April 10, 2013
CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Colorado State women’s golf team continued its steady play through Wednesday’s final round of action at the 2013 Wyoming Cowgirl Classic, posting its best finish of the spring season, and the team’s second top-5 finish of the year, with a fifth-place showing in the 19-team field at Ocotillo Golf Resort.
“I’m pleased with our top-five finish, but I know we could have finished better” said Head Coach Susan Jennings. “We played our first nine pretty good but just did not finish well.”
Junior Emily Roering paced the Rams’ lineup in Round 3 with a 4-over 76 to record her third top-20 finish of the season. Roering finished with a three-round total of 231 (+15) in a tie for 14th place. It marked the sixth time in nine tournaments this season that Roering has placed as the Rams’ top finisher.
But it was a total team effort that helped CSU to their fifth-place showing, as four golfers placed in the top 40 on the individual leader board, making CSU one of only two schools, along with tournament winner Boise State, to make that claim.
Sophomore Jessa LaBarbera posted a career-best finish, tying for 35th, with a three-round total of 238 (+22). LaBarbera was one of three Rams to finish with a final-round score of 78, as junior Christina Spinzig (239) and redshirt freshman Mikayla Tatman (242) rounded out the scoring for the Rams and finished tied for 37th and 52nd, respectively.
Junior Betsy Kelly was the Rams’ No. 2 overall finisher with a three-round score of 236 (+20), but did not figure into the scoring during Wednesday’s final round after carding an 80. Kelly tied for 32nd in the 103-player field.
Rams’ junior Sarah Roering also competed as an individual in the tournament, posting a season low in Wednesday’s third round with a 73 (+1) to finish tied for 22nd, also a season-best, and her best tournament finish since a career-best tie for 13th at the 2011 Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational.
Boise State (307-301-293—901) picked up the team tournament victory behind a first-place showing by Hayley Young, who fired a three-round score of 214 (-2) to cruise to the seven-stroke victory.
The Rams return to the links next week at the Fresno State Lexus Classic, the team’s final tune-up before heading into the 2013 Mountain West Championships. The 15-team tournament will be played April 15-16 at the Copper River Country Club in Fresno, Calif.