Feb. 25, 2013
PEORIA, Ariz. – The Colorado State women’s golf team concluded play on Monday at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, the Rams’ first tournament action of the spring schedule, finishing in 12th place in the strong 13-team field that featured 10 top-100 programs in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings.
“I feel like we are very close to breaking through,” said Rams’ head coach Susan Jennings after her team’s final round of action. “We are working on focusing on all of our positives.”
And the Rams had several positives to focus on as their spring season continues over the coming weeks, including improved play from top to bottom in the Rams’ lineup.
In a tournament field that included 74 competitors, the Rams were one of nine programs to place four performers in the top-50 individually, joining No. 14 Texas Tech, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 9 Washington, No. 51 indiana, No. 65 Mississippi State, No. 95 Eastern Michigan, No. 85 Iowa and No. 117 Illinois.
Emily Roering picked up where she left off in the fall season, pacing the squad for the fourth time in six tournaments in 2012-13. The junior from Glenwood, Minn., capped her third round in strong fashion, carding birdies on two of last three holes to finish with a 3-over 75 and move into a tie for 31st with a three-round score of 228 (+12).
Spinzig, who was coming off of a season-low round of 73 on Sunday evening, finished her tournament with a five-over 77 to shoot a three-round total of 230 (+14). She tied for 36th, her best individual finish of the season, and her lowest tournament score and finish since carding a 229 to finish tied for 11th at the 2012 Mountain West Championships.
Kelly bounced back from a slow start to the tournament. After carding rounds of 79 and 77 on Day 1, she stayed on track throughout Monday’s final round to post a 75 and finish tied for 42nd with a three-round total of 231 (+15).
“Betsy was very steady,” added Jennings. “Her short game was strong today.”
Redshirt freshman Mikayla Tatman rounded out the scoring for the Rams, carding a 76 to finish the tournament tied for 48th, and senior Cecilie Krefting closed the tournament in a tie for 64th, five strokes off Tatman’s pace with a three-round total of 238.
CSU sophomore Jessa LaBarbera finished fifth among individual competitors in the field, carding rounds of 74, 78 and 81 to finish tied with Tatman for 48th overall at 17 over par.
Colorado State returns to the course next week, March 4-5, at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational in San Jose, Calif.
|T48||Jessa LaBarbera *||74-78-81-233|
|*Competing as an individual|
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