Fort Collins, Colo.-The San Jose State women's golf team shot its lowest score in almost 17 months in the first round of Colonel Wollenberg's Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic on Monday. The Spartans finished the two rounds in seventh place at 596, and newcomers Regina De Guzman and Cha Cha Willhoite are tied for 12th at 147.
The Spartans opened the tournament with a one-over 289 to tie current leader Texas Tech for first place, the best single-round score since shooting a 288 in the second round of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championships. Megan Osland led the team with a one-under 71, De Guzman and Willhoite each shot even-par 72 and Rachelle Reali shot a two-over 74 for the 283. Kathleen Rojas rounded out the scoring with an 81.
During the round, San Jose State recorded 14 birdies in 90 holes played as well as an eagle by Willhoite on her next-to-last hole of the first round. On her third shot of the par-5, 494-yard hole 2, she holed out her shot from about 50 yards, pitching out over a bunker and down a hill. The ball hit and trickled 10-12 feet to hole for her first collegiate eagle. De Guzman led the team with five birdies on her round.
The second round found the Spartans making eight birdies but too many bogeys and double bogeys or higher found San Jose State shooting a 307. De Guzman and Willhoite each shot a 75 and made two birdies. Reali started and ended her round with birdies to shoot a 77 while Osland shot an 80 as both are tied for 32nd after the first day. Rojas had an 85 and ended the day in 82nd place.
"I am not overly disappointed with our performance in the second round," said Spartan head coach John Dormann. "We fought hard in the first round, finished the round strong and followed the game plan for this course. In the second round, we got tired mentally which led to inconsistent play and the golf scored revealed that.
"This golf course if really firm, mainly because they did not have a lot of rain this summer. It is hard to get the ball near the hole for birdies. Birdies are hard to come by, but we need to figure out ways to get them."
Final round action begins Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. MDT/7:30 p.m. PDT. Live scoring is available, with a link at www.sjsuspartans.com.
Colonel Wollenberg's Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic
Ptarmigan Country Club
Fort Collins, Colo.
Par 72, 6,302 yards
Team Results through two rounds
1. Texas Tech 575
2. New Mexico 586
3. Louisville 589
4. Baylor 591
5. UNLV 594
5. Nevada 594
7. San Jose State 596
8. Long Beach State 603
9. Fresno State 605
10. Colorado State 607
10. Idaho 607
12. Colorado 610
13. Wyoming 613
14. Illinois 615
15. UTEP 616
16. Northern Colorado 621
17. New Mexico State 637
1. Manon DeRoey, New Mexico 69-68-137
2. Gabriella Dominguez, Texas Tech 67-73-140
2. Kimberly Kaufman, Texas Tech 72-68-140
San Jose State Results
12. Regina De Guzman 72-75-147
12. Cha Cha Willhoite 72-75-147
32. Megan Osland 71-80-151
32. Rachelle Reali 74-77-151
82. Kathleen Rojas 81-85-166
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