EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Sacramento State women's golf team started its 2018-19 season at the Mary Fossum Invitational on Saturday at Forest Akers CC. The Hornets are 12th out of 16 teams after shooting 293-311-604.
Virginia opened up a three-stroke lead in the team standings through the first day. The Cavaliers shot 281-290-571 and are followed by Georgia and Florida who are tied for second at 2-under. Host Michigan State sits in fourth place at 1-under while the rest of the field is over par.
The Hornets were tied for seventh place after the first round and finished at 5-over par. Becker led the team with a 2-under par of 70 and was tied for third place. The senior opened the day on the seventh hole but was 1-over following a bogey on No. 9. She made her move on the back half of the course with birdies on the par-5 13th, par-4 14th and par-5 17th to drop to 2-under. Consecutive bogeys and Nos. 18 and 1 returned her to even par before she birdied the par-5 second and par-4 third.
Corinne Viden ranked second on the team with a round of 73. Viden parred her first seven holes and then birdied the par-5 13th. A double bogey on the par-4 14th took her to 1-over but she quickly moved back to the red with an eagle on the 476-yard par-5 17th. A double bogey on No. 18 and a bogey on No. 2 moved her to 2-over before she wrapped up the first round with a birdie on the par-4 fifth.
Sofie Babic shot 74 in the opening round. The junior started play with a bogey on the par-4 sixth but birdied the par-4 eight. She played the back half of the course at 1-over with birdies on the par-3 12th and par- 4 18th, a bogey on the par-4 14th and a double bogey on the par-4 11th. Babic added a bogey on the par-4 first.
The team's final score in the first round came from Nishtha Madan who shot 76. Madan was 5-over par through her first five holes with a pair of bogeys and a triple-bogey on the par-3 12th. She recorded her first birdie on the par-4 15th but followed with three straight bogeys to take her to 7-over. Madan ended her first round by playing her final seven holes at 3-under pars with birdies on Nos. 1, 5 and 6.
The team shot 311 in the second round and dropped five spots in the standings. Katie Dunaway overcame a difficult first round to lead Sacramento State in the afternoon. The senior shot 76 and had 14 pars during the second round. Dunaway parred her first three holes before a triple bogey on the par-3 12th. She had bogeys on Nos. 18 and 7 before recording a birdie on the par-5 eighth to wrap up her day.
Madan ranked second on the team with a 5-over par 77. She bogeyed her second hole (No. 9) and was never less than 1-over from that point. The junior remained at 1-over through 15 holes but closed with bogey-double bogey-bogey on her final three holes.
Viden and Babic each shot 79 to account for the final team scores. Viden bogeyed four of her first eight holes to start the second round. Her lone birdie came on the par-4 18th was was followed by bogeys on the first and second. She closed with a double bogey on the par-4 fifth. Babic had five bogeys and a pair of double bogeys in the second round. She was 5-over through three holes and was never able to get a stroke back.
Becker shot 79 in the second round with a birdie, six bogeys and a double bogey. She is tied for 32nd place heading into the final round on Sunday.
VIrginia's Anna Redding recorded rounds of 69-68-137 to move to 7-under par. Allyson Geer-Park of Michigan State is second at 6-under while a pair of golfers are 3-under in third place.
Sacramento State will be paired with Mississippi State and Mercer in the third round which begins on Sunday with a shotgun start at 7 a.m. PT.
MARY FOSSUM INVITATIONAL
East Lansing, Mich. || Forest Akers CC
Par 72 || 6,315 Yards
1. Virginia 281-290-571
T2. Georgia 292-282-574
T2. Florida 289-285-574
4. Michigan State 291-284-575
5. Old Dominion 294-283-577
6. Miami 289-296-585
7. Indiana 289-301-590
8. Texas Tech 298-293-591
9. Toledo 301-295-596
10. Mercer 296-303-599
11. Mississippi State 303-297-500
12. SACRAMENTO STATE 293-311-604
13. Rutgers 306-299-605
14. Kansas State 301-309-619
15. Northern Illinois 308-312-620
16. Eastern Michigan 320-314-634
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Anna Redding, UVA, 69-68-137
2. Allyson Geer-Park, MICH ST, 68-70-138
T3. Dewi Weber, Miami, 67-74-141
T3. Bailey Tardy, UGA, 70-71-141
5. Charlotte De Corte, ODU, 72-70-142
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T32. Julia Becker 70-79-149
T46. Corinne Viden 73-79-152
T56. Nishtha Madan 76-77-153
T60. Sofie Babic 74-81-155
T79. Katie Dunaway 85-76-161