CHANDLER, Ariz. — The Sacramento State women's golf team used a complete team effort to stand in second place following the first day of the Big Sky Conference Championship on Sunday at Ocotillo Golf Resort.
Despite not having an individual in the top five, the Hornets shot 304 and are five strokes behind Portland State for the team lead. Sacramento State is closely followed by Montana State (305) and Montana (306).
Lisa Persson and Tiffany Nichols each shot 75 to lead the Hornets and Rockelle Sande carded a round of 76. Persson and Nichols are tied for sixth place overall and are five strokes off the pace of A Ram Choi of Portland State who shot 70 to build a two stroke lead.
Persson had to work from an early hole as she double bogeyed the par-5 first and later bogeyed the par-4 fifth to stand at 3-over. She birdied the par-5 sixth but immediately bogeyed the next hole. After making the turn at 3-over, she parred her first five holes on the back side of the course until a bogey on the par-4 15th. Persson ended her day with a birdie on the par-5 18th capping a stretch where she played her final 17 holes at 1-over.
Nichols started strong with two pars before a birdie on the par-4 third. She then bogeyed her next four holes and after two pars, made the turn at 3-over. A bogey on No. 10 and a birdie on the par-4 13th went along with seven pars on the back side of the course.
Sande had the best score on the team at the midway point of the round. The sophomore began with a birdie on No. 1 and later birdied the par-4 fifth to stand at 2-under. A string of bogeys on Nos. 6-8 left her at 1-over through nine. Three pars began the second half of her round but she then double bogeyed the par-4 13th and 15th to jump to 5-over. Another bogey on the par-3 16th came before birdies on Nos. 17 and 18. Her round of 76 is tied for the third lowest of her collegiate career.
Freshman Chloe Bartek recorded a round of 78 to give the team its final score towards its total. Bartek had a birdie on No. 4, a bogey and three pars to remain even through her first five holes. She then bogeyed five of her next six holes before stopping the streak with a par on the par-3 12th and a birdie on the par-4 13th. She returned to 5-over with a bogey on No. 14 and ended with three pars and a bogey on No. 17.
Junior Sagee Palavivatana shot 81 during the first round. Palavivatana had five bogeys and two double bogeys during her round.
The second round of the Big Sky Championship will take place on Monday morning. Sacramento State's first group will tee off at 6:30 a.m. with the team paired along side Portland State and Montana State.
BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Chandler, Ariz. | Ocotillo Golf Resort
Par 72 | 6,272 Yards
1. Portland State 299
2. SACRAMENTO STATE 304
3. Montana State 305
4. Montana 306
5. Northern Arizona 313
6. Eastern Washington 314
7. Southern Utah 317
8. Weber State 318
9. Northern Colorado 319
10. North Dakota 327
11. Idaho State 347
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. A Ram Choi, PSU, 70
2. Kaitlen Parson, NAU, 72
T3. Hayley Bingham, UM, 74
T3. Taylor Crandall, EWU, 74
T3. Kati Greear, MSU, 74
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T6. Lisa Persson 75
T6. Tiffany Nichols 75
T9. Rockelle Sande 76
T21. Chloe Bartek 78
T31. Sagee Palavivatana 81
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