BOULDER CITYM Nev. — The winds increased during the second round of the Big Sky Women's Golf Championship and the scores also rose. Despite shooting seven strokes higher on Saturday than it did on Friday, Sacramento State increased its lead and will head into Sunday's final round with a seven stroke advantage.
The Hornets shot 297 in the second round to finish at 9-over par. That score, combined with the first round total of 290, gives Sacramento State a two-round total of 587. Eastern Washington, which was paired with the Hornets in the second round, remains in second place at 594. Northern Colorado jumped into third place (599) while Idaho is fourth (603).
"We got off to a tough start but I'm really proud of how the team played on the back nine," Sacramento State head coach David Sutherland said. "We had good energy and were able to extend our lead even though we didn't play our best golf. Everyone is excited for the final round tomorrow."
Sacramento State was led in the second round by Nishtha Madan and Corinne Viden who each shot 71 to finish 1-under par and rank among the top 10. Madan birdied the par-5 second hole and stayed at 1-under until a bogey on the par-4 ninth. She parred her first four holes on the back nine before a bogey on the par-4 14th took her above par for the first time during the round. The junior ended her day by alternating pars and birdies over the final four holes. Her two-round total of 76-71-147 has her tied for seventh place.
Viden is tied for third after shooting 74-71-145. Viden was steady throughout her round, carding 15 pars with two birdies and a bogey. She parred her first six holes before a birdie on the par-4 seventh. Her lone bogey of the round came on the par-4 11th which took her back to even. She returned to the red with a birdie on the par-5 13th and parred her last five holes.
Sydney Smith ranked third on the team on Saturday with a 5-over par round of 77. Smith had three bogeys on the front nine and played the back nine at 2-over with eight pars and a double bogey on the par-4 14th.
Julia Becker added a round of 78 to complete the team total. Becker battled her way through the first nine holes where she had three bogeys and a triple bogey on the par-4 ninth. She was even on the back nine with birdies on Nos. 10 and 14 and bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18.
Sofie Babic, who led the team in the first round, shot 81 on Saturday. Babic was 6-over at the midway point of her round with a birdie, two bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey. She was 3-over on the back nine with six pars and three bogeys.
Northern Colorado's Beah Cruz holds the individual lead at 69-73-142 which places her two strokes ahead of Northern Arizona's Aleksandra Chekalina. Viden and Eastern Washington's Madalyn Ardueser are three strokes off the lead.
Sacramento State will be paired with Northern Colorado and Eastern Washington during the third round. The first groups will go off the first tee at 9:15 a.m. while the last pairings will tee off at 9:51 p.m. The winner of the Big Sky Championship will earn a berth into an NCAA regional.
BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Boulder City, Nev. | Boulder Creek GC
Par 72 | 6,395 Yards
1. SACRAMENTO STATE 290-297-587
2. Eastern Washington 293-301-594
3. Northern Colorado 299-300-599
4. Idaho 296-307-603
T5. Portland State 294-310-604
T5. Montana State 294-310-604
7. Northern Arizona 299-310-609
8. Southern Utah 305-307-612
9. Weber State 309-316-625
10. Montana 307-325-632
11. Idaho State 317-326-643
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Beah Cruz, UNC, 69-73-142
2. Aleksandra Chekalina, NAU, 72-72-144
T3. Corinne Viden, SAC, 74-71-145
T3. Madalyn Ardueser, EWU, 70-75-145
T5. Jasmine Cabajar, PSU, 73-73-146
T5. Marisa Hisaki, UNC, 73-73-146
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T3. Corinne Viden 74-71-145
T7. Nishtha Madan 76-71-147
T14. Sofie Babic 69-81-180
T14. Sydney Smith 73-77-180
T21. Julia Becker 74-78-152