(Neb.)- CSC Golfers To Come Out Swinging In Pueblo
CHADRON, Neb. -- Chadron State College's women's golf team opens its season this Monday, Sept. 9, at the Samuel Proal Invitational, hosted by Colorado State University-Pueblo at Pueblo Country Club.
When the Eagles take the course, new faces will stand out for the third consecutive year. Head Coach John Ritzen brough in four freshman recruits, for the fall of 2019, to compete with the talented sophomores who raised the bar for the program last season. They are Allison Acosta of Oro Valley, Arizona, Kenzey Kanno of Mitchell, Nebraska, Brooke Kramer of Aurora, Colorado, and Kinsey Smith of Windsor, Colorado.
Sophomore Alpine Hickstein of Chadron will lead the team into its first event of the year after setting a new CSC season stroke average record of 81.0 strokes per round last year. She also tied a school record from 2007 by firing a 74 in her first round at a tourney in St. Louis, in April. In the offseason, Hickstein had a top-10 finish at the Nebraska Women's Amateur Championship in York.
Joining her in Pueblo will be two fellow members of last year's incoming class. Abby White of Ontario, Canada led the team at an event in Las Vegas last season, placing 15th in a field of 44 as the team finished fourth of eight. Anna Branscome of Lakewood, Colorado, will travel to Pueblo to enter as an individual, one year after finishing third at last year's South Dakota Mines tournament.
The three newcomers who will also travel as team members are Acosta, Kramer, and Smith.
Host CSU-Pueblo will look to defend its title from the annual invitational one year ago. The ThunderWolves, who were picked fourth in this year's preseason coaches poll, went 56-1-1 head-to-head against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams in 2018-19 en route to a victory at the 2019 RMAC Women's Golf Championships.
Most or all of the RMAC teams will also compete at the event, along with former RMAC member Western New Mexico.
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