Chadron State College sophomore golfer Alpine Hickstein concluded her final tournament of the semester on Tuesday with a card showing 74-78-152, giving her the new individual tournament record at CSC and a tie for fifth place individually at the Samuel Proal Invitational at Pueblo Country Club. The Eagles settled into fifth place in the all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference event, which featured 10 teams.
“Alpine played great and stayed positive today,” said CSC Head Golf Coach John Ritzen, “even when she wasn’t playing well. All the girls had some adversity over the two days, and we need to learn how to handle that throughout a round. Once we figure that out, we will be a great team. Everyone has an idea of where she needs to improve this offseason, so we are excited to start working on those things.”
The old record of 153 was first set in 2007 by Ally Malzahn, and later tied in 2015 by Kelli Haynes.
Hickstein played her par-three holes according to schedule, on average, with two birdies, six pars, and two bogeys over the 10 holes. She was the only player in the field to finish at even par on the short holes. She tied for fourth in total birdies, with six.
Freshman Brooke Kramer also landed in the top half of the field, tying for 23rd of 57 golfers with scores of 81-83-164, three strokes off of a career best. She contributed four birdies on Monday to the Eagles’ third-best team total of 16, and she had CSC’s best statistics on par-fours.
Freshman Kinsey Smith finished at 168 after two steady rounds of 84, and freshman Allison Acosta was one stroke behind her, firing 81-88-169.
Freshman Kenzey Kanno scored for the team on Tuesday with her second-round 84, in which she improved seven strokes from her 91 on Monday to finish at 175.
The Griffins of Westminster College were the team champs, going 315-306-621 to take home the hardware.
Individually Faith Kilgore of Colorado Christian won the second of her three events this fall, both of which CSC attended.
The Eagles will enter the extended offseason after the tournament originally scheduled for next week in Albuquerque was relocated. They will return to the links March 6 for two meets in Las Vegas, Nevada.
CSC Individual results:
T5, Alpine Hickstein, 74-78-152; T23, Brooke Kramer, 81-83-164; T30, Kinsey Smith, 84-84-168; T32, Allison Acosta, 81-88-169; T40, Kenzey Kanno, 91-84-175; 54, Jordan Grasis, 98-95-193.
1, Westminster, 315-306-621; 2, Colorado Mesa, 310-313-623; T3, Colorado Christian, 313-319-632; T3, UCCS, 321-311-632; 5, Chadron State, 320-329-649; 6, CSU-Pueblo, 323-327-650; 7, South Dakota Mines, 353-332-685; 8, Fort Lewis, 361-339-700; 9, Adams State, 366-342-708; 10, Black Hills State, 368-348-716.