Feb. 23, 2014
PEORIA, Ariz. – The Colorado State women’s golf team put together its best golf under first-year Head Coach Annie Young at the Westbrook Spring Invitational on Sunday.
After 36 holes at the Westbrook Village Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz., the Rams shot a 588 (+12), their best two-round total since Oct. 2012 at the Price’s ‘Give ‘Em Five’ Intercollegiate, where the team carded a 586.
“We got better as the day went on,” said Young. “It was good to see the girls being aggressive but we need to just eliminate a couple mistakes.”
The day began with the Rams shooting a 295, led by senior Christina Spinzig who finished the first 18 holes with an even round 72. Spinzig, a native of Evergreen, Colo., birdied three of her first four holes to start two-under. Spinzig’s Classmates Betsy Kelly and Emily Roering, playing in the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, respectively, also finished the first round in the top 50. Kelly and Roering carded two-over 74s.
Earlier this week, Young said playing two rounds on the first day can be detrimental to the team if they are struggling or beneficial if they are playing well. On Sunday it helped as the Rams improved their score in the second round, carding a 293 (+3).
CSU’s three-over performance in the second round is their lowest single round since the Price’s ‘Give ‘Em Five’ Intercollegiate in Oct. 2012, where the Rams shot a 289.
Heading into the final round on Monday, CSU sits in a tie for 12th place but only three strokes out of the top 10.
Roering leads the Rams at one-over after 36 holes, putting her in a tie for 24th. Spinzig is only two strokes behind Roering after carding a 147, and two strokes behind Spinzig is Kelly and Elisabeth Rau (149).
Rau, a freshman from Irving, Texas, recorded the best single round of her career shooting an even-par 72 in the second round.
Junior Jessa LaBarbera rounded out the CSU lineup with a 151 (+7).
The Westbrook Spring Invitational, which features 10 top-100 programs in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings, might be the most competitive tournament the Rams play this season. Ohio State’s Jessica Porvasnik leads the tournament with a two-round score of 132 (-12), ahead of Oregon’s Cathleen Santoso (-11).
Oregon, ranked No. 19 nationally, leads the tournament, with a two-round score of 553 (-23), six strokes ahead of No. 35 Ohio State (559).
Competition resumes Monday morning with a shotgun start slated for 8 a.m. MT. Live scoring throughout the Westbrook Spring Invitational is available at www.golfstat.com.
T12 Colorado State 295-293--588
T24 Emily Roering 74-71--145 (+1)
T36 Christina Spinzig 72-75--147 (+3)
T45 Betsy Kelly 74-75--149 (+5)
T45 Elisabeth Rau 77-72--149 (+5)
T64 Jessa LaBarbera 75-76--151 (+7)
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