Apparently the motto “birdies and greens”, which the CSU women’s golf team dubbed as its motto for the past couple days, was taken to heart Tuesday for the third and final round of the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic. The Rams gained ground from their 9th-place finish on Monday to finish in a tie for fifth in the 20-team field.
“I have a team of determined young ladies,” said CSU coach Angie Hopkins. “They held it together very well today, and I am very proud”.
Junior Stefanie Ferguson had a tremendous day on the course Tuesday, shooting 1-under par for the final round and finishing the tournament with a score of 8-over. Ferguson, who started the day tied for the 40th, jumped to an eight-way tie for the 21st.
“I had a rough start,” Ferguson said. “Then I just started making my putts.”
Cal’s Shannon Yocum led the field of 105 golfers at 2-under for the tournament. Yocum’s teammate Pia Halbig finished second, as the Golden Bears were successful in Fort Collins again, taking home the team title.
Sophomore Natalie Stone finished the tournament with a final score of 8-over par, which also placed her in the eight-way tie for 21st. Stone finished tied for 13th in the same tournament last year after recording a tournament stroke average of 74, which she matched this year.
“For the first tournament of the year, I thought I did alright,” Stone said. “There is always room for improvement.”
Freshman Kasey Claussen, who put up impressive numbers in the first round on Monday shooting a 1-over par, slipped in her final two rounds and shot a combined 9-over, placing her in a five-way tie for 29th.
“The first round went very well,” Claussen said. “I got a little tired in the second round and was scrambling in the third round for par. I feel good about my performance for how I hit the ball.”
The Rams also showed off their young talent in true freshman Kayley Kempton. Kempton shot a final round score of 2-over par, landing her in the 49th position.
“I am very proud of Kayley,” Hopkins said. “She put on a show today, and she is only a freshman.”
At the beginning of the season the Rams goal was to place in the top-five in every tournament they played in, and with their showing on Monday and Tuesday, the Rams look well on their way to achieving that goal.
The team will return to competition next Monday and Tuesday in Denver at the Ron Moore Invitational.
1. Cal +4
2. Washington State +23
3. BYU +27
T3. CU +27
5. CSU +34
T5. San Jose State +34
1. Shannon Yocum (Cal) -2
2. Pia Halbig (Cal) E
3. Mary Mattson (Campbell) +1
T3.Daphne Vines (BYU) +1
T21. Stefanie Ferguson (CSU) +8
T21. Natalie Stone CSU +8
T29. Kasey Claussen CSU +9
T49. Kayley Kempton CSU+17
T55. Cecilia Edlund CSU +18