Colorado State University-Pueblo junior Leina Kim (Saipan, CNMI) began the 2014-15 golf season on a high note; she captured first place at the Samuel Proal Insurance Lady Wolf Pack Invitational Tuesday afternoon at Pueblo Country Club, and Thursday she was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s golfer of the week.
The Thunderwolves recorded a second-round team total of 321 to finish the tournament with a score of 645, matching fellow RMAC opponent Metro State University for second place.
After shooting a 3-over par 74 yesterday, Kim responded with 1-under par 70 in round two. Kim played bogey golf on the back nine holes and wrapped in birdies at holes 10, 11 and 14. Kim also had front-nine birdies at holes three and four. The junior finished the tournament with a 2-under mark of 144.
Julie Sanchez, a senior from Pueblo, finished in fifth place for the Pack after notching a second-round score of 81 to finish the tournament at 13-over. Samantha Geisick, a freshman from Greely, Colo. concluded play tied for 34th place with a final score of 170.
Rounding out play for the Thunderwolves were Natasha Navarro, a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas and Megan McCutcheon, a freshman from Monument, who finished with scores of 176 and 191, respectively. Navarro’s mark landed her in a tie for 46th place, while McCutcheon ranked 66th.
CSU-Pueblo returns to play Monday at the first RMAC tournament of the year, hosted by Colorado Christian University.
Playing in their first tournament of the 2014-15 season, the Colorado State University-Pueblo men’s golf squad posted a fourth-place finish at the Samuel Proal Insurance Wolf Pack Invitational at Walking Stick Golf Course. Senior Matt Porter from Castle Rock, Colo. notched the top finish for the Pack, concluding play in eighth place.
After tallying identical rounds of 288 on day one, CSU-Pueblo posted a final-round mark of 293 to finish with an overall tournament score of 869
Porter entered play Tuesday in a tie for second place, but a 3-over score of 74 dropped the senior to the eighth spot at the conclusion of play. Porter finished the tournament with a 4-under par score of 212.
Jacob Allenback, a sophomore from Pueblo and Cordell Weber, a freshman from Welcome, Minn. finished in a tie for 18th with scores of 219 (+3) each. Hayden Ritter, a freshman from Boise, Idaho tied for 32nd after posting a total mark of 226 (+10), while Thayne Balling, a junior from Cody, Wy tallied a final score of 227 (+11) to finish in a tie for 36th.
The Pack will next play in the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational beginning Monday. The event, which will be hosted by West Texas A&M, will take place at the Tascosa Golf Club in Amarrilo, Texas.