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Women’s golf prepared for Molly Collegiate Invitational

Coming off their best finish in a tournament since 2009, the Colorado State women’s golf team will travel to Portland, Oregon, as Oregon State will play host at Waverley Country Club for the 2019 Molly Collegiate Invitational.

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Jessica Sloot drives the ball on hole 16 of the Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic on Sept. 23. (Megan McGregor | The Collegian)

Last week, the ladies captured a second place finish in the Ptarmigan Ram Classic here in Fort Collins. After notching a sixth place finish last year, the Rams finished with an 895 score, shooting 306-293-296 through three rounds. The young players stepped up for CSU, propelling them to the podium for the first time this season.

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“They stayed patient, and we have a really young team,” Head Coach Laura Cilek said. “These ladies have done a great job of taking everything we’ve taught them and learning from it. Each round I saw them making better decisions and playing with patience, so it was fun to see how they handled this tournament here under a lot of pressure.”

One of the underclassmen who shined through the rounds was Swedish freshman Andrea Bergsdottir.

Bergsdottir led the way for the Rams, finishing tied for fourth place at five-over, shooting 76-74-70-220 and finishing second in the field with 12 birdies. A long way from home, Bergsdottir is a rising star for the Rams and is becoming more comfortable with her new surroundings.

“It’s different here, but it has been fun,” Bergsdottir said. “I love being here with all the girls and playing these new courses with them, so I’m transitioning well.”

After two 14th place results to open the season, the recent podium finish should give some confidence to a Rams team that features two seniors, four freshmen and one sophomore.

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Fiona Hebbel leaves her bag near the green while she putts at the Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic on Sept. 23. (Megan McGregor | Collegian)

Bergsdottir and the rest of the Rams will have strong competition at the Molly Collegiate Invitational. The tournament begins today and will feature four top 25 ranked teams in the field, providing a good test for a young CSU squad.

The field will include No. 10 Stanford, No. 16 Oregon, No. 17 Oregon State, No. 20 Washington, the University of Georgia, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of California, San Diego State University, the University of California, Davis and Santa Clara University.

The tournament will be played with two rounds: 36 holes today, then the final 18 holes Tuesday. Round one starts at 9:30 a.m. today and at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, with tee times off holes one and 10.

Ryan Loberger can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @LobergerRyan.

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