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WOMEN'S GOLF MOVES UP AS WINDS AND SCORES SOAR IN SECOND ROUND OF CLE ELUM REGIONAL

WOMEN'S GOLF MOVES UP AS WINDS AND SCORES SOAR IN SECOND ROUND OF CLE ELUM REGIONAL

CLE ELUM, Wash. — The Sacramento State women's golf team fought through gusty winds to post its second straight round of 302 at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional on Tuesday at Tumble Creek Golf Course. Scores rose considerably for 14 of the 18 teams in the field during the second round. The Hornets were able to pass one team in the standings, drew closer to several others, and will enter the final round on Wednesday in 14th place.

Sacramento State started the second round on the 10th tee and had to fight its way back from a tough start on the opening two holes. All five members of the lineup failed to record par on the opening hole (No. 10) and only Corinne Viden (birdie) and Nishtha Madan (par) were able to do so on the second. From there, the team settled down and began to make up some ground. The Hornets were 5-over at the midway point of the round as Viden and Madan were both 1-under. The front nine holes of the course, once again, proved to play tougher as Sacramento State had a team score of 9-over.

Individually, Viden totaled 74 for the best round on the team. The sophomore stood at 1-under through her first six holes after birdies on the par-5 14th and 15th. She stayed there following five consecutive pars before returning to even with a bogey on the par-4 third. After four more pars, Viden ended her round with bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18.

Madan shot 75 and leads the team with a 36-hole total of 146 which ties her for 17th overall. She double bogeyed the 10th hole but bounced back with birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 as well as the par-5 18th. Consecutive bogeys started the front side of the course for the junior and she later added a double bogey on the par-3 seventh and running her tee shot through the green and into some shrubs behind the hole.

Julia Becker also posted a round of 75 for the second consecutive day. Becker was 3-over on her first nine holes with a birdie on the par-5 15th and four bogeys. She had the best score on the team on holes Nos. 1-9 as she played even with a birdie on the par-5 fourth and a bogey on the par-5 eighth.

Sofie Babic started with bogey-double bogey-bogey on her first three holes and later rose to 5-over before she birdied the par-5 18th. Babic parred Nos. 1-5 but bogeyed Nos. 6 and 7 to take her to 6-over. She finished at that mark after a birdie on the par-5 eighth and a bogey on No. 18.

Freshman Sydney Smith helped stabilize the team over the first nine holes and she had six pars and three bogeys, including two on the first two holes. She played the front nine at 4-over and was assisted by a birdie on the par-5 fourth.

Sacramento State will enter the third round just four strokes out of 12th place and 16 from the top six. Top-ranked USC extended its lead to 12 strokes and the Trojans shot 285 and were the only team under par during the round. Host Washington is second and is followed by San Jose State (6-over), Arkansas (7-over) and Northwestern (10-over). Ohio State and UCF are tied for sixth place at 12-over with Oregon State and Oregon both within three strokes. The top six teams following play on Wednesday will advance to the NCAA Championships.

The Hornets will have the same team time slots in the third round as they did in the second round. Sacramento State will be paired with Old Dominion and Miami off the 10th tee beginning at 9:30 a.m.

NCAA CLE ELUM REGIONAL
Cle Elum, Wash. | Tumble Creek GC
Par 72 | 6,306 Yards

TEAM STANDINGS
1. USC (1) - 281-285-566
2. Washington (19) - 285-293-578
3. San Jose State (29) - 289-293-582
4. Arkansas (8) - 287-296-583
5. Northwestern (16) - 284-302-586
T6. Ohio State - 293-295-588
T6. UCF (49) - 290-298-588
8. Oregon State (36) - 293-296-589
9. Oregon (26) - 295-296-591
T10. South Carolina (9) - 298-296-594
T10. San Diego State (47) - 296-298-594
12. Iowa State (43) - 299-301-600
13. Old Dominion (40) - 293-309-602
14. SACRAMENTO STATE - 302-302-604
15. Miami (23) - 299-314-613
16. Boston - 307-318-625
17. New Mexico State - 321-305-626
18. Southern Illinois - 322-320-642
( ) - National rank

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Jennifer Chang, USC, 70-67-137
T2. Rino Sasaki, UW, 68-70-138
T2. Ana Laura Collado, UCF, 66-72-138
4. Kathleen Scavo, ORE, 67-72-139
5. Aneka Seumanutafa, OSU, 70-70-140

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T17. Nishtha Madan 71-75-146
T40. Julia Becker 75-75-150
T64. Corinne Viden 79-74-153
T73. Sydney Smith 77-79-156
80. Sofie Babic 80-78-158