April 25, 2014
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The Colorado State women’s golf team climbed two spots to seventh place during the second round of the Mountain West Championship.
Behind the strong play of freshman Elisabeth Rau, the Rams (616) shot a 305 (+17) on Friday to move ahead of Nevada (618) and Wyoming (627).
“We had it going great with a few holes left,” Head Coach Annie Young said. “It was unfortunate we didn’t finish out the round as well as we would have liked, but it was progress. A good day tomorrow could go a long way.”
Rau bounced back from a disappointing eight-over par first round to shoot a team-best 73 (+1) in the second round. The native of Irving, Texas, carded five birdies on Friday, including two on the final three holes. Through 36 holes, Rau is sitting in a tie for 21st after jumping 17 spots in round two. She is seeking her first top-20 finish.
“Elisabeth played very solid golf today,” Young said. “She hit the ball great and made a number of birdies.”
Leading the Rams through the first two rounds is senior Emily Roering. Roering, who shot a five-over 77 on Thursday, carded a two-over 74 on Friday. She moved up nine spots and into a tie for 15th at seven-over 151, two strokes ahead of Rau. The product of Glenwood, Minn., led the Rams with six birdies.
Classmate Christina Spinzig shot a six-over 78 for the second consecutive round and is tied for 32nd heading into the final day. Junior Jessa LaBarbera and sophomore Mikayla Tatman are tied for 38th and tied for 40th, respectively.
New Mexico (589) is holding on to a narrow three-stroke lead over Fresno State (592). 45th-ranked UNLV (593), San Jose State (594), Boise State (601) and San Diego State (601), round out the top-5.
Atop the individual leaderboard is a four-way tie for first. Fresno State’s Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir and Madchen Ly, UNLV’s Dana Finkelstein and New Mexico’s Manon Molle are all two-under for the tournament.
The final round begins Saturday at 8 a.m. as sophomore Mikayla Tatman will be the first to tee off for the Rams. Again, CSU will be paired up with golfers from Nevada and Wyoming. Fans can follow all the action on www.GolfStatResults.com.
7 Colorado State 311-305--616 (+40)
T15 Emily Roering 77-74--151 (+7)
T21 Elisabeth Rau 80-73--153 (+9)
T32 Christina Spinzig 78-78--156 (+12)
T38 Jessa LaBarbera 76-84—160 (+16)
T40 Mikayla Tatman 83-80--163 (+19)
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