March 3, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Colorado State women’s golf team wrapped up the first two rounds of the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational on Monday with its best showing in the event in six years.
Playing at the Almaden Golf & Country Club in San Josè State’s tournament for the eighth-consecutive year, the Rams sit in 10th place after a two-round score of 607.
“The girls played solid,” Head Coach Annie Young said. “We gave a few shots away late in the rounds but a good round tomorrow will go a long way.”
CSU was led by senior Emily Roering and junior Jessa LaBarbera, who is playing some of her best collegiate golf since returning to Fort Collins from winter break. Heading into the final round on Tuesday, these two Rams are currently sitting in a tie for 20th place, carding six-over 150s.
In the opening round, the Rams came out recording pars and led the tournament after six holes, but in the end CSU finished in a tie for eighth place after carding a 305. With light rain falling during the second round, CSU carded a 302, led by Roering’s one-over.
Freshman Elisabeth Rau and senior Christina Spinzig are tied for 40th place, shooting 154 (+10) after 36 holes, and senior Betsy Kelly rounds out the Rams’ lineup at 160 (+16).
The Rams’ second-round total of 302 (+14), is CSU’s best single-round score at the Spartan Invitational since March 4, 2008, when the Stefanie Ferguson-led Rams carded a 301.
Monday’s first two rounds demonstrate the improvement the Rams have made under Young in her first season at CSU. After the first day at the Spartan Invitational last year, the Rams were in last place at 60-over par.
CSU leads three Mountain West opponents after two rounds. Boise State sits in 11th (609); Fresno State is in 12th (612); and Nevada is 13th (619).
Oregon, ranked No. 20 nationally by GolfWeek, leads the tournament with a two-round score of 588 (+12). The Ducks are barely holding off No. 35 UC Davis, which is just two strokes behind.
The final round will begin Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. MT. Live scoring is available on golfstat.com.
10 Colorado State 305-302 – 607 (+31)
T20 Jessa LaBarbera 73-77 – 150 (+6)
T20 Emily Roering 77-73 – 150 (+6)
T40 Elisabeth Rau 79-75 – 154 (+10)
T40 Christina Spinzig 76-78 – 154 (+10)
T63 Betsy Kelly 83-77 – 160 (+16)
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