Feb. 18, 2014
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The Colorado State women’s golf team showed improvement on Tuesday in the final round of the Jim West Challenge, climbing two spots in the team standings to finish 10th in the 15-team event at the Bandit Golf Club.
“We saw improvements today, but at the same time we still have work to do,” said Head Coach Annie Young. “It is early in the season and fortunately we get to play another tournament later this week. It will be good for us to have a quick turnaround.”
The Rams, led by senior Betsy Kelly and junior Jessa LaBarbera over the final 18 holes, jumped out to a quick start when they teed off this morning. LaBarbera, a native of Allen, Texas, carded six pars and one birdie in her first nine holes. Kelly’s consistent performance after the first round helped the Rams jump into the top 10, where they held their position throughout Tuesday. Ultimately, CSU finished with a three-round total of 952.
The Rams have now finished in the top 10 in four out of five tournaments this season.
Kelly was the Rams’ leader in the clubhouse recording a three-round score of 235 to finish in a tie for 30th.
LaBarbera shot a 73 (+2) on Tuesday, the Rams’ best single-round score of the tournament, to finish at 240 over 54 holes. This is the second-consecutive tournament LaBarbera has saved her best single-round score for the final day. At the Rainbow Wahine Invitational to conclude CSU’s fall schedule, the junior carded a 72. In 2013-14, on average, she is shooting two strokes better in the final round than any other round.
“Jessa played great today,” said Young. “It was good to see her bounce back. She has been a strong finisher for us this season, and that is something we need her to continue doing.”
Senior Christina Spinzig put together her best round of the event on Tuesday, shooting a 79 and finishing with a 241 (+28).
Freshman Elisabeth Rau, playing in only her second collegiate tournament, tied Spinzig carding a 241, and senior Emily Roering finished three strokes behind Rau and Spinzig.
Gonzaga, which led the Jim West Challenge after 36 holes on Monday, maintained its lead through the final 18 holes, holding off host Texas State to win by eight strokes.
Gonzaga’s Raychelle Santos shot a four-under in the final round to take individual honors carding 212 (-1), holding off teammate Ciera Min by two strokes.
The Rams return to action this weekend at the Westbrook Spring Invitational held in Peoria, Ariz. beginning on Sunday, Feb. 23.
10 Colorado State 323-321-308 -- 952 (+100)
T30 Betsy Kelly 83-75-77 -- 235 (+22)
T44 Jessa LaBarbera 84-83-73 -- 240 (+27)
T52 Christina Spinzig 82-80-79 -- 241 (+28)
T52 Elisabeth Rau 77-83-81 -- 241 (+28)
T59 Emily Roering 81-84-79 -- 244 (+31)
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