Time For An Update

CSU women’s golf team sets program record for scoring — by 31 strokes — in winning its Ram Classic at Ptarmigan; individual champ Sofia Torres breaks CSU’s individual scoring mark by 7

By Gary Baines – 9/26/2023

Talk about a bunch of Rams seeing red …

The Colorado State University women’s golf team took advantage of stellar scoring conditions to rewrite its record book in a big way on Monday and Tuesday.

The red figures on the scoreboard were an under-par sight to behold.

In winning its own Ptarmigan Ram Classic at Ptarmigan Country Club by 18 strokes, CSU set numerous program records, among them:

— 54-hole team scoring: 46-under-par 818, surpassing the old mark by a whopping 31 strokes.

— 54-hole individual scoring: 16-under-par 200 by senior Sofia Torres, besting Katrina Prendergast’s old record by seven shots. It was Torres’ first individual college victory, but she’s started the season with two straight top-7 finishes. This time, she went 67-65-68 to win by four strokes.

— Low individual round: 8-under-par 64 by junior Pemika Arphamongkol in the opening round, surpassing the 65 shot by Prendergast in this tournament in 2017.

Also going by the wayside were CSU’s 18-hole team scoring mark — now 264, 15 shots better than the old record, and the 36-hole standard: now 535, 27 strokes ahead of the former best.

All told, CSU put four players in the top eight out of a field of 61 individually: Torres (first), Arphamongkol  (fourth), freshman Kara Kaneshiro (fifth) and Lacey Uchida (eigth).

Meanwhile, the University of Colorado, which missed its 54-hole team scoring record by a mere two strokes in finishing second, placed two individuals in the top three. First-year Buff Sabrina Iqbal, a graduate student, and two-time Colorado Junior Match Play champion Morgan Miller tied for second, four back of Torres.

In addition, Katelyn Lehigh of Loveland — winner of two 5A state high school individual titles and the 2022 CGA Junior State — tied for 12th place (68-73-71). Two weeks ago, the sophomore captured her first individual college title and set the Fresno State women’s scoring record (15 under par) at the Timpangos Collegiate Invitational.

Tuesday’s team victory was the third at CSU for coach Laura Cilek, who took over the program in 2018. 

For all the scores from Ptarmigan, CLICK HERE.

About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for since 2009. He was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2022. He owns and operates