Women's golf preview: 2013 Mountain West Championship

Junior Betsy Kelly tied for second place at the 2011 Mountain West Championsip.

Junior Betsy Kelly tied for second place at the 2011 Mountain West Championsip.

April 23, 2013

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Next on the tee...
The Colorado State women’s golf team travels to Rancho Mirage, Calif., to compete in the 2013 Mountain West Women’s Golf Championship, April 25-27.  It marks  the 13th year that Colorado State, a founding member of the Mountain West, has competed in the event. CSU’s top finish at the conference championship was a tie for second in 2001. CSU has six all-time top-three finishes at the Mountain West championship.

The setting...
The Rams will tee off this week for 54 holes in three days at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., a par-72 course that sprawls 6,324 yards.  The tournament opens with 18 holes on Thursday, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. PT., continuing with Round 2 on Friday and wrapping up with Saturday’s final round.

Live Scoring...
The Mountain West will provide live hole-by-hole scoring at the 2013 Women’s Golf Championship. Live action can be tracked on the tournament central page, located at www.TheMWC.com, or directly at GolfStat.com.

The tournament field...
The 2013 Mountain West Women’s Golf Championship will feature  each of the league’s  eight women’s golf programs. Colorado State, No. 129 in the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin team rankings, will open the tournament paired with the New Mexico Lobos (149). UNLV enters competition as the highest rated team at No. 45, followed by San Diego State (75), Fresno State (83), New Mexico (87) and Nevada (90) in the top-100 nationally, while Boise State is rated just ahead of CSU at No. 114.


 

 

The Rams’ lineup...
The Rams will use their ninth different lineup of the season this week at the Mountain West Championship. The top of the CSU lineup will have a familiar look, as junior Emily Roering will play the No. 1 slot for the ninth time in 11 tournaments this season. Roering is the Rams’ leader with a stroke average of 76.30, the 11th-best mark in the Mountain West. Junior Christina Spinzig will compete in her 11th tournament of the season, playing for the sixth time at the Rams’ No. 2 spot, followed by classmate Betsy Kelly, who has also competed in every tournament for the Rams in 201-13 and makes her fourth start at the No. 3 position. Jessa LaBarbera cracks the Rams’ lineup for the fifth time this season. The sophomore has also competed three times as an individual. Redshirt freshman Mikayla Tatman will play her eighth tournament of the year, and her first as the fifth golfer in the Rams’ lineup. 

Rams at the Mountain West Championships..
The Colorado State women’s golf program has competed in the Mountain West Championships every since its inception in 2000 (13 tournaments). The Rams have 11 top-five finishes in those 13 years, including six top-three finishes.  Betsy Kelly, Christina Spinzig and Emily Roering have all competed in the Championship before. Kelly is the only member of the team to compete in two previous conference championships. She finished tied for second in 2011 and tied for 13th in 2012. Spinzig, who participated in 2012, tied for 11th. Roering, who redshirted last season due to injury, placed tied for 24h in 2011.  Then-freshman Lynette Duran took home the individual champion title for the Rams during the 2002 conference tournament.

Rams’ last tournament...
Colorado State closed out the regular season at the Fresno State Lexus Classic, tying for 14th in the 15-team tournament. The Rams were led by junior Emily Roering, who tallied her seventh tournament of the season as the team’s top finisher. Roering, a native of Glenwood, Minn., continued to improve throughout the tournament, carding her lowest round of the 54-hole event, a 75 (+3) the final round. She tallied a three-round score of 228 (+12) to finish tied for 25th, her sixth top-25 finish of the year. Junior Christina Spinzig finished one stroke behind Roering in a tie for 29th.  After carding an opening round of 75, Spinzig shaved two strokes off of her Round 2 score of 78 to card a 76 in Round 3 and finish tied for 29th with a 229 (+13). Sophomore Jessa LaBarbera and junior Betsy Kelly rounded out the scoring for the Rams in Round 3. LaBarbera posted an 81 (+9) to slide into a tie for 58th with a three-round score of 237, four strokes ahead of Kelly who tied for 66th. Senior Cecilie Krefting also competed for the Rams, finishing 78th with a three-round score of 256.

Success in the classroom...
Two of Colorado State’s key performers, juniors Betsy Kelly and Christina Spinzig, were honored at the end of the 2011-12 season when the duo was named to the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-America Scholar list. In addition, the CSU women’s golf program was recognized (along with CSU’s volleyball program) last June by the NCAA when it released its list of teams for the APR Public Recognition Awards, which highlight programs that have posted multi-year Academic Progress Rating scores in the top 10 percent for their sport. Both CSU programs posted perfect scores of 1,000 for the four-year period from 2007-08 to 2010-11.

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