Oct. 8, 2012
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Colorado State women’s golf team opened play at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate on Monday, carding a season-low team score of 297 (+9) to sit in a tie for fourth place through 18 holes.
“We had our best start of the season today,” said interim head coach Susan Jennings. “Overall, the girls played very well.”
The Rams were led by junior Emily Roering, who carded a season-best round of 71 (-1), aided by four birdies on the round. Roering sits in a tie for third, just two strokes off the pace set by tournament leader Yupaporn Kawinpakorn of Kansas, and one stroke behind host NMSU’s Kacey Dalpes, who sits alone in second.
“Emily played really well again today,” added Jennings.
Junior Betsy Kelly continued to improve as well, bouncing back from a slow start to turn in an impressive performance on the back nine, including birdies on three of her final six holes, to move into a tie for 17th.
“Betsy struggled on her first few holes with a couple of balls plugged in the bunkers,” said Jennings. “She shot a 41 on her first nine but hung in there and shot three under on the second nine to finish with a 74.”
Kelly’s 74 ties for her lowest individual round of the fall season.
Senior Cecilie Krefting also impressed in her first scoring round of the early season, finishing one stroke off Kelly’s pace to sit in a tie for 22nd with a 3-over 75. The 75 matches her season-best single-round set as an individual competitor in the Rams’ own Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic in September.
“We are just beginning to hit the ball better, and we are hitting more greens in regulation,” said Jennings. “As a team, we need to make a few more putts.
“The team hung in there and fought through some tough holes. They had fun today and are looking forward to playing well again tomorrow.”
Idaho leads the tournament after Day 1, shooting a 290 (+2). Kansas (+6) and Washington State (+8) sit just ahead of the Rams in second and third, respectively. CSU is also tied with Mountain West foe Nevada.
Rams’ junior Sarah Roering, competing as an individual, turned in an opening round of 79 (+7).
Tomorrow’s Round 2 of the 56-hole tournament is slated to begin with an 8:30 a.m. MT shotgun start. The Rams will be paired with Nevada and host New Mexico State.
*Competing as an individual
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