CSC Golfers Break Single-Round Score Record But Still Only 12 Out Of 20 At Arizona Tournament


By Kaleb Center CSC Sports Information Director

Backed by career-best performances by second-year freshmen Kenzey Kanno and Allison Acosta, the Chadron State College women’s golf team broke the program record for a single-round team score by three strokes, carding a 314 on Friday, at Palm Valley Golf Club during the first round of the RJGA Palm Valley Classic.

The old record of 317 was set in the first round played during the 2019-20 season, in the CSU-Pueblo Sam Proal Invitational, at Pueblo Country Club.

“The ladies played very well,” said CSC Head Golf Coach John Ritzen. “They set the record with personal bests by Kenzey and Allison. Overall, it was a solid day. We played smart and didn’t make many mental errors”

Competition was fierce at the 20-plus team, multi-conference event near Phoenix. Of the 107 players entered, 65 shot in the 70s or better, and none fired more than 92 shots in round one on Friday.

CSC tied with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for 12th of the 20 teams which recorded a team score. The leading Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference squad, Westminster College of Utah, was eighth after 18 holes.

Sophomore Alpine Hickstein led the Eagles on Friday. She recorded a birdie and 12 pars to finish at 76 for the round.

Kanno and Acosta were also in the top half of the field with their scores of 77 and 79, respectively. Each of them edged their personal bests by one stroke. Kanno posted two birdies and 11 pars, while Acosta birdied twice to go with seven holes on par.

The fourth golfer who contributed to the team score on Friday was Kinsey Smith, who turned in an 82, putting forth her best effort of two-over-par on her par-threes. 

After a 7:30 a.m. start to the tournament overall, CSC’s golfers tee off between 9:40 and 10 a.m. on Saturday for the second and final round.