March 4, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Despite a strong start at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational by the Colorado State women's golf team on Monday and its best round of the tournament on Tuesday, the team slid into 11th place on the final day of the competition at the Almaden Golf & Country Club.
"Overall, I think we played better as a team," Head Coach Annie Young said. "We shot lower each round, which was great to see. We still have work to do but we are headed in the right direction."
With the Rams carding a 300 on their final day, the team's best single-round score at the Spartan Invitational since March 6, 2007 (299), CSU finished with a 54-hole total of 907 (+43). The three-round total of 907 is the best performance all-time at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational by the CSU women's golf team. The previous best was a 916 in 2007.
This is a dramatic improvement from last year, as CSU carded a three-round total of 968 (+104) in the same event.
On the final day, CSU was led by senior Betsy Kelly and junior Jessa LaBarbera, who both recorded a team-high four birdies and shot one-over par. Over the span of two days, LaBarbera, a native of Allen, Texas, had the most consistent play for CSU shooting a seven-over 223 to put her in a tie for 17th. This performance ties for LaBarbera's best finish, and 223 is the lowest three-round total of her career.
Finishing five strokes behind LaBarbera was Rams senior Emily Roering, who carded a three-round total of 228. Freshman Elisabeth Rau was only two strokes behind Roering, shooting a 230 and Kelly was three strokes behind her (233). Senior Christina Spinzig rounded out the CSU lineup with a 54-hole total of 234.
As a team, the Rams were four strokes out of a top-10 finish and bested Mountain West foes, Fresno State (911) and Nevada (926).
Nationally ranked Oregon held on for the team title, carding an 876 (+12), the lowest three-round total at the Spartan Invitational since UCLA in 2005 (868).
Cal State-Fullerton's Martina Edberg, Oregon's Cathleen Santoso and New Mexico's Sammi Stevens were co-medalists, all posting 54-hole totals of 213 (-3). San José State's My Leander was the only other participant under par, carding a one-under 215.
11 Colorado State 305-302-300 - 907 (+43)
T17 Jessa LaBarbera 73-77-73 - 223 (+7)
38 Emily Roering 77-73-78 - 228 (+12)
T40 Elisabeth Rau 79-75-76 - 230 (+14)
T52 Betsy Kelly 83-77-73 - 233 (+17)
T54 Christina Spinzig 76-78-80 - 234 (+18)
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