WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES NINTH AT RAINBOW WAHINE
WAHIAWA, Hawaii — Junior Tiffany Nichols led the Sacramento State women's golf team with a 1-over par 73 in the final round of the Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Wednesday.
Sacramento State finished ninth in the team standings with a three-round total of 316-310-310-936. Florida International finished first at 895 and was followed by Toledo (897), Washington State (898) and Eastern Michigan (903).
Nichols had the lowest score among Sacramento State golfers by five strokes on Wednesday. The junior tied for 44th overall and finished the tournament at 82-80-83-235. In her final round, Nichols began on the 14th hole and was 1-under after a birdie on the par-4 16th. A bogey on 17 was followed by five consecutive pars. A bogey on the par-3 fifth led to eight more pars.
Sophomore Lexie Hall ranked second on the team on Wednesday with a round of 78. Hall had a birdie on the par-4 fourth to go along with 10 pars and seven bogeys. Overall, Hall tied for 60th place after carding rounds of 87-78-78-243.
Sagee Palavivatana added a round of 79 and tied for 51st in the tournament. Palavivatana's third round featured three birdies, nine pars, two bogeys and four double bogeys.
Nicolette Bondura contributed the final score toward the team total in the third round with an 80. Bondura had a birdie, nine pars, seven bogeys and a double bogey to reach her total.
Lisa Persson, who led the team with two rounds of 75 on Tuesday, shot 81 and dropped to 32nd place overall. Persson did not have a birdie in her round and ended with 10 pars, seven bogeys and a double bogey.
Natalie Bodnar and Kercia Brakel both competed as individuals in the tournament and both tied for 56th place with a 54-hole total of 240.
The tournament was the final event for Sacramento State during the fall. The Hornets will next compete at the Folino Invitational beginning on Feb. 17.
RAINBOW WAHINE INVITATIONAL
Leilehua GC • Wahiawa, Hawaii
Par 72 • 6,228 Yards
1. Florida International 294-301-300-895
2. Toledo 299-296-302-897
3. Washington State 301-296-301-898
4. Eastern Michigan 310-298-295-903
5. UC Irvine 305-297-302-904
6. Memphis 307-300-301-908
7. Boise State 302-302-307-911
8. BYU 304-314-302-920
9. SACRAMENTO STATE 316-310-310-936
10. Hawaii 314-310-313-937
11. New Mexico State 315-317-314-946
12. North Dakota State 316-322-319-957
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Shelby Coyle, FIU 72-73-73-218*
2. Sarah Johnson, EMU, 73-72-73-218
3. Alex Alang, MEM, 71-74-74-219
4. Amy Anderson, NDSU, 75-73-72-220
5. Sathika Ruenereong, TOL, 76-72-73-221
* Won on first hole of playoff
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
32. Lisa Persson 75-75-81-231
T44. Tiffany Nichols 82-80-73-235
T51. Sagee Palavivatana 78-71-79-238
T51. Nicolette Bondura 81-77-80-238
T56. Natalie Bodnar 81-80-79-240*
T56. Kercia Brakel 80-81-79-240*
T60. Lexie Hall 87-78-78-243
Competed as an individual