PERSSON WINS FIRESTONE GRILL COLLEGE INVITATIONAL; TEAM PLACES SECOND
NIPOMO, Calif. — Lisa Persson claimed her first individual title as a Hornet and Tiffany Nichols tied for third to lead the Sacramento State women's golf team to a second-place finish at the Firestone Grill College Invitational.
Persson, who transferred to Sacramento State from Shorter University, shot 71-72-75-218 to finish one stroke ahead of Cal State Northridge's Clariss Guce. The Jonkoping, Sweden, native becomes the first Hornet woman to win a tournament since Samantha Saffold finished first at the Cal Poly Lamkin Grip Challenge in March of 2011.
Persson's 54-hole total of 218 is the seventh-lowest in school history. Her effort comes just one tournament after she recorded a hole-in-one and shot 69 at the WSU Cougar Cup.
Nichols, who is also new to the team this fall after transferring from San Jose State, shot 75-74-72-221 which ranks eighth in the Hornet record book. Her 1-over par round of 72 in the third round was the best on the team.
Sacramento State finished second with a three-round total of 911. Host Cal Poly held on to its first-day lead to shoot 901.
Sophomore Lexie Hall tied for 17th with rounds of 78-79-79-236. Freshman Natalie Bodnar carded rounds of 82-79-77-238 to tie for 19th and sophomore Sagee Palavivatana was 28th after shooting 82-85-77-244. Playing as an individual, Rockelle Sande tied for 34th place at 79-86-88-253.
The Hornets return to action on Oct. 22 at the SCU Colby Invitational hosted by Santa Clara.
Firestone Grill College Invitational
Nipomo, Calif. • Monarch Dunes Golf Club
Par 71 • 6,007 Yards
1. Cal Poly 300-302-299-901
2. SACRAMENTO STATE 306-304-301-911
3. Cal Poly B 323-305-306-934
4. CS Northridge 312-314-312-938
5. CS Bakersfield 321-323-311-955
6. Claremont Mudd Scripps 330-331-310-971
7. Biola 316-340-327-983
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Lisa Persson, SAC, 71-72-75-218
2. Clariss Guce, CSN, 73-74-72-219
T3. Tiffany Nichols, SAC, 75-74-72-221
T3. Drew Thomas, CP, 74-73-74-221
5. Asia Adell, CP, 78-72-72-222
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
1. Lisa Persson 71-72-75-218
T3. Tiffany Nichols 75-74-72-221
T17. Lexie Hall 78-79-79-236
T19. Natalie Bodnar 82-79-77-238
28. Sagee Palavivatana 82-85-77-244
T34. Rockelle Sande 79-86-88-253