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University of Colorado Golf Team Wins Tourney the Day After 3-Car Accident

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golf clubThe University of Colorado Women’s Golf Team has grit. They won the Heather Farr/CU Memorial Invitational this last weekend — a day after all five girls on the team were involved in a three-car accident.

Gary Baines, a reporter for The Daily Camera, brings us details of the crash in his article for the Brush News-Tribune:

Shortly after leaving Colorado National Golf Club Friday night after playing the first two rounds of the tournament, [Emily] Talley and teammates Jessica Wallace, Taylor Doyle, Meaghan Kari and Devin Dougherty were part of a three-car accident, Talley recounted. She said she, Doyle, Kari and Dougherty were in the front vehicle, Wallace was in the middle one, and a CU teacher of Talley’s was in the rear vehicle when the accident happened.

In an amazing stroke of good luck, none of the people involved in the accident sustained any personal injuries that warranted hospital attention, though the golfers were a little sore. Baines continues:

Coach Anne Kelly, who was quickly notified of the crash, went to the scene with assistant Brent Franklin.

‘It was kind of scary to see, but to see them all walk away … I was just thankful,’ Kelly said. ‘They were beat up and sore but they weren’t too bad. We didn’t have anybody in the hospital, so that was a good thing. Cars can be fixed, but people are a lot harder. It was pretty much a miracle that they all walked away as well off as they did.’

Julie Williams, an assistant editor for Golf Week, explains how the team went on to play the next day:

At first, [Coach Anne] Kelly did not plan on fielding a team in the final round, but juniors Emily Talley and Jessica Wallace – who also won the individual title – informed her shortly before tee off that they wanted to play. Each was cleared by a team trainer and hit fewer than 10 balls before heading out to contend with wind gusts of up to 25 mph at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie.

Despite bringing only two of the five girls to the final round of the tournament — and the aches and pains that naturally follow an accident — the CU Buffs went on to achieve a stellar victory:

Not only does the team title mark the second victory for the Buffs this season, but the 16-shot win over Colorado State is the largest margin of victory in program history. Colorado has finished in the top 3 as a team in all four tournaments played this season.

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