Oct. 31, 2013
HONOLULU - The Colorado State women's golf team closed the fall season on Thursday, capturing a fourth-place finish at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational at the Leilehua Golf Course.
It was the first tournament this fall that the Rams had a legitimate chance at winning the event.
Entering Thursday, host Hawai'i led the tournament by four strokes, but CSU stormed back to tie for first-place through the first five holes. In the end, the Rams shot a 16-over 304 and finished in fourth with a 43-over 907.
"It was great to be in contention down the stretch," said first-year Head Coach Annie Young. "The girls played hard and unfortunately it didn't work out for us this time."
The Rams' three-round score of 907 was their best performance of the fall season.
For only the second time in two years, CSU had two golfers finish in the top-15. Seniors Emily Roering and Christina Spinzig each carded three-round totals of 226 putting them in a tie for 11th-place.
The two seniors finished seven strokes behind medalist Charlotte Jaengkit from Grand Canyon, who finished three-over and defeated Kaitlen Parsons from Northern Arizona in a two-hole playoff.
For Spinzig, who recorded 39 pars during the three-day event, the 226 was a season-best performance. Her career-best three-round total came last March at the Mountain West Championships when the native of Evergreen, Colo., posted a 223.
Junior Jessa LaBarbera recorded her best finish of her collegiate career as she concluded the Rainbow Wahine Invitational tied for 17th after carding a 54-hole total of 227 (+11).
LaBarbera was one of five players to post an even final-round score of 72. It is the third time as a Ram she has carded a 72, tying for a career-best.
The last time CSU finished a tournament with three golfers finishing in the top-20 was Oct. 3-4, 2011 when Betsy Kelly and Brianna Espinoza tied for sixth, and Sarah Roering finished in a tie for 19th.
Betsy Kelly finished tied for 22nd and registered a three-round score of 229, one off her season low. Kelly was the only participant to record an eagle. Rounding out the Rams' lineup was Irving, Texas native Elisabeth Rau. In her first collegiate event, Rau finished 40th after shooting a 243.
Also competing from CSU was senior Sarah Roering. Roering, competing as an individual, finished the tournament scoring an 18-over 234, placing her in a tie for 32nd.
Sacramento State finished one stroke ahead of host Hawai'i to earn team honors.
The Rams will spend the next four months practicing and working out and Young says it will be a good opportunity for improvement.
"It's a time to get better," said Young. "Everyone has different things to work on for the most part."
The Rams resume tournament play on Feb. 17-18 in New Braunfels, Texas at the Jim West Challenge.
4 Colorado State - 305-298-304 -- 907
T11 Emily Roering - 77-74-75 -- 226
T11 Christina Spinzig - 77-72-77 -- 226
T17 Jessa LaBarbera - 78-77-72 -- 227
T22 Betsy Kelly - 74-75-80 - 229
T29 Sarah Roering - 78-77-79 - 234*
40 Elisabeth Rau - 77-82-84 - 243
*played as an individual