CSC Golfers Rally To Win Yellow Jacket Fall Classic

Photo Courtesy: CSC Sports Information

Led by Alpine Hickstein’s tournament-low, three-over-par 75 on Tuesday, the Chadron State College golfers clawed their way back from four strokes back, on Monday, to win the Yellow Jacket Fall Classic by 28 over Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals South Dakota Mines and Black Hills State.

Twenty-three players from the three teams participated, including eight independent golfers.

“To be honest,” said CSC Head Golf Coach John Ritzen on Tuesday, “I was kind of disappointed with the way we played yesterday, even though the weather wasn’t ideal. We hadn’t shot that high as a team in a while. Give the ladies credit, though. They were poised and I was proud of how they bounced back today.”

Hickstein’s 86 on Monday left her tied for fourth entering the final round, before the 75 became her new season best and gave her the individual tournament title by eight strokes over South Dakota Mines’ Annika Schooler.

Two Eagles were also playing independently of the team and finished third and fourth. They are Kayla Elder, who was third with a card showing 83-88-171, and newcomer Jordan Grasis, who went 91-81-172.

Nearly every CSC player improved her score in the second round, with several dropping double-digit strokes off their score. Anna Branscome, playing as an independent, dropped by 11 strokes with a 93-82-175 for seventh place. Brooke Kramer went from 97 to 80, finishing ninth individually with a score of 177.

Kenzey Kanno, who led the Eagles on day one, finished fifth, firing 84-89-173.

As a team, the CSC squad showed 357-328-685. Coach Ritzen said that the Eagles’ play in round two is more indicative of the team’s true talent.

Chadron State will play again in two weeks, in Pueblo, Colorado, at the Samuel Proal Invitational hosted by CSU-Pueblo.

CSC Individuals:
1, Alpine Hickstein, 86-75-161; 3, Kayla Elder, 83-88-171; 4, Jordan Grasis, 91-81-172; 5, Kenzey Kanno, 84-89-173; 7, Anna Branscome, 93-82-175; 9, Brooke Kramer, 97-80-177; 10, 93-85-178; 11, Allison Acosta, 94-88-182; 17, Josie Rush, 94-99-193.

Team Scores:
1, Chadron State, 357-328-685; 2, South Dakota Mines, 353-361-714; 3, Black Hills State, 373, 384, 757.

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