LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The Sacramento State women's golf team completed its wire-to-wire run through the NM State Aggie Invitational, winning the team title by 20 strokes on Wednesday at the NM State Golf Course. The victory was the first for the team this season and its fourth in the last two years.
The Hornets were even during the final round and finished the tournament at 9-over with a total of 287-298-288-873. The team's total was 20-stroke better than the closest team and was the third lowest in school history. Eight of Sacramento State's 10 lowest three-round tournament totals have now come in the last two years.
Individually, Julia Becker and Astha Madan each shot 71 to finish at 1-under par during the round Sofie Babic was even with a 72 and the team also counted a 74 from Nishtha Madan.
Babic had the highest overall finish, placing third at 73-72-72-217. She opened play with a birdie on the par-4 16th hole and then added seven consecutive pars. A birdie on the par-3 sixth took her 2-under and was followed by four additional pars. The sophomore recorded her first bogey on the par-3 11th and had a second on the par-4 14th to finish even during the round. Her 54-hole total of 217 is tied for the seventh best in school history. Babic also recorded her fifth top-five finish in her young career.
Astha Madan tied for sixth place at 70-78-71-219. Madan bogeyed her first hole (the par-3 17th) but bounced back by playing the next nine holes at 3-under par. She had three pars before consecutive birdies on the par-4 third and par-5 fourth. Three more pars came before a birdie on the par-5 eighth. Madan was 1-under after a bogey on the par-4 ninth but returned to 2-under following a birdie on the par-5 15th. However, she closed with a bogey on the par-4 16th. Her three-round total is tied for the third lowest in her career.
Freshman Corinne Viden tied for eighth overall despite shooting 76 on Wednesday. Viden had rounds of 71-73-76-220 for her lowest total of the season. She started slowly with bogeys on three of her first four holes before earning a stroke back with a birdie on the par-4 third. Viden triple bogeyed the par-4 fifth and bogeyed the par-4 ninth to move to 6-over. She rallied over her final six holes with birdies on the par-5 12th and 15th as well as four pars.
Nishtha Madan shot 73-75-74-222 to tie for 11th place. The sophomore was 2-under through her first seven holes. She started with two pars and then bogeyed the par-3 second. From there she birdied the par-4 third, par-5 fourth and par-3 sixth. After three pars, she bogeyed the par-4 10th and par-5 12th to take her back to even. A double bogey on the par-4 fourth was her only miscue over her final five holes.
Becker saved her best round of the tournament for Wednesday. The junior bogeyed the 18th hole to start her round and then surged into the red with birdies on the par-4 first and par-5 fourth and eighth. A bogey on the par-4 ninth came before birdies on the par-5 12th and par-4 16th. She was 3-under with one hole remaining but double bogeyed the par-3 17th to finish at 71. Her total of 79-80-71-230 tied her for 26th in the tournament.
Individuals Katie Dunaway and Amelia Hicks shots 76 and 81, respectively, during the round. Dunaway had a birdie on her first hole (No. 10) to go along with three bogeys and a double bogey. Hicks had five bogeys and two double bogeys in her final round. Overall, Dunaway tied for 36th place at 80-79-76-235. Hicks shot 83-73-81-237 to finish 43rd.
Sacramento State will conclude the fall portion of its schedule at it looks to defend its title at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Oahu, Hawaii.
NM STATE AGGIE INVITATIONAL
NM State GC | Las Cruces, N.M.
Par 72 | 6,392 Yards
1. SACRAMENTO STATE 287-298-288-873
2. UTEP 294-301-298-893
3. Cal State Fullerton 307-294-294-895
4. UC Riverside 304-292-304-900
5. Santa Clara 301-302-298-901
6. New Mexico State 306-292-304-902
7. North Dakota 305-302-302-909
8. Weber State 313-316-301-930
9. UT Rio Grande Valley 301-321-309-931
10. Southern Utah 323-320-309-952
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Kiselya Plewe, WSU, 71-71-71-213
2. Dominique Galloway, NMSU, 76-71-69-216
3. Sofie Babic, SAC, 73-72-72-217
T4. Kristin Le, SCU, 74-72-72-218
T4. Lily Downs, UTEP, 71-71-76-218
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
3. Sofie Babic 73-72-72-217
T6. Astha Madan 70-78-71-219
T8. Corinne Viden 71-73-76-220
T11. Nishtha Madan 73-75-74-222
T26. Julia Becker 79-80-71-230
T36. Katie Dunaway 80-79-76-235*
43. Amelia Hicks 83-73-81-237*
* Competed as individual
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