WHAT TO KNOW
The Sacramento State women's golf team will make its third NCAA Div. I postseason appearance when it heads to the Cle Elum Regional. The tournament, which will be hosted by Washington, will take place May 6-8 at the Tumble Creek Golf Club.
The Hornets earned the berth into the field after winning the Big Sky Conference Championship by 20 strokes. Sacramento State is seeded 15th among the 18 teams in the regional field. The top six teams advance to the NCAA Championships at The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Hornets will continue to use the same lineup they have used all spring. Senior Julia Becker will play at No. 1 and will be followed by Sofie Babic, Nishtha Madan, Corinne Viden and Sydney Smith. The top four players have been in the Sacramento State lineup for all 11 tournaments this season while Smith has played in each of the six spring events after transferring in at the semester.
Sacramento State will be paired with Central Florida and Ohio State during the opening round of the tournament. The teams will go off the first team beginning at 10:20 a.m. PDT. Tee times for the second and third round will be set based on scores.
The Hornets are 0-10 this season against teams which will also play in the Cle Elum Regional. Sacramento State has faced Old Dominion, Central Florida, San Diego State and San Jose State twice as well as New Mexico State and Miami once in 2018-19.
All five members of the Sacramento State lineup were recognized on the all-Big Sky Conference teams. The list was headlined by Julia Becker and Corinne Viden who earned first team all-league honors. Sofie Babic and Nishtha Madan were placed on the second team while Sydney Smith earned honorable mention.
The Big Sky all-conference teams and awards were selected following the conclusion of the regular season, using a points system based on the Golfstat National Ranking, the Golfweek National Ranking and the adjusted score to par provided by Golfstat.
David Sutherland was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Sacramento State earned the automatic berth to an NCAA regional after winning the Big Sky Championship by 20 strokes. The team was led by Corinne Viden who tied for the lowest 54-hole score by shooting 74-71-70-215 before falling to Northern Colorado's Beah Cruz in a playoff. The Hornets totaled an 8-under par team score of 280 in the final round with the help of a school record 66 from Julia Becker.
Sacramento State has finished among the top four in seven of its 10 tournaments this season. The team picked up its first win of the year at the Gunrock Invitational on March 4-5 where Viden was the medalist after setting the school 54-hole record at 69-69-70-208.
The Hornets also finished fourth at the Lamkin Invitational match play event. After earning the final berth to the bracket after a single round of stroke play, Sacramento State upset then No.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOK
The current members of the team have left their mark in the Sacramento State record book as the group accounts for the top four career scoring averages, nine of the top 10 single-season scoring averages, 11 of the top 12 individual 54-hole totals and 21 of the top 29 individual single-round scores.
Coming into this week, Julia Becker and Corinne Viden are both on pace to break the single-season scoring record of 73.97 which was set by Astha Madan last season. Becker is averaging 73.32 while Viden is close behind at 73.52.
As a team, seven of the top 10 three-round tournaments scores have come in the last two years. That including the 859 at the Gunrock Invitational which ranks second in program history. Six of the top 12 team single-round scores have also come in the past two seasons. The most recent score of 280 from the third round of the Big Sky Championship ranks second and was just one stroke of the best mark.