Feb. 13, 2009
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Next on the tee...
The Colorado State women’s golf team tees off the spring season at the Aztec Invitational, hosted by San Diego State University, Sunday through Tuesday. The tournament consists of 54-holes. Rounds on Sunday and Monday begin at 8 a.m. MT, while Tuesday’s final rounds begins with a 9 a.m. MT shotgun start.
The tournament will be played at the 6,187-yard, par-72, Salt Creek Golf Course, located in Chula Vista, Calif.
Including Colorado State, 18 teams will be competing in the Aztec Invitational. Three Mountain West Conference foes, New Mexico, San Diego State and Wyoming, will make up part of the field Other teams competing will be Arkansas-Little Rock, Colorado, East Tennessee State, Hawai’i, Long Beach State, Nebraska, Nevada, Sacramento State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Texas Tech, UC Irvine, and UTEP.
Competing for the Rams will be junior Kasey Claussen, senior Stefanie Ferguson, junior Natalie Stone, freshman Melissa Martin and freshman Brianna Espinoza. Sophomore Cecilia Edlund will also compete as an individual.
Live scoring ...
Live scoring of each round of the Aztec Invitational wil be available at GolfStat.com.
Recapping the fall...
The Colorado State women’s golf program is coming off of one of the best fall seasons in school history, having notched two top-5 finishes and four top-10 finishes, while setting numerous team and individual records.
The Rams twice set the school record for a three-round team score, shooting an 870 at the Heather Farr/CU Memorial and eclipsing that mark with an 869 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. Both marks shattered the previous record of 876 set in 2004.
Those tournament scores were made possible by record-setting play in the final rounds of each event. At the Heather Farr/CU Memorial, the Rams tied the previous school record with a team single-round score of 286 in the final round, and broke the record with a 282 in Round 3 of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. The Rams have combined for a team scoring average of 295.87, eight strokes better than the school record 303.87 set during the 2004-05 season.
Individually, junior Kasey Claussen has etched her name into the Rams’ record book. The junior from Fort Collins ranked as the team’s top finisher in the last three fall tournaments and shot a five-under 67 on Oct. 15 at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M., to tie the school record set in 2005.
Claussen, freshman Melissa Martin and junior Natalie Stone rank first, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Mountain West Conference in terms of stroke average. Claussen posted an average of 72.67, while Martin sits at 75.27, just ahead of Stone at 75.33.
Senior Stefanie Ferguson (11th, 76.00), freshman Brianna Espinoza (12th, 76.17) and sophomore Cecilia Edlund (16th, 76.92) make CSU the only school in the MWC with six players ranked in the top 16 in the conference.
Colorado State is also being noticed on a national level, as the team is ranked 50th out of 240 programs in the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index, and peaked this fall, reaching 25th on the list.