Two CSU programs among nations top 10 percent in multi-year APR
Espinoza places 34th
Rams' Espinoza moves up 24 spots
Rams' Espinoza is +4 after Round 1
Rams' senior is second in Mountain West in scoring average
Recently married, Head Coach Angie Collier (formally Angie Hopkins) is in her 10th year at Colorado State. In her time at CSU she has vastly improved the women's golf program. The team has gone from having three top-five finishes in 2002-03 to six top-five finishes in 2003-04 to having a record-setting seven top-five finishes in 2004-05. During the 2008-09 season, Collier earned her second MW Coach of the Year honor. She also led the team to setting a school record with a three-round team score, 869, at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. During the 2010-11 season the Rams recorded their third-lowest single-round team score in school history with a 285 at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic. Collier and the women's golf team are dedicated to escalating their team and individual accomplishments during the 2011-12 season.
Collier joined the Rams from the University of New Mexico, where she had been an assistant golf coach at her alma mater since 1999. As an assistant, Collier helped lead New Mexico to three Mountain West team championships as well as three NCAA West Regional appearances. In her four years as an assistant, Collier had the opportunity to work with two All-Americans, eight all-conference selections, five academic All-Americans and eight academic all-conference selections. Along with her coaching experience, Collier is an eight-year member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Division. After passing the final written test in June 2007, she is an LPGA Class A teaching professional. She was named LPGA Central Section Coach of the Year in 2006. Collier also completed a three-year term on the NGCA Awards Selection Committee in 2007.
To continue the success at Colorado State, Collier's focus is on recruiting student-athletes who will excel in the classroom as well as on the golf course. In the last four years she has coached 11 academic All-Americans and 26 academic all-conference players.
Coaching and Playing Experience:
Played four years at the University of New Mexico
Was part of two WAC team championships and two NCAA championship appearances, including an eighth-place finish in 1998
Assistant women's golf coach at the University of New Mexico, 1999-2002
Is currently an eight-year member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Division and 11-year member of the National Golf Coaches Association
Was named MW Coach of the Year in both 2004-2005 and 2008-09
At CSU has coached 13 academic All-Americans, including Emily Roering in 2010-11 and 26 MW academic all-conference selections including Roering, Brianna Espinoza, Betsy Kelly, Christina Spinzig and Sarah Roering
In 2010-11 five of seven players were named to MW academic all-conference
At CSU coached six MW all-conference players, including Espinoza in 2011
The CSU women's golf team posted the highest cumulative team GPA in the athletic department in 2001, 2004 and 2009
In 2010-11 season, Espinoza qualified for NCAA regional championships, while freshmen Betsy Kelly finished second at the MW championships
Coached the Rams to a tournament victory at the 2004 Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, which they won by 26 strokes
In 2005, qualified for the NCAA West regional for the first time since 2002
The Fall 2004 season was the best start since 1990, with the Rams placing in the top-five in four out of five tournaments
The 2008-09 team set a school record for three-round team score (869) at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. Additionally, Kasey Claussen tied the single round school record of 67 at the New Mexico State Tournament
The 2004-05 team broke many records, including the best tournament team score, top NCAA tournament performances, top single-season team scoring average and best career stroke-per-round average
Every returning 2011-12 player improved stroke average over the previous year. Espinoza improved from 78.44 in 2009-10 to 75.18 in 2010-11. Emily Roering improved from 77.94 to 77.30, while battling a back injury, and CC Krefting improved from 80.76 to 79.47.
In 2004, started the CSU Birdie Club, a booster group specifically for the CSU women's golf program. To date there are over 85 members.
In 2004, started the CSU Women's Golf Invitational, a fundraising women's golf tournament in support of the CSU women's golf team. The tournament is a way for the team to interact with women golfers of the community. Over 300 women have participated in this fun event.
The Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic is in its 14th year. Collier, along with the Ptarmigan Committee, hosts this prestigious women's collegiate tournament in September every year.
In 2007, Collier was a part of the grand opening of the Harmony Center. This million-dollar facility, located in Timnath, Colo., includes three hitting bays, an indoor putting green, coaches' offices and luxury locker rooms
Collier has coached the Rams to NCAA regional appearances in 2005, 2010 and 2011.
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