Feb. 17, 2014
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - The Colorado State women's golf team opened its spring season at the 2014 Jim West Challenge on Monday, finishing the day of action in 12th place in the 15-team field.
On the par 71, 6,178-yard Bandit Golf Club in New Braunfels, Texas, the Rams closed the day with a two-round total of 644, just five strokes off a top-10 finish.
"We got off to a rough start today," Head Coach Annie Young said. "We hit a lot of quality shots today but just lacked consistency throughout the day. We are hoping to build on the good things from today and have better results tomorrow."
After 36 holes, senior Betsy Kelly leads the Rams carding a 158 (+16). After a slow start in the morning, Kelly registered CSU's lowest round of the day, a four-over 75 in the second round, and the sixth-best single-round score of the tournament.
"Betsy played well this afternoon," Young said. "It was good to see her bounce back after a difficult start. Hopefully she can take the momentum she built in the second round into the final day."
Playing just about four hours from her hometown of Irving, Texas, freshman Elisabeth Rau paced the Rams during the first 18 holes, shooting a 6-over in her second collegiate tournament.
Rau began the morning strong, recording pars in seven of the first eight holes and carding two birdies on the front nine. In the first round, she shot a career-best 77 and finished the day shooting a 160 (+18).
Rau registered her first collegiate eagle, as she scored a three on No. 18, a par five that was playing down wind during the second round. She was one of six golfers to card an eagle on No. 18.
Gonzaga, which entered the tournament ranked No. 60 in the country according to Golfstat.com, leads the field by a wide margin, carding a two-round team score of 591 (+23), nine strokes ahead of second-place Texas State at 600 and 23 strokes ahead of third-place Arkansas-Little Rock (+46). Cal State Fullerton (+47) and BYU (+48) round out the top 5.
Play resumes Tuesday morning with tee times beginning at 7 a.m. MT. Live scoring for tomorrow's final round is available at www.birdiefire.com.
COLORADO STATE SCORES
12 Colorado State (+76) 323-321 -- 644
T31 Betsy Kelly (+16) 83-75 -- 158
T43 Elisabeth Rau (+18) 77-83 -- 160
T50 Christina Spinzig (+20) 82-80 -- 162
T60 Emily Roering (+23) 81-84 -- 165
T66 Jessa LaBarbera (+25) 84-83 -- 167
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