Sept. 30, 2008
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- The Colorado State women’s golf team shattered the school record for a three-round tournament score and tied the team single-round record Tuesday, as the Rams finished fourth at the Heather Farr/CU Memorial Invitational at the Omni Interlocken Resort. The fourth-place finish gives the Rams two consecutive top 5s and four consecutive Top 10s dating back to the 2007-08 season.
“Our goal was to move up,” said Head Coach Angie Hopkins following her team’s record-setting performance. “Obviously we were hoping for a top-3 finish, but for all of our golfers to compete the way they did and to finish 2-under was great to see. We’re improving and gaining confidence with every tournament.”
CSU’s lineup of senior Stefanie Ferguson, juniors Natalie Stone and Kasey Claussen, sophomore Cecilia Edlund and freshman Melissa Martin, combined for a three-round total of 870 (+6), eclipsing the four-year-old record of 876 set at the Rams’ own Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in 2004.
“I thought that this was really a team effort,” added Hopkins. “Every one of our golfers contributed during the tournament.“
However, it was Stone who keyed the Rams’ late tournament surge with a stellar performance over her final 18 holes. Stone shaved four strokes off of her second-round score and fired the career-low individual round of 69 (-3) to pace the Rams. Stone finished at even-par in a tie for 13th for the tournament, one stroke behind the Rams’ top finisher, Claussen.
Claussen, who opened the tournament with a career-best 68 on Monday, held on for her first top 10 finish of the season. Her three-round total of 215 (-1) was good for a share of eighth place, while Martin bounced back from a tough second round to place tied for 32nd at 7-over-par (73-79-71).
Ferguson battled her way to a solid finish, posting rounds of 72 and 73 in the final 36 holes after opening the tournament with an 83. Ferguson and Edlund (74-76-78) finished tied for 52nd overall, along with freshman Brianna Espinoza (75-75-79), who was competing as an individual.
The Rams will have the next week off from competition, as the team begins preparation for the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M., Oct. 13-15.
4 Colorado State 289-295-286--870 T8 Kasey Claussen 68-74-73—215 T13 Natalie Stone 74-73-69—216 T32 Melissa Martin 73-79-71—223 T52 Cecilia Edlund 74-76-78—228 T52 Stefanie Ferguson 83-72-73—238 T52 *Brianna Espinoza 74-75-79—228
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