Colorado State's Espinoza Wins Wyoming Cowgirl Classic
April 11, 2012
By Ryan A. Johnson
Athletic Media Relations
CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Colorado State women's golf team secured second place at the 24-team Wyoming Cowgirl Classic at Ocotillo Golf Club on Wednesday. CSU's Brianna Espinoza separated from the rest of the 127-player field to take home the championship.
"Bri had a solid performance today in some tough conditions," said Head Coach Angie Collier. "The wind was swirling and the course played tough."
Espinoza, who led the competition from start to finish, followed up two consecutive 68's with an even-par 72 in the final round to capture the individual title. Espinoza's three-round total of 208 (-8) was her lowest total of the season and an all-time Wyoming Cowgirl Classic record. Her 208 total eclipsed the previous course record, set last year by Britney Yada (213) of Portland State, by five strokes.
Espinoza was able to hold off second-place finisher Kristi Cardwell of Iowa (-3). Julie Shutler (+1) of Sacramento State finished third followed by Tiffany Schoning (+2) of Portland State and Britney Yada (+3) also of Portland State.
In the team competition, CSU (890) battled Iowa (884) all-three days eventually finishing second, its best finish of the season. The Rams were followed by Portland State (901), UTEP (905) and Sacramento State (907).
"Second place is a good finish for our young team," commented Collier. "This has been a nice boost to the confidence of our team."
Christina Spinzig posted her best finish of the season with a 226 (+10). Cecilie Krefting also carded her best finish of the season moving up from 53rd to a tie for 39th with a 229 (+13). Betsy Kelly finished with a 231 (+15) and Sarah Roering had shot a 241 (+25). Jessa LaBarbera finished with a 237 (+21) as an individual.
The Rams hope to use the confidence they gained from this tournament when they head to the Mountain West Championship on April 19th.