WOMEN'S GOLF STORMS TO FIRST PLACE AT THE GUNROCK INVITATIONAL

WOMEN'S GOLF STORMS TO FIRST PLACE AT THE GUNROCK INVITATIONAL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's golf team started The Gunrock Invitational at Del Paso Country Club by recording the second lowest single-round score in school history. The Hornets did not back off during the second round and will take a 17-stroke advantage into the final round on Tuesday.

Sacramento State finished the first round at 281 and were seven strokes under par. That score only trails the mark of 279 which was set last spring at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. The Hornets counted four scores of par or better during play on Monday and were led by a 69 from Corinne Viden and rounds of 70 from Julia Becker and Sofie Babic. The score allowed Sacramento State to open up a 15-stroke lead after the first round.

The team was even in the second round to finish the day at 281-288-569. Coastal Carolina is the closest team to the Hornets after shooting 297-289-586. The remainder of the top five is comprised of UC Davis (587), California (588) and Nevada (595).

Viden was never over par during her first round and carded a team-high five birdies in the morning. The sophomore parred her first two holes before consecutive birdies on the par-5 13th and par-3 16th. Her only two bogeys (Nos. 15 and 3) during the round were followed by birdies on the hole immediately following. She maintained her lead during the second round with another 69 despite beginning her round with a double bogey. After that misstep, Viden birdied four of her next five holes and eventually dropped to 4-under following a birdie on the par-4 seventh. She finished at 3-under after a bogey on No. 8 and two pars.

Babic was one of only two players to not have a bogey in the first round. She strung together eight consecutive pars to start her day before back-to-back birdies on the par-18th and par-5 first. She then parred her final eight holes to finish at 2-under par. The junior moved into sole possession of second place during the second round with her second straight 70. She once again did not have a bogey and finished with 16 pars as well as birdies on the par-3 17th and No. 1.

Becker was also at or below par for all of her first round. The senior recorded four pars to start the round and then birdied Nos. 13 and 14. She went on to add six straight pars and then moved to 4-under with birdies on the par-4 third and par-5 fourth. A double bogey on the par-3 fifth was her only bogey of the round. Her second round saw her bogey her first hole and eventually move to 5-over after bogeying three of four holes on the front side of the course. She birdied No. 7 to get back to 4-over and closed with a birdie. Becker's total of 70-76-146 has her tied for eighth place overall.

Nishtha Madam completed the first round with an ever-par 72. Madan started on No. 10 and made the turn even with birdies on the par-4 11th and par-3 17th along with a pair of bogeys. On the front side of the course, she bogeyed the par-3 second and fifth to move to 2-over before birdies on the par-4 sixth and seventh and two pars wrapped up her round. Madan shot 73 in the afternoon with a combination of three birdies and four bogeys. She was even or better for her first 11 holes until a bogey on the par-4 third took her to 1-over. However, she birdied the fourth hole to move back to even and remained there until closing with a bogey on the par-4 ninth. Madan sits alone in seventh place at 72-73-145.

Sydney Smith provided a round of 76 in the morning. Smith parred her first 11 holes but was derailed by a pair of double bogeys (Nos. 5 and 8) and a bogey on No. 9. She ended the round with a birdie on the par-4 11th. Smith matched her score in the second round and is tied for 31st. Her second round was comprised of two birdies and six bogeys.

Sacramento State was also represented by three individuals. Katie Dunaway led the trio in the opening round with a round of 72 for her lowest score in nearly three years. The senior was 2-under through her first 15 holes with birdies on the par-4 sixth and 10th holes. She moved back to even with bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14 before ending with two pars. Dunaway shot 74 in the second round and is tied for eighth along with Becker.

The third round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The Hornets will be paired with Coastal Carolina and UC Davis.

THE GUNROCK INVITATIONAL
Sacramento, Calif. | Del Paso CC
Par 72 | 6,224 Yards

TEAM STANDINGS
1. SACRAMENTO STATE 281-288-569
2. Coastal Carolina 297-289-586
3. UC Davis 296-291-587
4. California 298-290-588
5. Nevada 300-295-595
6. Grand Canyon 299-302-601
7. UC Riverside 309-294-603
8. Cal Poly 306-298-604
9. Northern Colorado 307-301-608
10. South Dakota 305-304-609
11. British Columbia 320-317-637

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Corinne Viden, SAC, 69-69-138
2. Sofie Babic, SAC, 70-70-140
T3. Siripatsorn Patchana, GCU, 71-71-142
T3. Marie Lunackova, CCU, 72-70-142
T3. Elena Arias Quiros, CAL, 70-72-142

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
1. Corinne Viden 69-69-138
2. Sofie Babic 70-70-140
7. Nishtha Madan 72-73-145
T8. Julia Becker 70-76-146
T8. Katie Dunaway 72-74-146*
T31. Sydney Smith 76-76-152
T44. Amelia Hicks 81-74-155*
56. Miki Manta 85-74-159*

* Competed as an individual