VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Nishtha Madan shot a career best 68 but the Sacramento State women's golf team was not able to maintain its lead and finished fourth at The Princess Anne Invitational on Sunday.
The Hornets entered the final round with a two-stroke advantage over UCF and Campbell. Sacramento State shot 293 (13-over) on Sunday to drop three spots. UCF claimed the team title by four strokes with a third round score of 282 and a total of 857. Campbell was second at 861 while host Old Dominion charged into third at 863.
Madan was extremely steady on Sunday. The junior was 1-over through her first four holes with a bogey on the par-3 second. She dropped below par with birdies on the par-4 fifth and par-5 sixth and remained in the red for the rest of the round. A birdie on the par-5 10th took her to 2-under and she followed with six straight pars. A bogey on par-3 17th momentarily brought her back to 1-under but she birdied the par-5 18th to end the tournament. Her single-round score of 68 is tied for the second best in program history.
Madan totaled 72-71-68-211 to finish seventh overall. Her 54-hole score was also a career best, beating her mark of 212 from the Fresno State Classic last season. It is also tied for the school record which was shared by Sofie Babic and Julia Becker.
Sofie Babic finished 12th at 71-69-75-215. Babic did not record a birdie during the third round and had five bogeys. She was 3-over through her first nine holes and jumped to 5-over with bogeys on the par-3 11th and par-4 13th. Babic closed the day with five straight pars.
Corinne Viden tied for 23rd with a total of 73-73-74-220. The sophomore had 16 pars on Sunday with the exceptions being a triple bogey on the par-4 fourth and a bogey on the par-4 14th. Her total was tied for her second best three-round score as a Hornet.
Julia Becker recorded her second consecutive round of 76 and finished tied for 33rd. Becker started with two pars and a birdie on the par-4 third. She made the turn at 1-over after a double bogey on No. 4 and five more pars. The senior dropped back to even following a birdie on the par-4 12th. However, she played the final six holes and 6-over with bogeys on Nos. 13 and 15 and a quadruple bogey on the par-3 17th.
Katie Dunaway completed the lineup by tying for 52nd place at 75-74-78-227. Her third round was comprised of a birdie, five bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.
Sacramento State will next travel to Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Oahu on Oct. 29-31. The event will be the final of the fall portion of the schedule for the Hornets.
THE PRINCESS ANNE INVITATIONAL
Virginia Beach, Va. // Princess Anne Country Club
Par 70 // 5,824 Yards
1. UCF 284-291-282-857
2. Campbell 284-291-286-861
3. Old Dominion 292-289-282-863
4. SACRAMENTO STATE 286-287-293-866
5. Maryland 285-295-291-871
6. Chattanooga 295-289-289-873
7. Xavier 292-285-299-876
8. South Florida 297-292-291-880
9. Marshall 285-295-303-881
T10. Delaware 304-293-287-884
T10. Princeton 298-294-292-884
12. Cincinnati 300-300-289-889
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Elizabeth Moon, UCF, 67-71-65-203
2. Virunpat Olankitkunchai, Mayland, 65-71-70-206
T3. Maddy McDanel, Chattanooga, 68-72-68-208
T3. Emily Hawkins, Campbell, 69-71-68-208
T5. Shelby Brauckuller, Marshall, 71-69-70-210
T5. Maya Walton, Princeton, 73-67-70-210
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
7. Nishtha Madan 72-71-68-211
T12. Sofie Babic 71-69-75-215
T23. Corinne Viden 73-73-74-220
T33. Julia Becker 70-76-76-222
T52. Katie Dunaway 75-74-78-227
69. Amelia Hicks 86-85-84-255