The CSU women’s golf team will open its season at home when it shoots rounds on Sept. 13 for the Ptarmigan Ram Classic. Last year, the Rams shot a combined score of 888 and finished in second place in the Ram Classic.
CSU will begin the season unofficially ranked by Golf Week at No. 64 in the nation (The NCAA does not officially rank college golf). CSU sits in the middle of the Mountain West Conference pack with Air Force, BYU, Utah and Wyoming all ranked beneath the Rams, while No. 6 New Mexico leads the conference followed by UNLV at No. 14 and San Diego State at No. 40.
CSU will be featuring a very competitive team, with senior Lynette Duran, who competed at the top of her game last year at the MWC Championships. Trisha Quick, Kylee King and one of last season’s three All-American Scholar Athletes, senior Kristen Campos, join Duran.
Juniors Margaret Garehime and Aimee Tjelmeland, along with sophomore Megan Chapman, all return to the team that finished fifth in the MWC Championships. Freshman Chelsea Benton is the only new addition to the team.
This year the CSU tennis team will look to shake up the preconceived notions that Rams’ tennis can’t compete with big-name schools.
The Rams will start the year on the outside looking in on the top 75 schools in the nation. This is nothing new for the Rams, who haven’t been included in that list since 2001.
Last December, the Rams had two ranked players in singles play, from the central region of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), No. 18 Emily Kirchem and No. 24 Dasha Zhurin. Both players are returning to the squad this year with Zhurin as a senior and Kirchem as a sophomore. Kirchem finished last season ranked No. 23.
“These rankings reflect the promising future of our team,” said John Messick the Rams’ head coach on collegetennisonline.com.
The Rams had an up-and-down season last year, going on a seven-match winning streak over the course of March. During the streak the Rams upset No. 19 Hawaii Pacific University, but the fallout of the streak saw the Rams drop four in a row and seven of their next eight. All of CSU’s losses came at the hands of ranked opponents.
The Rams wrapped up their season on a high note by beating both Air Force and Utah in impressive fashion.
If the Rams play to their potential they could turn a lot of heads this season.