BECKER TIES FOR THIRD; WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES FOURTH AT THE GOLD RUSH

BECKER TIES FOR THIRD; WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES FOURTH AT THE GOLD RUSH

SEAL BEACH, Calif. — Julia Becker tied for third place and concluded The Gold Rush at 1-under par to lead the Sacramento State women's golf team to a fourth place finish.

Becker closed the event with a total of 69-71-75-215 and was just one stroke off the pace of San Jose State's Abegail Arevalo and Natasha Andrea Oon who tied for the medalist. Becker was matched for third place by Idaho's Sophie Hausmann. Arevale (42nd) and Hausmann (98th) are both ranked among the top 100 in the Golfstat rankings. Becker also finished ahead of two other players ranked among the top 50.

After shooting 69-71 during the first two rounds, Becker was never able to get below par during the third round. She alternated pars and bogeys over her first four holes before birdies on the par-3 fifth and par-5 sixth took her back to even. Two more pars came before a bogey on the par-5 ninth which left her at 1-over at the turn. She played the next seven holes even with birdies on the par-5 14th and 16th and bogeys on the par-3 11th and 15th. Becker ended her tournament with a double bogey on the par-4 18th. She led all players in the tournament by playing the par-5 holes at 7-under over the three rounds.

Sofie Babic tied for 30th overall at 80-69-76-225. Babic parred her first hole of the day (No. 3) but followed with six consecutive pars. She later stood at 5-over with bogeys on Nos. 10 and 15 and a double on No. 12. Her lone birdie of the round came on the par-5 16th and she ended with four straight pars.

Sydney Smith matched Babic with a 76 during the third round to tie for the second best score on the team. Smith was 4-over through her first 11 holes with bogeys on par-3 fifth and seventh and par-4 12th and 13th. She played her final seven holes even with a birdie on the par-5 16th, five pars and a bogey on her final hole (No. 2). Smith, who was playing her first tournament for the Hornets, shot 73-78-76-227 to tie for 39th place.

Corinne Viden tied for 33rd at 77-72-77-226. Viden went off the first tee and carded three pars to start her third round. However, she played the next four holes at 4-over. She gained some momentum with a birdie on the par-5 ninth and, after three pars, the par-4 13th to take her back to 2-over. Back-to-back bogeys on the next two holes stopped her run and she closed with a bogey on No. 18.

Nishtha Madan shot 76-73-78-227 to tie for 39th place. The junior parred five of her first six holes and nine of her first 12. The three non-pars during the stretch were comprised of a double bogey on the par-3 fifth and bogeys on Nos. 8 and 9 which left her 4-over. She birdied the par-5 14th but again encountered trouble with a double bogey on the par-4 17th and bogey on the par-4 18th.

San Jose State maintained its lead to win the tournament. The 36th-ranked Spartans totaled 873 over the three rounds and held off a surge from 38th-ranked Georgia to win by three strokes. Host Long Beach State was third at 883.

Sacramento State will next be in action at the Del Paso Invitational on March 4-5 at Del Paso Country Club.

THE GOLD RUSH
Seal Beach, Calif. | Old Ranch CC
Par 72 | 6,169 Yards

TEAM STANDINGS
1. San Jose State 288-290-295-873
2. Georgia 300-287-289-876
3. Long Beach State 300-290-293-883
4. SACRAMENTO STATE 295-285-304-884
5. BYU 297-296-292-885
6. Kentucky 304-297-291-892
7. Gonzaga 308-292-294-894
8. Colorado State 306-298-295-899
T9. UNLV 302-298-301-901
T9. Idaho 300-303-298-901
T11. Minnesota 317-298-290-905
T11. Santa Clara 302-304-299-905
13. Fresno State 294-302-312-908
14. Cal State Fullerton 315-300-306-921
15. Central Arkansas 312-312-307-931

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
T1. Abegail Arevalo, SJSU, 70-67-77-214
T1. Natasha Andrea Oon, SJSU, 70-74-70-214
T3. Julia Becker, SAC, 69-71-75-215
T3. Sophie Hausmann, UI, 73-69-73-215
5. Claire Choi, SCU, 72-73-71-216

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T3. Julia Becker 69-71-75-215
T30. Sofie Babic 80-69-76-225
T33. Corinne Viden 77-72-77-226
T39. Nishtha Madan 76-73-78-227
T39. Sydney Smith 73-78-76-227