Feb. 24, 2014
PEORIA, Ariz. – The Colorado State women’s golf team carried its strong start into Monday as the Rams finished the Westbrook Spring Invitational with a three-round total of 883 (+19).
The Rams began the day strong, quickly going two-under thanks to birdies by junior Jessa LaBarbera and freshman Elisabeth Rau, propelling CSU into a tie for eighth place, ahead of nationally ranked Illinois. It wasn’t just the Rams that came out strong, the other 13 teams also played birdie-golf, and ultimately CSU finished in 12th place.
“We made progress in the right direction in regard to the score,” said first-year Head Coach Annie Young. “I thought the golf course fit our games really well and it’s a shame that we never shot the low round that was out there. I’m hoping we can build on some of the good things that we did and continue to get better.”
The Rams were paced by senior Christina Spinzig, who finished one-over par on Monday to ascend three spots on the individual leaderboard and move into a tie for 33rd. The native of Evergreen, Colo., finished the two-day event with a three-round total of 220, the lowest score of her career.
Two strokes behind Spinzig was freshman Rau and senior Emily Roering, at six-over, 222. Rau’s 220 is the lowest 54-hole total by a CSU freshman since 2010-11 when current senior Betsy Kelly carded a 213 in the Mountain West championships.
Senior Betsy Kelly finished one stroke behind Rau and Roering, tying for 51st place, shooting a 224 (+8). This was Kelly’s best three-round performance of the year. Junior LaBarbera finished one stroke off Kelly’s pace, carding a career-best 225 (+9).
The Rams’ 54-hole total of 883 was the team’s lowest finish since October of 2011 at the Price’s ‘Give ‘Em Five’ Intercollegiate, where CSU carded an 880. CSU recorded three sub 295 rounds during Wisconsin’s Westbrook Spring Invitational for the first time since September of 2009 in the 2009-10 season opener.
Ohio State earned a come-from-behind victory in the 2014 Westbrook Spring Invitational, defeating Oregon, who the Buckeye’s trailed by six strokes entering Monday, by 10 strokes. Ohio State finished the tournament with a 54-hole total of 838 (-26). The Ducks shot seven-over in the final 18 holes to finish second at 848 (-16).
Ohio State’s Jessica Porvasnik claimed medalist honors, finishing at 13-under (65-67-71—203).
The Rams return to the links March 3-4 for the Julie Inkster Spartan Invitational in San Jose, Calif.
T12 Colorado State 295-293-295--883
T33 Christina Spinzig 72-75-73--220 (+4)
T45 Elisabeth Rau 77-72-73--222 (+6)
T45 Emily Roering 74-71-77--222 (+6)
T51 Betsy Kelly 74-75-75--224 (+8)
T55 Jessa LaBarbera 75-76-74--225 (+9)
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