SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Corinne Viden recorded her first career victory and set the school record to spark the Sacramento State women's golf team to its first tournament title of 2018-19. The Hornets led wire-to-wire to claim the title at The Gunrock Invitational on Tuesday at Del Paso Country Club.
Sacramento State jumped to a commanding lead on Monday after shooting 7-under par in the first round. The team led by 17 strokes at the end of the first day and cruised to the victory in the rain on Tuesday. The Hornets finished at 281-288-290-859 to record the second lowest three-round total in school history. Sacramento State finished the tournament 16 strokes ahead of second-place Cal which entered the event ranked 44th nationally.
"It was really important for us to make a statement in this tournament," head coach David Sutherland said. "There were a lot of good teams in the field and we had a lot of supporters out there behind us. Del Paso is a place that we spend a lot of time and we were able to play well from the beginning. All eight members of our team had at least one good round. Corinne was outstanding and I'm very happy for her.
"When we have everyone playing well we are a tough team to beat. Getting off to such a good start in the first day really put us in a good spot. The collective energy was awesome."
Viden shot 69-69-70-208 to set several personal marks. The tournament marked the first top five finish of the sophomore's collegiate career and her 54-hole total was 10 strokes better than her previous low. The total also set the Sacramento State three-round tournament record by three strokes. The record of 211 had been shared by Nishtha Madan, Sofie Babic and Julia Becker.
Viden entered Tuesday with a two-stroke lead and immediately added some distance with birdies on the par-3 second, par-4 third and par-5 fifth holes. She made the turn at 2-under after a bogey on the par-4 eighth but earned that stroke back with a birdie on the par-3 11th. A double bogey came on the par-3 14th and moved her back to 1-under. She closed with a birdie on the par-3 17th and three pars over her final four holes. During the three rounds, the sophomore totaled 16 birdies with just four bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.
"It was so nice to play at our home course that we all know so well," Viden said. "It was really important to have our supporters all around the course and that definitely helped us. I was able to play well during the first day and had some pressure coming into today (with the lead). My goal was to make sure the team played well and wanted to go out and have fun."
Julia Becker matched Viden with a 2-under par round of 70 on Tuesday and tied for fourth at 70-76-70-216. The senior now has seven top-five finishes in her career and has two straight after tying for third at The Gold Rush last week. Becker parred nine of her first 10 holes of the third round with the exception being a bogey on the par-4 eighth. She moved under par with back-to-back birdies on the par-5 13th and par-3 14th before a bogey on the par-5 15th took her back to even. After a par, the senior rattled off three consecutive birdies over Nos. 17-1 to fall to 3-under but ended with a bogey on No. 2.
Sofie Babic ranked third on the team and tied for 10th overall at 70-70-80-220. Babic was 6-over through her first three holes with bogeys on either side of a quadruple on the par-3 second. She carded her lone birdie of the final round on the par-5 fourth before playing her final 14 holes at 3-over.
Nishtha Madan was one stroke back of Babic and tied for 13th at 72-73-76-221. Madan had a birdie on the par-3 fifth to fall to 1-under through four holes but moved back to even with a bogey on the next hole. She was 4-over over her last 13 holes with a pair of bogeys and a double bogey along with 10 pars.
Sydney Smith added a round of 75 and to place 31st (76-76-75-227). Smith had a slow start to her third round with two bogeys and a double on her first six holes. However, she played her final 12 holes at 1-under to finish at 3-over. The freshman had birdies on the par-4 11th, par-3 17th and par-4 first along with seven pars and two bogeys during the stretch.
Katie Dunaway had the low total among the Hornets' three individuals. Dunaway tied for 26th by shooting 72-74-79-225. Her third round was comprised of 12 pars, five bogeys and a double bogey. Miki Manta also shot 79 on Tuesday and Amelia Hicks completed the roster with an 82.
Sacramento State will next complete at the Juli Inkster Invitational co-hosted by San Jose State and San Francisco on March 18-19. The event will be held at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif.
THE GUNROCK INVITATIONAL
Sacramento, Calif. | Del Paso CC
Par 72 | 6,224 Yards
1. SACRAMENTO STATE 281-288-290-859
2. California 298-290-287-875
3. Coastal Carolina 297-289-293-879
4. UC Davis 296-291-300-887
T5. Nevada 300-295-304-899
T5. Grand Canyon 299-302-297-898
7. Cal Poly 306-298-304-908
8. Northern Colorado 307-301-301-909
9. UC Riverside 309-294-314-917
10. South Dakota 305-304-309-918
11. British Columbia 320-317-319-956
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Corinne Viden, SAC, 69-69-70-208
2. Cindy Oh, Cal, 73-71-69-213
3. Elena Arias Quiros, Cal, 70-72-73-215
T4. Julia Becker, SAC, 70-76-70-216
T4. Siripatsorn Patchana, GCU, 71-71-74-216
T4. Marie Lunackova, CCU, 72-70-74-216
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
1. Corinne Viden 69-69-70-208
T4. Julia Becker 70-76-70-216
T10. Sofie Babic 70-70-80-220
T13. Nishtha Madan 72-73-76-221
T26. Katie Dunaway 72-74-79-225*
31. Sydney Smith 76-76-74-226
T51. Amelia Hicks 81-74-82-237*
53. Miki Manta 85-74-79-238*
* Competed as an individual