CSC Golf To Begin Season


The Chadron State College women’s golf team is due to open its season Monday and Tuesday Sept. 14-15 at the Swan Memorial Tournament at the Todd Creek Golf Course in the Denver area.  It’s the first of four dates on the fall schedule.

Coached again by Dr. John Ritzen, this year’s team is expected to be one of Chadron State’s best.  All eight members of last year’s team, made up entirely of freshmen and sophomores, have returned after they had played well before the season was ended by the coronavirus outbreak in early March.

Because of the pandemic, the NCAA ruled that last year’s competition will not count as a year of eligibility, so all the Eagles will be freshmen or sophomores again in 2020-21.

Highlights a year ago included an all-time best team score of 645 at a tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., during the Eagles’ final action of the season.  Hopefully, they can pick up where they left off.

In addition, Chadron native Alpine Hickstein’s average of 78.64 strokes during the six tournaments the team entered was the first for a CSC female golfer of less than 80 strokes in a season.

Besides Hickstein, the other sophomores are Anna Branscome, Lakewood, Colo., and Kayla Elder, Fort Collins, Colo. Those with four years of eligibility remaining after also playing last year are Allison Acosta, Ora Valley, Ariz.; Jordan Grasis, Yuma, Ariz.; Kenzey Kanno, Mitchell, Neb.; Brooke Kramer, Aurora, Colo.; and Kinsey Smith, Windsor, Colo.

A true freshman, Josie Rush, Philip, S.D., has joined the team.

Ritzen said he anticipates that most of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams will participate in the Swan Memorial Tournament.    

Other tournaments on the fall schedule are: Sept. 20–Yellow Jacket Fall Classic, Spearfish, S.D., Oct. 12–Samuel Proal Invitational, Pueblo, Colo., and Oct. 19–University of New Mexico Shootout, Albuquerque.