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Colorado Student-Athlete Spotlight: Kristin and Jenny Coleman
April 29, 2011
By Cydney Ricker
Big 12 Campus Correspondent

They live together; they golf together; they even have the same major. When asked what's different about the two of them, Jenny Coleman said her twin sister and teammate, Kristin Coleman, likes Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but she doesn't.

"We're so similar it's ridiculous," Jenny Coleman said.

"Jenny has a louder laugh; Kristin is more quiet and soft spoken," head coach Anne Kelly said when asked to describe the Coleman twins' differences. "Kristin also spills her water or Gatorade a lot, especially at early morning workouts. They often eat and order the same exact food, even when they are at other ends of the table, which is pretty interesting.  They are both good students and in the same subjects.  Jenny is a little more animated, but both have a good sense of humor."

The freshmen from Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., even sit directly next to one another on this season's overall statistics, just a mere 18 stokes apart after 32 rounds played.

"I think our first season is going quite well," Kristin Coleman said. "I played really well the first semester, and I'm playing alright this semester. I'm playing better than I expected."

The biggest difference between their statistics is that Jenny Coleman improved from the fall to the spring and Kristin Coleman's statistics were reversed. Jenny Coleman was averaging 78.07 stokes per round in the fall and improved to 75.24 in the spring. Kristin Coleman recorded a stroke average of 74.67 in the fall which dropped to 77.18 in the spring. 

They say they don't coach each other on the course or give advice because that's the coaches' jobs, but they both admire different aspects of the others' game and hope to incorporate it in their own.

"Accuracy with my full swing is something Jenny is good at that I wish to improve on," Kristin Coleman said.
After briefly examining her sister's game in her head, Jenny added, "I'd have to say my up and down skills and making important putts."

With golf being such an individual sport, the girls don't interact much on the course, but Coach Kelly says the girls will ask her what club the other used on a certain hole because their games are so comparable.

"After almost one season both Jenny and Kristin have come a long way," Kelly said.  "Jenny has made amazing improvements in her short game, especially chipping and pitching. Kristin is a very good competitor and is really calm, cool and collected in competitive situations.   Both of these players have gained great experience playing at a higher level of competition and are gaining the confidence needed to compete with the best in college golf.  Both have a very bright future ahead of them and I am excited to see how far they can go."

With the two being very similar socially, athletically and academically, together they look forward to being leaders on the CU women's golf team in the future.

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