SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's golf team opened the Matador Invitational with a great first round but slipped during the second to fall to fifth place following the first day of competition. The Hornets shot 303 in the opening round and stood in second place. The team then totaled 319 in the second round.
Host Cal State Northridge was dominant during the day with a total of 284-306-590 which places the Matadors 22 strokes ahead of BYU (304-308-612). Cal Poly (306-311-617) and Hawaii (313-306-619) are the two teams directly ahead of Sacramento State.
Sagee Palavivatana had the lowest individual total for Sacramento State, shooting 73-79-152 which places her in a tie for eighth place. The junior began her day with bogies on the first and third hole as well as birdie on the par-5 second. She then parred the next six holes to make the turn at 1-over. A double-bogey on the 10th was followed by birdies on Nos. 11 and 13 and a bogey on the 12th. Standing at 2-over through 14 holes, she birdied the par-5 15th and parred the final three holes.
In the second round, Palavivatana was 5-over at the midway point after a bogey and two double bogeys. She had seven pars and two bogeys on the back nine.
Senior Lisa Persson and sophomore Natalie Bodnar are tied for 23rd with a 36-hole total of 157. Persson shot 77 in the morning round with birdies on the Nos. 6 and 12, nine pars and seven bogeys. In the second round, she began with a birdie on the second but immediately bogeyed No. 3. She stayed even through six holes following a bogey and a birdie on the par-3 seventh. From there, Persson played the next six holes ant 7-over before parring five of her final six.
Bodnar shot 78-79 with the help of two birdies in the first round and three in the second. In the first round, she was 7-over through her first nine holes but played her last nine at 1-under. She followed nearly the same route in the second round where she 8-over in her first eight holes after enduring a double and quadruple bogey. She got back on track with two birdies, seven pars and a bogey.
Sacramento State also counted a 75 from freshman Chloe Bartek in the first round and an 81 from Tiffany Nichols in the second. Bartek alternated birdies and bogeys in her first four holes (Nos. 4-7) and remained even until a birdie on the par-4 12th. She then bogeyed Nos. 13 and 14 before returned back to even with a birdie on the par-16th. Bartek jumped to 4-over over her next four holes but ended her round with a birdie on the par-3 third. Overall, Bartek is tied for 30th place.
Nichols had two rounds of 81 during the first day. In her second round, which counted towards the team total, she had a birdie, 11 pars, three bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey.
Cal State Northridge's Arinda Bhanaraska and Clariss Guce and USC's Victoria Morgan are tied for the individual lead 144.
Simi Valley, Calif. | Wood Ranch GC
Par 72 | 5,881 Yards
1. Cal State Northridge 284-306-590
2. BYU 304-308-612
3. Cal Poly 306-311-617
4. Hawaii 313-306-619
5. Sacramento State 303-319-622
6. UC Riverside 315-310-625
7. Northern Colorado 322-321-643
8. Cal State Bakersfield 326-338-664
Individual Top Five
T1. Arinda Bhanaraska, CSUN, 69-75-144
T1. Clariss Guce, CSUN, 71-73-144
T1. Victoria Morgan, USC, 72-72-144*
4. Lea Garner, BYU, 74-72-146
5. Kimberly Santiago, USC, 78-71-149*
Sacramento State Scores
T8. Sagee Palavivatana 73-79-152
T23. Lisa Persson 77-80-157
T23. Natalie Bodnar 78-79-157
30. Chloe Bartek 75-85-160
T32. Tiffany Nichols 81-81-162
T42. Rockelle Sande 88-79-167*
*Competed as individual