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Keating Propels Buffs To Fifth Place Finish At Pac-12s

a keatingBOULDER – Junior Alexis Keating shot a program record 66 in the final round of the 2015 Pac-12 Championships here Wednesday at the Boulder Country Club and led the University of Colorado women's golf team to a school best fifth place finish.

As a team, the Buffs shot 1-under par (283) on the last day en route to an 868 (296-289-283) or 16-over par final score. CU was paired with top-ranked USC and defeated the Trojans by eight strokes. CU's 1-under par 283 was one of only three subpar team rounds posted throughout the entire tournament. It's the best round recorded at a conference tournament in school history and the fifth lowest round ever on record. Additionally, CU's 54-hole total of 868 is the school's best postseason performance and fifth best overall.

 

 

"Our team played solid," said Colorado head coach Anne Kelly. "Today I think was one of our best days ever. Everybody played solid and it was a real team effort. I just couldn't be prouder of them."

Arizona captured the title by shooting 5-under as a team in the final round and finished at 1-over par (853) in the championship. Oregon took second, five strokes back at 6-over par and Washington finished three behind the Ducks posting a 9-over par team performance. UCLA claimed fourth, six strokes ahead of CU who rounded out the top five. In addition to defeating USC, Colorado also beat No. 16 Stanford and 18th-ranked Arizona State, The Buffs now have four wins against top 25 opponents this season.

Keating's blistering final round 5-under par 66 matches a school record and is the lowest score recorded on a par 71 in program history. She tallied seven birdies on the day, which tied the school record for third most all-time in a single round. The Elma, Wash. native finished the meet with a 3-under par 210 and tied for fifth place overall, which is the fourth best individual finish in school history at a conference tournament.

"I had a great day," said Keating. "I was feeling really good on these greens today and every putt I was confident it was going in."

"She was on fire," Kelly said of Keating's last round. "She's been hitting the ball all semester like a tour pro and just not getting those birdie chances to fall, but she did today and she was due. I am extremely happy for her."

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