MSU Roundup: W. Golf 2nd After 1 Round in Colorado

File: MSU golfer Sierra Campbell / Source: KAUZ
File: MSU golfer Sierra Campbell / Source: KAUZ

Midwestern State shook off the rust in solid fashion in its season opening round in the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational Monday afternoon played at the Par-71, 6,026 yard Pueblo Country Club course.

"I was very pleased with how we played after having just one practice three qualifiers coming in," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "Some of the girls didn't get a chance to play much during the summer (due to work and obligations), but they competed and fought hard. Like always, you take a look at your round at the end of the day and always find where you could have done better."

The Mustangs combined for a 28-over team total of 312 to stand three strokes back of tournament leading Wayland Baptist and tied with Metropolitan State (Colo.).

"This is a good tournament with a good field," Ray said. "It's a good first round to start the year and we have the ability to shoot in the low 300s. If we do that, we can win the golf tournament."

All six student-athletes made the trip and delivered solid scores in the season opener paced by juniors Hayley Dambold and Sierra Campbell.

Dambold fired a 5-over 76 and is five strokes off the pace of tournament leader Cha Cha Willhoite of Metro State, while Campbell carded an opening round 77 (+6) to tie for 11th.

Junior Kellie Martin (78 (+7)/14t) and freshman May Chimsuti (81 (+9)/25t) delivered MSU's two other countable scores, while sophomore Sarah Moore matched junior Madison Smith, who competed as an individual medalist, with an 11-over 82 to tie for 27th.

"We weren't able to take advantage of the Par-5s and the played long considering it had five Par-3s," Ray said. "The greens were faster than we've been playing. If you got on the wrong side of the hole, you had a hard getting the ball to stop. However, it's a fair course that is in good condition. It may have been a little bit of nerves today being early in the season."

The final round of the Proal Invitational begins Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Football: Mustangs Receiving Votes in AFCA Poll

Midwestern State continued to receive votes in the first regular season edition of the American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday afternoon.

The Mustangs are down four votes from their preseason total of 39 despite rolling to an impressive 31-3 win over Truman State (Mo.) in Saturday's season opener at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs were also receiving votes in the preseason rankings.

Super Region Four programs dominated the poll as nine teams carry national rankings and three others received mention.

Colorado State-Pueblo received six first-place votes as the No. 2-ranked team in the nation after crushing Central Washington 41-14 in the season opener. The defending national champions travel to face West Texas A&M Saturday in Canyon.

The Thunderwolves are trailed by No. 6 Ferris State (Mich.) which was idle while Ohio Dominican bumped up one spot to No. 7 on the strength of a 59-21 win at Malone (Ohio).

Angelo State (Texas) climbed a spot to No. 12 after beating Oklahoma Panhandle State 52-31, while No. 16 Colorado Mines, No. 18 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 20 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 23 Indianapolis (Ind.) and No. 24 Ashland (Ohio) also carry national rankings.

Michigan Tech, MSU and Tarleton State (Texas) are also receiving votes.

Midwestern State hits the road to take on Colorado Mesa Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Rapids. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. (Central Time).