Feb. 13, 2014
Next on the tee...
The Colorado State women's golf team begins its spring campaign in New Braunfels, Texas at the Jim West Challenge on Monday Feb. 17. This will be the first team event in Texas the Rams have participated in since March of 2009. That year CSU placed eighth out of 14 teams at the Baylor Spring Invitational in Waco, Texas.
Jim West Challenge format...
The 15- team field will be participating in a 54-hole, two day tournament, played on the par 71, 6,178-yard Bandit Golf Club in New Braunfels, Texas, just an hour outside of Austin and San Antonio. Beginning on Monday at 8:15 a.m. CT (7:15 a.m. MT), the teams will play 36 holes in a shotgun start with the final 18 holes being played on Tuesday. The lowest four individual scores will determine the team scores for each round.
Texas State (57)
Cal State Fullerton (78)
Colorado State (106)
Ball State (107)
Boise State (119)
New Mexico State (130)
Eastern Michigan (132)
Arkansas-Little Rock (139)
Boston College (148)
Missouri State (151)
University of the Incarnate Word (NR)
The Rams' lineup...
Senior Emily Roering leads Colorado State's lineup for the Jim West Challenge. Christina Spinzig will play in the No. 2 spot. Betsy Kelly and Jessa LaBarbera will compete in the Nos. 3 and 4 spots and rounding out the CSU lineup is true freshman Elisabeth Rau. This will be Rau's second collegiate appearance, after making her debut in the fall finale at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational.
Colorado State returns one of their most experienced group of players in many years. The 2013-14 roster is made up of four seniors (Emily Roering, Christina Spinzig, Sarah Roering and Betsy Kelly), one junior (Jessa LaBarbera) and a pair of sophomores (Mikayla Tatman and Haley King) with collegiate playing experience. New to the CSU women's golf program is Elisabeth Rau, from Irving, Texas, and Yesong Han out of Yuma, Ariz.
At the Rainbow Wahine Invitational played at the Leilehua Golf Course in Honolulu, the Rams finished fourth out of eight teams. The Rams' three-round total of 907 was the best of the year and it positioned the team for a chance to win the tournament on the final day. Emily Roering (T11), Christina Spinzig (T11) and Jessa LaBarbera (T17), all recorded top-20 finishes. This marked the first time since Oct. of 2011 that Colorado State had three golfers in the top-20.
Ferguson named the best...
Former CSU women's golfer, Stefanie Ferguson was voted the Best Instructor for Women by Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine at the beginning of the February. Ferguson was a team captain for the Rams while competing from 2005 to 2009. She is now the LPGA Lead Instructor at Green Valley Ranch Golf Academy in Denver, Colo.
Fans can track the Rams during the 54-hole tournament as Texas State, the host of the Jim West Challenge, offers live scoring at www.birdiefire.com.
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