WOLCOTT, Colo. — The Sacramento State women's golf closed out the Golfweek Conference Challenge with its best team score of the tournament. The Hornets shot 291 during the final round to finish the day at 3-over par. The team was led by a 71 from Sofie Babic and also counted a pair of 73s from Astha Madan and Corinne Viden.
Overall, Sacramento State tied for 13th in the tournament at 298-305-291-894. The team's score is the ninth best three-round total in program history and marked the second time in as many tournaments this year that the Hornets have posted one of the 10 best scores at Sacramento State. Denver won the team title after shooting 291-291-289-872.
Nishtha Madan had the highest finish on the team, tying for 38th place at 74-76-74-224. Madan opened the third round on the 13th hole and carded four consecutive pars before being derailed by a double bogey on the par-3 17th. She responded with a birdie on the par-5 18th and followed with five pars. A birdie on the par-4 sixth returned her to even where she remained until a bogey on the par-4 eighth. The sophomore closed her round with bogeys on the par-3 10th and par-4 12th around a birdie on the par-4 11th.
Babic had her best round of the year to finish at 1-under par during the day. The sophomore tied for 45th overall at 77-77-71-225. Babic jumped out to a quick start with a birdie on her opening hole (14th) and an eagle on the 498-yard, par-5 15th. She parred seven of the next eight holes with the exception being a bogey on the par-4 first. She moved to 4-under with birdies on the par-4 sixth and par-3 seventh. However, she was 4-over on the next five holes to move back to even before ending her day with a birdie on the par-4 13th.
Julia Becker, who led the team in the first two rounds, tied for 48th place at 72-75-79-226. Becker was even through her first seven holes with a pair of bogeys on her opening two holes (Nos. 12 and 13) and consecutive birdies on Nos. 14 and 15. A bogey on No. 1 moved her over par and she later had a double bogey on the par-4 fourth and bogeys on Nos. 6 and 8. After a birdie on the par-3 ninth, she had a bogey on the par-3 10th and par-4 11th to complete her tournament.
Astha Madan posted her lowest round of the tournament on Wednesday and tied for 55th with rounds of 78-77-73-228. Madan scattered two birdies and three bogeys during the round along with 13 pars. She started the round on the 15th hole and was 1-over after a bogey on the par-5 18th. Following five pars, she was back to even after birdies on the par-4 sixth and eighth and a bogey on the par-3 seventh. The senior had five pars as well as a bogey on the par-3 10th over her final six holes.
Freshman Corinne Viden also had her low score of the week in the third round. Viden shot 75-81-73-229 to tie for 62nd place. She opened with a birdie on the par-5 15th and eventually moved to 2-under after a bogey on the par-4 first and birdies on the par-5 second and par-4 fourth. A stretch of three bogeys over four holes took her back to 1-over through 12 holes. She wrapped up her day with six consecutive pars.
Haley Moore of Arizona was the medalist with a 54-hole total of 74-64-71-209. Moore won the tournament by three strokes.
Sacramento State will next compete at the Aggie Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M., on Oct. 9-11.
GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE
Wolcott, Colo. | Red Sky GC
Par 72 | 6,216 Yards
1. Denver 292-291-289-872
2. Pepperdine 290-300-284-874
3. Campbell 301-292-287-880
4. Arizona 300-287-294-881
T5. SMU 293-303-288-884
T5. Louisville 299-302-283-884
T5. San Diego State 289-300-295-884
8. Old Dominion 298-301-286-884
9. Mercer 297-304-285-886
10. Michigan 290-303-295-888
T11. Central Arkansas 307-295-289-891
T11. Coastal Carolina 300-305-286-891
T13. SACRAMENTO STATE 298-305-291-894
T13. TCU 304-300-290-894
T15. UC Riverside 298-302-299-899
T15. Eastern Kentucky 307-301-291-899
17. College of Charleston 320-308-300-928
18. Akron 311-313-311-935
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Haley Moore, ARIZ, 74-64-71-209
T2. Elsa Moberly, EKU, 72-75-65-212
T2. Emma Svensson, UCA, 72-74-66-212
4. Katerina Vlasinova, ODU, 71-73-69-213
5. Ayelen Irizar, CAMP, 70-76-68-215
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T38. Nishtha Madan 74-76-74-224
T45. Sofie Babic 77-77-71-225
T48. Julia Becker 72-75-79-226
T55. Astha Madan 78-77-73-228
T62. Corinne Viden 75-81-73-229
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