Women's golf preview: CSU in Arizona for Cowgirl Classic

April 6, 2012

Complete release

By Ryan A. Johnson
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women's golf team will travel to Chandler, Ariz., for the 24-team Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on Monday. This will be the team's final tournament before the Mountain West Championship on April 19th.
The Cowgirl Classic will be held at the par-72 Ocotillo Golf Resort which spans 6,184 yards. 18 holes will be played on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for a total of 36 holes. All three days will begin at 7:30 MST.
In addition to Colorado State, the field will include Wyoming, Boise State, Creighton, Eastern Washington, Iowa, Montana, Montana State, Nevada, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, Seattle, South Dakota State, Southern Utah, UC Riverside, Utah Valley, UTEP, Weber State, Wichita State and Xavier.
Playing for the Rams will be Brianna Espinoza, Betsy Kelly, Sarah Roering, Cecilie Krefting and Christina Spinzig. Jessa LaBarbera will be playing as an individual.  
Rams at the Cowgirl Classic...
The last time the Rams played in the Cowgirl Classic was in 2010 when they posted a third place finish. The team ended up only two-strokes out of second place.
Espinoza led the way for the Rams in 2010. She posted her best finish of her career to that point, a fifth place tie. Besides Espinoza, the only Ram returning to the Cowgirl Classic is Krefting who finished 75th in 2010.
Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational...
The Rams struggled in the first-two rounds last week at the MountainView Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., but they came on strong to finish out the tournament on a high note in the final round. The team gained some much needed confidence heading into this week after posting a 293 in the third round, one of the day's lowest team total.
Espinoza finished tied for 13th and posted her season-best three-round total of 218. Kelly and Krefting each posted a 230 (+14). Roering carded a 238 (+22) and Spinzig shot  a 228 (+12) as an individual.