Led by Jenny Coleman, the University of Colorado women's golf team put together a solid first round of play Thursday at the NCAA Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla. Thanks in part to the senior's even-par 72, the Buffs shot a 306 as a team, good enough to stand tied for 12th in the 24-team field.

Coleman, who is playing in her program-record fourth consecutive NCAA Regional, is tied for sixth overall after the first day of play. The senior moved to 2-over within the first eight holes before bouncing back with two birdies in a row on Nos. 18 and 1 to pull even again. She dropped as low as 1-under following a birdie on the 397-yard, par-4 No.5.

"Jenny made some good birdie putts," CU head coach Anne Kelly said. "She made about a 60-foot birdie putt on the back nine."

Senior Kristin Coleman had the next best day for the Buffs, carding a 4-over 76. After dropping a birdie on her second hole of the round Kristen ran into a bit of trouble, shooting over-par on the following two holes. Although her score increased as the day progressed, the Buff still tallied 11 pars, increasing her program-leading career total to 1, 569.

Natalie Vivaldi, Alexis Keating and Jamie Oleksiew rounded out the CU squad, shooting a 77, 81 and 86, respectively.

The Buffs, who are deadlocked with Arizona in the 12th spot, must move up into the top eight by the end of Saturday in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Mississippi St. and North Carolina currently share the eighth position, having both shot a 302, four strokes better than CU. Alabama and California are tied for first at 295.

"It would be great if we could get in that top eight group," Kelly said. "The best teams tee off in the morning the last day, and I think that's a little bit easier than to have to wait until the afternoon. I'd love it if we could get in that top eight or nine group ... I think we have to hit more greens and putt better and stay focused on one shot at a time."

NCAA Central Regional

Team scores

t-1. Alabama 295

t-1. California 295

t-3. Florida 296

t-3. Kent State 296

5. Oklahoma State 298

t-6. UCLA 299

t-6. Minnesota 299

t-8. Miss. State 302

t-8. North Carolina 302

10. Wichita State 303

11. Ohio State 305

t-12. Arizona 306

t-12. Colorado 306

14. UNLV 307

15. Harvard 308

t-16. Arkansas 309

t-16. Kansas 309

t-16. Texas 309

t-16. LSU 309

20. SMU 315

t-21. Lamar 318

t-21. Miami 318

23. Siena College 334

24. Long Island 337

Top 5 individuals

1. Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent St. 65

2. Emma Talley, Alabama 68

t-3. Sarah Schober, Florida 71

t-3. Katherine Perry, N. Carolina 71

t-3. Natalie Goodson, Kent State 71

CU individuals

t-6. Jenny Coleman 72

t-41. Kristin Coleman 76

t-55. Natalie Vivaldi 77

t-90. Alexis Keating 81

t-120. Jamie Oleksiew 86