CSU's Kelly, Spinzig garner All-America Scholar accolades

July 6, 2012

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By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Colorado State women’s golfers Betsy Kelly and Christina Spinzig were honored Friday when the duo was named to the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-America Scholar list, joining 583 other women’s golfers from all divisions of NCAA competition.

Kelly and Spinzig, both business administration majors who completed their sophomore years with the Rams in 2011-12, are first-time honorees.  To be eligible for inclusion on the All-America Scholar list, golfers must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5. 

Kelly, who hails from Forest Lake, Minn., ranked second on the team and sixth overall in the Mountain West with a stroke average of 75.33 last season.  She competed in all 11 regular-season tournaments for the Rams and fired a low round of 68 to open the year at the Rams’ home tournament, the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic.  Kelly posted her best finish of the season (fourth) in Las Cruces, N.M., at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational, carding a three-round total of 214 (-2). 

Spinzig, a native of Evergreen, Colo., appeared in six tournaments for the Rams, closing out the 2011-12 campaign with a career-best finish (T-11th) at the Mountain West Championships in Litchfield Park, Ariz. Spinzig posted a stroke average of 79.19 on the season, and carded a low round of 72 to open play at the conference tournament. 

Colorado State has now had at least one women’s golfer named to the prestigious list in each of the last 14 seasons.  Overall, 15 different golfers have been cited 30 times since Amy Powell earned the Rams’ first nods in 1994 and 1995. 

The recognition for Kelly and Spinzig comes less than one month after the entire women’s golf program, along with the CSU volleyball team, was recognized by the NCAA with a Public Recognition Award for a perfect multi-year Academic Progress Rating (APR) score.