CHANDLER, Ariz. — The Sacramento State women's golf finished in fifth place at the Big Sky Championship on Tuesday at Ocotillo Golf Resort. The Hornets shot 303 in the final round and were 22 strokes off the play of champion Northern Arizona.
Senior Kercia Brakel had the best individual finish among Sacramento State golfers, tying for fifth place and setting her career record for low round and low 54-hole score. Brakel finished the tournament at 1-over par with rounds of 73-71-71. Her total of 217 was nine strokes behind medalist Paige Crawford of Montana State (73-68-67-208). Brakel was only two shots out of second place.
Brakel was again sparked by a great start where she parred her first eight holes before a birdie on the par-4 ninth. Her ninth par of the round came before a birdie on the par-5 11th. However, she moved to even after bogeys on Nos.12 and 14 and remained their until a birdie on the par-5 18th.
Tiffany Nichols and Lisa Perrson each shot 76 in the final round to tie for the second best score on the team. Nichols tied for 20th overall while Persson tied for 26th. In the final round, Nichols had four pars and three bogeys over her first seven holes. She then traded birdies and bogeys over the next four holes and was 3-over through 11. Her final seven holes consisted of six pars and a bogey on the par-4 15th.
Persson bogeyed her first hole and after three pars added a birdie on the par-4 fifth. She returned to 1-over with a bogey on the par-4 eighth where she remained at the turn. On the back nine, she had six pars and three bogeys.
The final score counted toward the team total on Tuesday came from Natalie Bodnar who shot 80. Bodnar had had 10 pars and eight bogeys and tied for 38th overall. Sagee Palavivatana tied for 26th after shooting 75-76-82-233.
BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP
Ocotiollo Golf Resort | Chandler, Ariz.
Par 72 | 6,169 Yards
1. Northern Arizona 299-293-290-882
2. Portland State 290-302-294-886
T3. Southern Utah 306-299-296-901
T3. Northern Colorado 304-295-302-901
5. SACRAMENTO STATE 300-301-303-904
6. Eastern Washington 301-312-298-911
7. Weber State 301-310-304-915
8. Montana 322-307-290-919
9. Montana State 322-307-293-922
10. North Dakota 330-332-333-995
11. Idaho State 347-332-328-1007
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Paige Crawford, MSU, 73-68-67-208
T2. Kaitlen Parsons, NAU, 73-71-71-215
T2. Britney Yada, PSU, 70-73-72-215
4. A Ram Choi, PSU, 71-75-70-216
T5. Kercia Brakel, SAC, 75-71-71-217
T5. Carleigh Silvers, NC, 73-69-75-217
T5. Olivia Weber, UM, 71-74-72-217
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T5. Kercia Brakel 75-71-71-217
16. Tiffany Nichols 75-75-76-226
T20. Lisa Persson 75-79-76-230
T26. Sagee Palavivatana 75-76-82-233
T38. Natalie Bodnar 78-82-80-240
July 3, 2013 HORNETS EARN 29 SPRING BIG SKY All-ACADEMIC HONORS
July 2, 2013 PERSSON, HALL EARN NATIONAL ACADEMIC HONOR
April 23, 2013 WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES FIFTH; BRAKEL SETS CAREER LOW
April 19, 2013 LISA PERSSON NAMED BIG SKY WOMEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
April 16, 2013 PERSSON LEADS FINAL ROUND SURGE FOR WOMEN'S GOLF
April 15, 2013 WOMEN'S GOLF OPENS PLAY AT FRESNO STATE LEXUS CLASSIC
April 10, 2013 WOMEN'S GOLF WRAPS UP PLAY AT THE WYOMING COWGIRL CLASSIC
February 26, 2013 TRIO TIE FOR TEAM LOW IN FINAL ROUND OF UC IRVINE INVITATIONAL
February 25, 2013 BODNAR LEADS WOMEN'S GOLF AFTER FIRST DAY OF UC IRVINE INVITATIONAL
February 19, 2013 Palavivatana Finishes Fifth, Nichols Leads Team in Final Round
February 18, 2013 Women's Golf in Fifth after Second Round at Folino Invitational
February 17, 2013 Women's Golf Back in Action at the Folino Invitational
February 5, 2013 Women's Golf Tabbed Third in Big Sky Preseason Poll
November 27, 2012 Sacramento State Saddened by the Passing of Rene Mondine
November 16, 2012 Women's Golf Signs Chloe Bartek to National Letter of Intent
October 31, 2012 Women's Golf Finishes Ninth at Rainbow Wahine
October 30, 2012 Persson Again the Low at Rainbow Wahine Invitational
October 24, 2012 Trio Helps Women's Golf Surge at Colby Invitational
October 22, 2012 Persson Leads Team in First Round of SCU Colby Invitational
October 8, 2012 Persson Holds Individual Lead After First Round at Cal Poly
September 25, 2012 Persson's Ace Guides her to Round of 69
September 24, 2012 Women's Golf Makes Season Debut at WSU Cougar Cup