Women's golf preview: Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational

Sarah Roering makes her 2012-13 debut Monday at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational.

Sarah Roering makes her 2012-13 debut Monday at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational.

Sept. 15, 2012

Preview Release

Next on the tee...
The Colorado State women’s golf team travels Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, Sept. 17-18.  It marks the Rams’ second tournament of the fall season.  The event is hosted by the University of New Mexico. 

The tournament field...
The 2012 Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational will feature 17 teams.  Host New Mexico is one of four Mountain West foes, along with San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming, that Colorado State will be competing against.  The Rams will also matchup for a second straight week against rival Colorado.  Defending champion Baylor returns, and BYU, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pepperdine, TCU, UC Davis and UTEP round out the field. 

The Rams’ lineup...
Colorado State’s lineup for the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational will be led for the second straight week by redshirt junior Emily Roering.  Juniors Betsy Kelly and Christina Spinzig will play the Nos. 2 and 3 spots for the Rams, while redshirt freshman Mikayla Tatman tees off in the four spot. Junior Sarah Roering makes her 2012-13 debut, playing at the No. 5 spot, while sophomore Jessa LaBarbera is slated to compete as an individual. 

The setting...
The Rams will tee off this week at the UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M.  The course, which has hosted the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational since its inception in 1979, features a par-73 layout that sprawls 6,192 yards.


 

 

A catalyst for Kelly...
Then-sophomore Betsy Kelly carded rounds of 76-72-72 to finish tied for seventh at the 2011 Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, leading the Rams to a top-10 finish in the 18-team field.  Kelly’s showing was the catalyst for an outstanding three-tournament stretch for the Forest Lake, Minn., native.  Following that tournament, Kelly went on to a sixth-place finish and a fourth-place showing at the Johnie Imes Invitational and the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate, respectively. 

Emily Roering back on the course...
Emily Roering returned to the course for the Colorado State women’s golf program at last week’s Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic, leading the Rams to an 11th-place finish.  Roering improved each round opening with scores of 77 and 76 on Day 1, before closing out the tournament with a 72 in the final round.  Roering is a redshirt junior in 2012-13 after being granted a medical hardship waiver in 2011-12 following a back injury that forced her to withdraw from two fall tournaments, and complete just one other on the season. 

Returning Rams...
Colorado State returns an experienced group of players in 2012-13, with a roster made up of one senior (Cecilie Krefting), four juniors (Betsy Kelly, Emily Roering, Sarah Roering and Christina Spinzig) and a pair of sophomores (Haley King and Jess LaBarbera) with collegiate playing experience.  Mikayla Tatman returns as a redshirt freshman in 2012-13, and true freshman Jordan Carter joins the Rams from Cienega High School in Vail, Ariz. 

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) in 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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