Women's golf preview: Rams in second place at Cowgirl Classic

April 9, 2012

Complete results from Golfstat

By Ryan A. Johnson
Athletic Media Relations  

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Colorado State women’s golf team has propelled itself into second place after the first round of the 24-team Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. The Rams got strong performances up and down the scorecard but none better than senior Brianna Espinoza’s.
 
Espinoza is currently tied for first in the 127-player tournament with Iowa’s Kristi Cardwell after shooting a 68 (-4). Espinoza is coming off her best three-round total of the season at the MountainView Invitational and Head Coach Angie Collier is excited about her play.

“Bri had seven birdies today and was putting better than ever,” said Collier.

Christina Spinzig is tied for 14th and matched her lowest round of the season posting a 2-over 74. Spinzig was able to take advantage of her scoring chances.

“Christina had 3 birdies and played very steady all day,” commented Collier.

Betsy Kelly and Sarah Roering are in great position to finish in the top 25 and are tied for 28th after carding 3-over 75’s. Cecilie Krefting is tied for 76th after shooting a 7-over 79. Jessa LaBarbera, who is playing as an individual, is also tied for 76th with a 79.

In the team standings CSU (292) is three-strokes behind first-place Iowa (289). Sacramento State (294) is in third place followed by Nevada (295).

In the individual competition, Espinoza and Caldwell are followed by third-place Daniela Rugeles (-3) of Wichita State. Christine Cash (-2) of Xavier is fourth and Sagee Palavivatana (-1) of Sacramento State is fifth.

Collier expects today’s start to give her team a boost for the remainder of the competition.

“The team as a whole is finally healthy and fighting back from a tough spring,” she said. “Today was big for our confidence.”

The team will tee off for Round 2 tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. MST.

2 Colorado State 292
T1 Brianna Espinoza 68
T14 Christina Spinzig 74
T28 Betsy Kelly 75
T28 Sarah Roering 75
T76 Cecilie Krefting 79
T76 Jessa LaBarbera 79