Another strong tournament helps Pack to solidify RMAC standing.
By Anthony Sandstrom, CSU-Pueblo Athletics
GOTHENBURG, Neb. (GoThunderWolves.com - Oct. 5, 2010) - "We're number three!" "We're number three!"
It's hardly the rallying cry of a champion, but for the CSU-Pueblo women's golf squad, third place is a stark and dramatic improvement, and a finish the team all but wrapped up Tuesday with an impressive round at the third RMAC tournament of the season at the Iron Horse Golf Course in Gothenburg, shooting a second-round 332, the third-lowest team score in an individual round in school history.
"We moved out of our new house in third place from eighth place today," Pack coach Greg Dillon said, alluding to the ThunderWolves' last place finish in the RMAC last season. "This house is much nicer than the one we were living in."
The Pack, have finished no lower than fourth place in either of the three RMAC tournament this season, putting it in third place in the conference standings by a practically insurmountable margin. Even more impressive - it's a feat the Pack reached with nearly all freshmen.
Leading the way was true freshman Michaela Breit (Fr., Greeley, Colo.), who enjoyed her highest finish this season at an RMAC event, shooting an 82 Tuesday and a season-best 165 for the tournament, finishing ninth. After three tournaments this season, Breit is showing she has what it takes to be an all-RMAC golfer, turning in three top-20 finishes and now one top-10 finish.
Four strokes behind her was fellow freshman Domi Dinallo (Fr., Elephant Butte, N.M.), whose 169 for the tournament netted her second top-20 finish in an RMAC event this season.
CSU-Pueblo now sits firmly in third place in the RMAC, having defeated 13 teams over three tournaments this season. With one tournament remaining, CSU-Pueblo is likely entrenched at the third place spot. Though unlikely, it could catch Mesa State, the current second place team, which has defeated 18 teams this season with a trio of second place finishes. Sitting in a tie for fourth is Nebraska-Kearney and Regis, each of which have defeated a total of eight teams this season. The only way CSU-Pueblo could be caught by either team is with a last place finish in the final RMAC tournament in April while Regis or Kearney finish second or higher.
The tournament wraps up the fall segment of the Pack's schedule, and announcement of spring dates will be upcoming. The final scored RMAC tournament of the season will the RMAC Spring Championship, taking place April 18-19, 2011 in Phoenix, Ariz.