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Women’s preview: Pac-12 Conference

For Colorado, part of the key to success lies in getting in the front door. As a new addition to the Pac-12 Conference, that problem has begun to solve itself.

Upon joining the powerhouse conference, which contains seven of the top 20 teams in Golfweek’s rankings (Colorado coming in at No. 20), Colorado was able to beef up its competition schedule. In its third start of the fall, the Buffs won the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, a tournament the team had never before been able to play.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the Pac-12,” head coach Anne Kelly said. “You never know when you’re the new kid on the block.”

Though new to the conference, the Colorado roster is laden with experience, and it showed as the Buffs also finished T-2 in their season opener and sixth at the Branch Law/Dick McGuire. Colorado’s only misstep of the fall was at the SEC/Pac-12 Challenge in Tennessee. Seniors Jessica Wallace and Emily Talley top a fivesome that includes twins Kristin and Jenny Coleman and Purdue transfer Alex Stewart. All five maintained a scoring average of 75 or below in the fall.

Kelly already is thinking about the chain of effects of playing in the toughest women’s golf conference in the country — she has to as she faces the graduation of Wallace and Talley this spring. Kelly already has signed two players from Washington to help fill out next year’s roster.

“I think because we were a part of the Pac-12, they took a little harder look at us,” Kelly said. “I think it is helping already.”

Colorado will rack up the miles during the spring as they play everywhere from California to New Orleans to Hawaii before heading north to Pullman, Wash., for its first Pac-12 Conference.

“We’re going to try and make our first debut there a good one,” Kelly said, but the truth is that Colorado already has proven it belongs.

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Top of the class: UCLA

Best player in the fall: Giulia Molinaro, Arizona State

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Past champions

2007: Arizona State

2008: USC

2009: Arizona State

2010: Arizona

2011: USC

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Conference capsules

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