Breaking Through

Former CU golfer Jenny Coleman wins for first time on Epson Tour, prevailing in a playoff

By Gary Baines – 5/21/2023

It took a while — OK, a long while — but former University of Colorado golfer Jenny Coleman finally can say she’s a champion on the Epson Tour, the feeder tour for the LPGA circuit.

Coleman had come close to a win so many times on the Epson Tour. She’s finished runner-up on four occasions — including once three weeks ago — and third four times.

But on Sunday, she broke through, prevailing in a three-person playoff between the 36-hole co-leaders in the IOA Golf Classic in Longwood, Fla. Round 3 was canceled due to heavy rains and unplayable course conditions, but Coleman won with a 5-foot birdie in sudden death, which lasted one hole. Also in the playoff were Dottie Ardina and Sophie Hausman.

Coleman — who played regularly on the LPGA Tour in 2017 and 2020-22, with a best finish of third place — posted scores of 67-65 at the IOA, finishing at 10 under par. She made 13 birdies combined in regulation in the two rounds.

The victory was worth $30,000 for the former Buff golfer, who also was involved in a playoff three weeks ago at the Copper Rock Championship in Hurricane, Utah.

For all the scores from the IOA Golf Classic, CLICK HERE.

About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for since 2009. He was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2022. He owns and operates