day,” said Kelly.  “She hit the ball well, had a little trouble with her putting, but that will come around.”

After a tough first round, 5-over par for sophomore Natalie Vivaldi, she rebounded in the final 18 holes. The CU sophomore opened her second round with three bogeys in four holes, then drained four birdies on the front nine helping her finish at 2-over par and post a 7-over par on the day.

Also playing individually for the Buffs was redshirt freshman Tori Glenn who is tied for 56th after recording a 75-79-154 through 36 holes. Glenn had a roller coaster second round, but finished strong sinking a birdie on the last hole.

 San Diego State has two players tied at the top of the leaderboard. Emma Henrikson (72-67 – 139) and Sirene Blair (70-69 – 139) are both 5-under par. Gonzaga’s Raychelle Santos is only one stroke behind after posting a 4-under 140. Keating is in contention at 2-under in fourth place and Idaho’s Leilanie Kim is in fifth at 1-under par.

The final round will begin Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

“I think we have a chance at it. We have to fight hard and I think sometimes it’s easier to win coming from behind,” said Kelly. “We have a good team and it was fun to watch them today.”

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS    
Rank Team Score
4. Alexis Keating 70-72–142
T6. Esther Lee 72-72 – 144
T30. Brittany Fan 76-74 – 150
T39. Natalie Vivaldi 77-74 – 151
T39. Jamie Oleksiew 76-75 – 151
T56. Tori Glenn 75-79 – 154
TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS    
Rank Team Score
T1. Emma Henrickson, San Diego State     
72-67 – 139
T1. Sirene Blair, San Diego State 70-69 – 139
3. Raychelle Santos, Gonzaga 70-70 – 140
4. Alexis Keating, Colorado 70-72 – 142
5. Leilanie Kim, Idaho 72-71 – 143
TEAM SCORES    
Rank Team Score
1. San Diego State 289-288 – 577
T2. COLORADO 294-292 – 586
T2. Illinois 297-289 – 586
4. UNLV 292-297 – 589
5. Gonzaga 296-294 – 590
6. San Francisco 296-296 – 592
7. Nevada 297-299 – 596
8. Kennesaw State 298-299 – 597
9. Fresno State 299-299 – 598
10. Colorado State 302-300 – 602
11. California 293-310 – 603
12. Idaho 306-298 – 604
13. Boise State 303-306 – 609
14. Long Beach State 305-307 – 612
15. UTEP 308-316 – 624
16. Northern Colorado 312-313 – 625
17. Wyoming 312-319 – 631