The Colorado State women’s golf team was saying “Viva Las Vegas” last year as they set multiple team and individual records at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.
The 2016 version would not see a repeat of that performance, but instead a 14th place finish at 3-over 579, 28 strokes behind the champion Baylor Bears.
In last year’s showdown, the Rams had the lowest team score in school history when they shot a 15-under 849 at the Boulder Creek Golf Club (6.301 yards – Par 72) and also set the mark for lowest individual round at a 9-under 279 in the second round. Sophomore then freshman Katrina Prendergast shot a 6-under 210 which is the third lowest individual score in CSU history.
However, the scoring would not come as easy this year, especially on par 3’s. The Rams ranked last in par 3 scoring at 11-over for the tournament. But the Rams would not let par 3’s ruin their tournament as they made up for the poor par 3 scoring by going 12-under on par 5’s, which was the third best mark on those holes.
Senior Elisabeth Rau would not let that stop her though when she shot a team best 3-under 69 in the first round.
That mark put Rau in a tie for 11th and it was also her best career round. Prendergast would follow her up with an even-par 72. Sophomore Caroline Reiners had her best round ever as well with a 2-over 74 and senior Brianna Becker and freshman Ellen Secor both carded 3-over 75 to put the Rams at a 2-over 290 in a tie for 11th out of 19 teams.
The ladies would have to wait awhile to hit the course again however, when it rained throughout the day Monday and canceled the second round. This forced the 54-hole tournament to be changed to only 36-holes and two rounds.
In the second round, the story was a bit of a mix for each golfer. Rau was not able to maintain her first round success as she posted a 4-over 76 to put her at a 1-over 145 in a tie for 54th. Reiners would also struggle as she carder a 9-over 81 to place her in a tie for 101st at an 11-over 155.
Prendergast would go low on day two as she carded a 2-under 70 to lead the Rams in the second round and finish at a 2-under 142 in a tie for 28th and finish as the top Ram. Becker shot a 1-under 71 to finish tied for 59th at 2-over and Secor shot an even-par 72 to finish 3-over in a tie for 65th.
All that being said, the Rams shot a 1-over 289 in the second round to end up at a 3-over 579 in 14th. Baylor won the tournament at a 25-under 551 and Baylor’s Amy Lee won the individual side at 9-under.
The Showdown was the final fall tournament for the Rams who will be back in action for the spring season when they travel to Long Beach, Calif. to compete in The Gold Rush on Feb. 27-28.
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