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Persson's Ace Guides her to Round of 69

Persson's Ace Guides her to Round of 69

PULLMAN, Wash. — Lisa Persson's hole-in-one sparked her round of 69 and helped Sacramento State finish in ninth place at the WSU Cougar Cup on Tuesday.

Persson, who was playing in her first tournament as a member of Sacramento State, aced the par-3 6th hole to cap a stretch where she played three consecutive holes at 4-under par. According to Sacramento State Director of Golf David Sutherland, her tee shot bounced short of the green but rolled into the cup.

"It was something really special to see," Sutherland said. "That was the first hole-in-one I've seen as a coach for this team."

Persson began her round on the 9th hole and bogeyed two of her first five holes. She then parred seven of the next eight to go along with a birdie on the par-3 16th. A birdie on the par-3 4th moved her to even and she dropped into the red with a birdie on the par-5 5th. She followed her hole-in-one with two pars to finish at 69 which is tied for the second lowest score in school history.

Overall, Persson overcame a rough first round to finish tied for 13th at 81-73-69-223. Washington State's Kristen Rue was the medalist at 71-73-68-212.

Tiffany Nichols, who was also making her Hornet debut at the event, tied for 30th overall after carding rounds of 82-76-71-229. On Tuesday, Nichols parred her first 10 holes and then birdied the par-4 2nd. Two more pars were followed by a bogey on No. 5 before she parred No. 6, birdied the par-4 7th and parred Nos. 8 and 9.

Sophomore Sagee Palavivatana contributed a 79 in the third round and finished tied for 56th. Palavivatana's final round consisted of one birdie, 10 pars, six bogeys and a double bogey.

The other score which counted toward the team total was from sophomore Lexie Hall who shot 82 and finished tied for 62nd. Hall was 1-under through her first five holes but then played the next five holes at 8-over. Her final eight holes had five pars and three bogeys.

Natalie Bodnar and Nicolette Bondura both competed in the tournament as individuals. Bodnar tied for 56th place at 78-81-78-237 while Bondura shot 80-79-79-238 to tie for 59th.

The Hornets will next compete at the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational on Oct. 8-9 in Nipomo, Calif.

Palouse Ridge GC • Pullman, Wash.
Par 72 • 6,200 Yards

1. California 291-290-296-877
2. Gonzaga 294-296-292-882
3. Washington State 291-294-298-883
4. Cal State Fullerton 298-298-296-892
5. Idaho 303-301-298-902
6. UC Irvine 302-296-305-903
7. Portland State 306-300-303-909
8. Nevada 310-297-304-911
9. SACRAMENTO STATE 321-306-301-928
T10. BYU 306-309-314-929
T10. Santa Clara 312-315-302-929
12. Montana 312-325-307-944
13. Montana State 321-320-307-948
14. Eastern Washington 323-308-329-960

1. Kirsten Rue, WSU, 71-73-68-212
T2. Se Ri Lee, CSF, 71-74-71-216
T2. Hannah Suh, Cal, 73-72-71-216
T2. Jaqueline Williams, Cal, 72-72-72-216
5. Raychelle Santos, GON, 71-73-73-217

T13. Lisa Persson 81-73-69-223
T30. Tiffany Nichols 82-76-71-229
T56. Sagee Palavivatana 77-81-79-237
T56. Natalie Bodnar* 78-81-78-237
T59. Nicolette Bondura* 80-79-79-238
T62. Lexie Hall 81-76-82-239
T79. Kercia Brakel 82-82-86-250