When the first round began last week at the U.S. Women’s Open, Jenny Coleman became part of an extraordinary group; she became one out of 156 women who got to say they played in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Coleman has spent time on the LPGA Tour, but the stage and the course are unlike anything she has seen.
“It was just a really special experience for golf, especially women’s golf,” said Coleman. “It is one of those courses that is so iconic, everyone wants to go play it, and no one has played it in this setting. It was a whole new experience for everyone and a phenomenal event for women’s golf and everyone involved.”
Coleman was one of 74 players who was able to make the cut at Pebble, a feat in itself. Conditions started to toughen as the weekend rolled around, with an average score of 74.69 on Saturday and 73.62 on Sunday. The 30-year-old would then post two of the most interesting rounds of the weekend, with her round on Sunday being 19-shots better than the round she posted on Saturday. Her third round 87 was the highest score recorded on Saturday, and then in less than 24 hours, she would post the second-best score of the day during the final round with a 68.
“Everything just went so wrong on Saturday. I didn’t hit the ball good, I couldn’t chip or putt, and it was probably the toughest conditions of the four days,” explained Coleman. “Everything on Saturday was so loose, so I had to do a full reset. Once I did that, everything felt like it was coming together, and I put up a good round.”
Despite the round on Saturday, Coleman left California with more confidence than she had coming into the week. The University of Colorado Boulder alum is currently in the Race for the Card Top 10 at No. 4, but with a few more solid weeks, Coleman can help solidify her LPGA Tour card for the 2024 season.
“I have a lot more confidence for the rest of the season,” said Coleman. “It is always good to finish the tournament on a high note, and to shoot a score like that on Sunday at Pebble in a major is everything you can dream of.”