It may not have been at Hughes Stadium or Moby Arena, but the CSU womenâ€™s golf team got to kick off its season with as close-to-home field advantage as a team can get.
Monday morning marked the beginning of the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic just down the road for the Rams in Windsor at the Ptarmigan Country Club.
This yearâ€™s tournament consists of 17 Division-I programs that are competing in a three-round tournament that will conclude early this afternoon. The Rams thought of the tournament location as an advantage for them, as it was in their backyard.
â€œItâ€™s pretty sweet getting to play so close. It relaxes us that we have been playing here all week,â€ freshman Sarah Roering said of having familiarity with the course.
The first round started at 8:30 a.m. Monday, and, after being told by CSU coach Angie Hopkins to just go out, relax and have fun, that is exactly what the Rams did.
After the first round, CSU was in a tie for third with a score of 288, trailing only CU-Boulder and Baylor.
Steady golf with knowledge of the greens was really what got the Rams off to a great start.
â€œ(We were) being consistent and making putts that maybe donâ€™t always fall,â€ said sophomore Cecilia Krefting.
After a great start, the second round just got even better with the Rams making a surge for first place. With things going the Ramsâ€™ way all day, it was no surprise that by nightfall CSU was alone in first place with a team score of 575, leading second-place CU-Boulder by three strokes along with California, which is sitting at third.
The first two rounds could not have gone better for the Rams.
â€œI am speechless on how we played today,â€ Hopkins said. â€œYou can only control you; they just need to go out and have fun.â€
CSU will have targets on its back today as the Rams work to hold on to their lead and win the tournament.
The focus will be on good tee shots and taking advantage of extra time and knowledge of the course along with repeating what CSU did Monday.
â€œJust go out and play, leave your brain in the pro shop, and go out and have fun,â€ Krefting said.
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