Sophomore Chelsea Benton, who shot a school-record 67 in November, has been named to the All-Mountain West Conference golf team.
Benton finished in the top ten of three tournaments she entered, including the Mountain West Championships – where she finished tied for tenth. Benton said she believed that finish sealed her place on the All-Conference team.
“I thought I needed to finish well at the tournament and I went out there and did,” Benton said.
Benton’s school-record 67 took place during the second round of the Las Vegas Founders Collegiate. She ended up finishing third at that event and was named Mountain West Player of the month for November.
Benton, who has two more years at CSU, is already looking towards the future.
“My plan is to gear up and make a run at Player of the Year next season, and at the very least I expect to be a first-teamer for the next two seasons,” Benton said.
Benton finished up the season with a 74.97 stroke per round average, which is the lowest ever recorded for a CSU women’s golfer. The old record was held by Mayumi Motoyama, who averaged 75.77 in the 2001-02 season.
Benton is the seventh CSU golfer to be named All-Conference and the second in as many years. Graduate Kristen Campos was named to the first team last season.
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