PUEBLO WEST, Colo.— Four Adams State College women’s golfers posted scores of 85 and below as the Grizzlies combined for a team score of 334, their best of the spring season thus far, while holding on to their fourth place positioning in the final standings of Colorado State University-Pueblo’s ThunderWolf Invitational, which wrapped up Sunday here at the 6,263-yard, par-72 Desert Hawk Golf Course.
Playing with five true freshman, the Grizzlies finished the 36-hole, 2-day tournament with a score of 677, good for a 1-stroke head-to-head win over Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Regis.
Montana State-Billings, led by individual medalist Kalli Stanhope, won the tournament by one shot at 643 while Colorado Mesa, third going into the day, posted a Sunday best 316 to take second at 644.
The host ThunderWolves, like Regis, posted a 332 on Sunday and finished third overall at 658 while Colorado Christian (684), Black Hills State (S.D.) (707) and Chadron State (762) rounded out the 8-team field, which included six RMAC squads. Black Hills State will join the league next year.
Stanhope followed her even-par 72 on Saturday with a 77 on Sunday and won the tournament by six shots with a 2-day total of 149. Colorado Christian’s Maria Manrique fared best amongst the 43 players on Sunday, posting a 74 to finish second at 155.
The Grizzlies were led by Rachel Dyess (Richmond, Texas) and Rachel Reiling (Littleton, Colo.), who each tied for ninth at 164. Dyess posted her second straight round of 82 on Sunday while Reiling followed up her team-leading 81 on Saturday with an 83 on Sunday.
Reiling has now finished tied for ninth in both tournaments of the spring and has a team-leading three top-10 finishes this year, just one shy of the Grizzlies’ single-season record of four such finishes. Dyess has now finished in the top 10 twice during the campaign.
Meanwhile, Taelor Mullins (Monte Vista, Colo.) posted an 85 on Sunday and finished in a 3-way tie for 22nd at 174 while Maressa McClintock (Centennial, Colo.) had a big 7-shot improvement from her Saturday round, posting an 84 on Sunday to finish 25th.
Taylor Chalmers (Midlothian, Texas) rounded out the Grizzly effort with a 93 to finish 36th at 189.
The Grizzlies, who played four competitive rounds in the span of seven days, will now be off for a week before returning to action at the Bob Writz Invitational next Monday and Tuesday (Apr. 2 & 3) at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood, Colo., the third of their four spring season tournaments.