Eagles Finish 14th In Desert Invitational

Photo Courtesy: Lance Wendt

The Chadron State College women’s golf team settled for 14th place at the West Texas A&M Desert Invitational, on Tuesday at the Ventana Canyon Golf Club’s Mountain Course in Tucson.

“We struggled in our second tournament of the week,” said Head CSC Golf Coach John Ritzen. “There was some great competition on a very difficult course. We might have gotten intimidated by the course, and stopped trusting our ability. We proved we can do it, in the previous tournament, so now we just need to trust it.”

Sophomore Alpine Hickstein led CSC carding 80-81-161 over the two-day tournament. She tied for 29th place out of 91 entrants. Hickstein also once again led the Eagles in pars, playing even on 20 of 36 holes.

Kenzey Kanno tied for 53rd firing 80-89-169. The freshman was only four-over-par, over two rounds, on the course’s eight par-threes and par-fives, but shot +21 on the 10 par-fours.

Kinsey Smith, another freshman, matched Kanno’s two-day total shooting 82-87-169.

Freshman Brooke Kramer was one of two Eagles to improve on Tuesday. She knocked five strokes off her Monday score, finishing at 91-86-177, and placed 78th.

The next most improved was Allison Acosta, a Tucson native, who recorded rounds of 92 and 88 for a 180.

The tourney winner, Texas A&M-Commerce, shot 12 strokes higher than it did in Phoenix last Friday and Saturday, and at 295-308-603 it was 21 strokes behind the pace set in that event by champ Point Loma Nazarene.

Commerce also took the individual trophy, which was won by Sarah Wongsinth at a mark of 71-76-147.

The Eagles will find out soon enough if they are tuned up to play in the Arizona climate, when they return in just under two weeks for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships, set for the Phoenix area.

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