Junior Betsy Kelly
Oct. 10, 2012
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Colorado State women's golf program notched its best finish of the season, behind top-10 individual finishes by juniors Betsy Kelly and Emily Roering at the Price's "Give `Em Five" Intercollegiate at the New Mexico State Golf Course.
The Rams entered Wednesday's final round just three strokes out of the lead, but the team shot 17-over as a team to slip into the fourth-place finish.
Despite the Rams' struggles in the final round, interim head coach Susan Jennings was pleased with the improvement her team showed throughout the tournament.
"I'm happy with a top-five finish," said Jennings. "We had a chance (to win) going into today and our nerves go the best of us. Hopefully we learned from our experience today, and we can handle the situation better the next time."
Kelly, a native of Forest Lake, Minn., carded a final-round score of 74 (+2) to capture her first top-five finish of the season, and her best finish since a fourth-place outing at last year's Price's Intercollegiate. She finished with a three-round total of 218 (+2), also her lowest tournament score since last year's event.
Classmate Emily Roering, a Glenwood, Minn., native, toughed her way through the final round of action, carding a 78 (+6) to slip from sole possession of second place into a tie for 10th. It marked Roering's best individual finish since a second-place showing at the 2010 Heather Farr/CU Memorial, and the lowest three-round total (4-over, 220) of her career at Colorado State.
Senior Cecilie Krefting matched Roering's final round 78 to finish tied for 49th with teammates Christina Spinzig (77-79-75--231) and Sarah Roering (79-76-76--231), who was competing as an individual.
Redshirt freshman Mikayla Tatman finished tied for 53rd with a career-best total of 232.
Kansas' Yupaporn Kawinpakorn was the wire-to-wire winner, finishing five strokes ahead of Kelly. KU captured the team title with a total score of 871 (+7), ten strokes better than second-place Washington State, and 12 strokes ahead of third-place Idaho. The Rams were eight strokes off the Vandals' pace and held off Boise State, who rounded out the top-five, by two strokes.
The Rams have one more tournament of the fall season when the team heads to Boulder City, Nev., to compete in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Oct. 21-23. CSU's spring slate begins Feb. 24-25 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., the first of five regular-season tournaments on the schedule.
*Competing as an individual