CHANDLER, Ariz. — Sacramento State senior Kercia Brakel matched her career best with a 1-over par 73 during the second round of the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on Tuesday at Ocotillo Golf Resort.
While Brakel's round was the lowest by a Hornet golfer, it did not count toward the team total as she is competing as an individual. The five Sacramento State golfers combined to count a round of 309 and moved the team into sixth place. The Hornets sit at 634 through the second round and rank third among Big Sky Conference schools in the tournament. Boise State remains the overall leader at 608. The Broncos are trailed by Portland State (619), Xavier (621), Colorado State (628) and Northern Arizona (631) in the top five.
Brakel began her day on the 10th hole and birdied the par-10 hole to jump to 1-under. She stayed their until a bogey on the par-4 14th returned her to even and a bogey on the par-5 18th moved her to 1-over a the midway point. She began the front side of the course with four pars before a bogeying the par-4 fifth. She dropped back to 1-over with a birdie on the par-3 seventh. Brakel is tied for tenth place with a 36-hole total of 153.
Tiffany Nichols had the lowest round among the Hornets in the lineup on Tuesday. Nichols shot 74 and is tied for 48th overall. She began with a birdie on the first hole and then strung together eight pars. A bogey on No. 10 and a double bogey on the par-3 12th moved her into the black. Three pars were followed by a bogey on the par-3 16th, a par on No. 17 and a birdie on the par-5 18th.
Sagee Palavivatana is tied for 14th overall with rounds of 78-76-154. Palavivatana was 2-over on both sides of the course. She had three bogeys through the first six holes and was 3-over before a birdie on the par-4 ninth. She bogeyed Nos. 10 and 12 and had seven pars to end her round.
Freshman Natalie Bodnar shot 78 in the second round and is tied for 23rd place. Bodnar had two bogeys during the first three holes before birdies on the Nos. 5 and 9. She had some trouble on the back nine with four pars, four bogeys and a double bogey.
Lisa Persson contributed the final score toward the team total during the day with a round of 80. Persson had a birdie (No. 17), eight pars, eight bogeys and a double bogey. Rockelle Sande completed the lineup at 84. Sande's day consisted of 10 pars, five bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey.
The tournament wraps up on Wednesday morning with the third round.
Wyoming Cowgirl Classic
Chandler, Ariz. | Ocotillo Golf Resort
Par 72 | 6,299 Yards
1. Boise State 307-301-608
2. Portland State 322-297-619
3. Xavier 325-296-621
4. Colorado State 320-308-628
5. Northern Arizona 314-317-631
6. SACRAMENTO STATE 325-309-634
T7. UTEP 318-317-635
T7. BYU 322-313-635
T7. Montana 325-310-635
10. Montana State 326-313-639
11. Utah Valey 333-311-644
T12. Weber State 336-310-646
T12. Eastern Washington 325-321-646
14. New Mexico State 338-309-647
15. Wyoming 331-317-648
16. Northern Colorado 333-317-650
17. Seattle 331-322-653
18. Santa Clara 333-323-656
19. Southern Utah 354-318-672
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Hayley Young, BSU, 71-71-142
2. Brutney Yada, PSU, 77-71-148
3. Aram Choi, PSU, 77-73-150
T4. McKenzie Ford, BSU, 78-73-151
T4. Abigail Smith, XU, 81-70-151
T4. Tara Green, UM, 78-73-151
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T10. Kercia Brakel 80-73-153*
T14. Sagee Palavivatana 78-76-154
T23. Natalie Bodnar 79-78-157
T48. Tiffany Nichols 88-74-162
T66. Rockelle Sande 82-84-166
T72. Lisa Persson 86-81-167