Sep 122004
Authors: Pete Scalia

CSU women’s golf team and an array of big-name opponents will be

in action for the sixth annual Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic this


Play will begin on Sept. 13 and competition will continue on

Sept. 14.

The Ptarmigan Golf and Country Club was designed by Jack

Nicklaus in 1979. The course has 97 sand traps and a 100-foot

change in elevation from south to north which should be a challenge

for the teams.

CSU will look to make a return as the team that won this

tournament in 2001 with a score of 882. That year was also the last

time CSU had a first place individual finisher in Mayumi Motoyama,

who won with a score of 211.

The Rams finished second last year to University of San

Francisco. The Dons won with a score of 875 with top individual

winner Kristi Larsen, who finished with a score of 211. The Rams

top finishers were tied for 11th as Margaret Garehime and Trisha

Quick both shot 223.

“This is uncharted water for the newcomers, but I am confident

they are ready to rise to the challenge. Our leadership from our

returning players has been great and I look for a strong showing

from all of them,” said San Fransisco head coach Sara Range.

The University of Nevada-Reno won this event back-to-back in

1999 and 2000 and last year the wolf pack finished third. All of

the top-five finishers from last year return this year with Denver

and CU Boulder rounding out the list.

Baylor won in 2002 with a score of 876, but finished sixth last

year and won’t compete this year. Last year Kansas State, Weber

State and Boise State finished seventh, eighth and ninth

respectively and will try to improve on those standings.

“For a successful season, the girls have to try to improve

everyday and always be fighting for every shot and stroke,” said

Kristi Knight, the Kansas State coach. “All four returners are

going to have to step up and be better than they were a year


Participants will play the first two rounds on Monday followed

by a third round on Tuesday.

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