Colorado women make back-to-back history
KAPALUA, Hawaii – The Colorado women's team claimed its second consecutive title Tuesday, holding off California and Tennessee to win the Anuenue Spring Break Challenge at Kapalua's Bay Course. It is the first time in the program's history that the Buffaloes have won back-to-back events and also the first time they have won three tournaments in one season. They won the Edean Ihlandfelt Invitational in the fall.
Colorado, No. 11 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot a final-round 13-over 301 to finish at 25-over 889, two shots ahead of No. 8 Cal and three ahead of No. 15 Tennessee. The Bears and Lady Vols each shot 12-over 300 in the final round.
Cal's Daniela Holmqvist won the individual title with a 2-under 214 (68-70-76), four shots ahead of Pepperdine's Alina Ching.
The Buffaloes, coming off a 31-stroke victory at the Clover Cup, now have three consecutive top-2 finishes.
“It was definitely more exciting this week,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “This was a good field, and we maybe didn’t play our best today, but we played tough coming in. It’s just fun for everybody, coaches and players. This is why we put in all the hard work. Both types of wins are great experiences for this team. To have to fight for it is just another good experience.”
Sophomore Jenny Coleman led the way for the Buffaloes with a third-place finish, her career best, at 4-over par 220. Also finishing in the top 15 were Alex Stewart (T-8), Jess Wallace (T-12) and Emily Talley (14th).