Heating Up

Former Buff Jenny Coleman notches third LPGA top-10 since March 1; Matilda Castren, who qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open in Colorado, wins on LPGA Tour; Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Brandt Jobe sixth for 2nd straight week on Champions circuit

By Gary Baines – 6/13/2021

Two of the LPGA Tour players with strong Colorado connections happened to be paired together on Sunday at the LPGA Mediheal Championship in Daly City, Calif., and both posted top-15 finishes.

In fact, former University of Colorado golfer Jenny Coleman tied for fifth place, marking her third top-10 showing since March 1 — and third of her career. Meanwhile, Colorado born and raised Jennifer Kupcho tied for 13th place, her seventh top-30 performance this year.

The two also were on the leaderboard together three months ago at the LPGA Drive On Championship in Ocala, Fla., where Kupcho placed second and Coleman third.

Notably, the winner of LPGA Mediheal on Sunday also has a Colorado connection. Matilda Castren, who became the first native of Finland to claim a title in LPGA Tour history, qualified on May 10 at The Ranch Country Club in Westminster for the U.S. Women’s Open. Castren, who now lives in San Diego, was the co-medalist at The Ranch, shooting rounds of 70-66 in cold weather conditions. 

Five weeks after qualifying in Colorado for the U.S. Women’s Open, Matilda Castren became the first player from Finland to win on the LPGA Tour.

Coleman went 71-69-71-70 for a 7-under-par total of 281 at the Mediheal, ending up seven strokes behind Castren (71-69-69-65). With that, Coleman surpassed $200,000 in 2021 earnings and stands 35th on the LPGA money list for the year. Meanwhile, Kupcho finished at 283 (69-72-70-72), leaving her 27th on the 2021 money list with $277,725. 

For all the scores from the Mediheal Championship, CLICK HERE.

Elsewhere in major tour golf for players with strong Colorado ties:

— Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Brandt Jobe continued his strong June play on PGA Tour Champions by posting his second straight sixth-place finish.

This time, Jobe did it in the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, Wis, carding scores of 69-70-67 for a 10-under-par 206 total, which left him four back of winner Jerry Kelly.

Jobe was also sixth at the Principal Charity Classic last Sunday.

For all the scores from the American Family Insurance Championship, CLICK HERE.