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Sports / Recreation

Strong fall propels women's golf into second half of season

February 6, 2009

With the start of the spring season this weekend, the Colorado State women's golf program is eager to get back on the course. After turning in one of the finest fall seasons in program history, the Rams will look to build on their momentum and finish the 2008-09 season on a high note.

Kasey ClaussenSeason begins Feb. 15-17

The team wrapped up the fall portion of its schedule in late October at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, capping a sensational first half of the season. The Aztec Spring Invitational, Feb. 15-17, can’t get here soon enough for Head Coach Angie Hopkins’ squad.

As a team this fall, Colorado State captured two top-five finishes - a fourth-place showing at the Heather Farr/CU Memorial (Sept. 29-30) and a fifth-place finish at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational (Sept. 18-20) - and four top-10 finishes overall.

Broken records

Along the way, the team surpassed many milestones and rewrote its record book. They twice set the school record for a three-round team score, shooting an 870 at the Heather Farr/CU Memorial and eclipsing that mark by one stroke with an 869 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. Both marks shattered the previous record of 876 set in 2004.

The Rams have combined for a team scoring average of 295.87, eight strokes better than the school record 303.87 set during the 2004-05 season.

Individuals

Individually, junior Kasey Claussen has etched her name into the Rams’ record book. The junior from Fort Collins ranked as the team’s top finisher in the last three fall tournaments and shot a five-under 67 on Oct. 15 at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M., to tie the school record set in 2005.

Claussen, freshman Melissa Martin and junior Natalie Stone rank first, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Mountain West Conference in terms of stroke average. Claussen posted an average of 72.67, while Martin sits at 75.27, just ahead of Stone (75.33).

Senior Stefanie Ferguson (11th, 76.00), freshman Brianna Espinoza (12th, 76.17) and sophomore Cecilia Edlund (16th, 76.92) make CSU the only school in the MWC with six players ranked in the top 16 in the conference.

National recognition

Colorado State is also being noticed on a national level, as the team is ranked 50th out of 240 programs in the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index, and peaked this fall, reaching 25th on the list.

CSU also leads the nation in Par-3 scoring, with an average of 3.06, ahead of top programs LSU, Oklahoma State and UCLA, according to Golfstat.com. Individually, Claussen ranks second in the category.

Academics

In addition to the successes enjoyed on the course, the team also regained its spot atop the CSU athletic department, posting the highest team GPA among the Rams’ 16 varsity athletics programs. The team had a semester GPA of 3.33 and has an overall cumulative GPA of 3.31. A business major, Ferguson led the way with a fall semester GPA of 3.80. Sophomore Sarah Anast, a health & exercise science major, is close behind with a 3.76. Overall, five of the eight team members have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

With the athletic ability to perform on the course, and the academic aptitude to excel in the classroom, the sky is the limit for the CSU women’s golf team as it sets out on the second half of the 2008-09 schedule.


Contact: Danny Mattie
Phone: (970) 491-5067