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Women's golf preview: Spartan Invitational

March 1, 2009

The Colorado State women's golf team heads back to California for the Spartan Invitational hosted by San Jose State on Monday and Tuesday.

Kasey ClaussenThis will be the second tournament in the spring season for the Rams. A total of 54 holes will be played in the invitational. Monday will consist of 36 holes with the final round of 18 being played on Tuesday. Play begins with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. MT on both Monday and Tuesday.

The Course

The tournament is held at the 6,210-yard, par-72 course at Almaden Country Club, located in San Jose, Calif.

The Field

Including Colorado State, 16 teams are set to compete in the Spartan Invitational. In-state rival Colorado and conference rival San Diego State are among the teams. The rest of the lineup includes No. 17 California, Boise State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Fresno State, Georgia State, Hawaii, Miami, Oregon, San Francisco, No. 19 San Jose State, Stanford and Washington.

Rams lineup

The players ready to represent Colorado State at the Invitational are freshman Melissa Martin, senior Stefanie Ferguson, junior Kasey Claussen, sophomore Cecilia Edlund and freshman Brianna Espinoza

Aztec Invitational Recap

Freshman Melissa Martin began the tournament in strong fashion with a first-round score of 74 (+2) and came out as the Rams’ top finisher. Senior Stefanie Ferguson fired a 72 in the last round, 13 strokes less than her second round, allowing her to jump from a tie at 66th to a tie at 38th. Due to weather delays, Cecilia Edlund, among other individual competitors, was withdrawn from the tournament during the second round. In spite of bad weather, the team managed to finish in 13th place out of 18 teams.


  • The team has placed in the top 10 four times so far this season.
  • Kasey Claussen currently ranks fifth in the Mountain West Conference in stroke average (73.78).
  • Five of the golfers (Claussen, Melissa Martin, Stefanie Ferguson, Natalie Stone, and Cecilia Edlund) rank in the top 20 in the MWC for stroke average. 
  • CSU is ranked third in the conference in team stroke average (299.33).
  • Colorado State is third in the nation for par 3 scoring with an average of 3.11.
  • Women’s golf has the highest team GPA among all of the varsity programs at CSU.

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