WOMEN'S GOLF EXTENDS ITS LEAD TO 27 STROKES AT BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Sacramento State is not only on the verge of winning its first Big Sky Conference Women’s Golf Championship, the Hornets are on the cusp of rewriting the league record book.
Sacramento State shot a school-record round of 290 Tuesday during the second round of the Big Sky Championship at Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz. The 290 came a day after firing a 294. The Hornets will take a 27-stroke lead into Wednesday’s final round. Sacramento State’s 36-hole total of 584 leaves the Hornets on pace to break the 54-hole championship record of 886 set by Portland State in 2004.
"Our confidence is super high, and we knew we could go lower than yesterday,’’ Sacramento State coach Adam Pohll said.
The Hornets’ record-setting day was led by a three-under-par 69 from senior Margaux Sheehan. The senior from Anchorage, Alaska, carded four birdies on the front nine and made the turn at 34. She followed with a 35 on the back, with eight pars and a birdie on the 505-yard, par-5 11th. Sheehan’s 69 tied for the second-lowest round in championship history and the third lowest in school history. Sheehan, who fired a 71 on Monday, has a two-day total of 140 leading the individual race by four over teammate Heather LeMaster, and by seven over another teammate, Kim Coppin.
Sheehan needs to break 75 on Wednesday to set a new Big Sky Championship individual scoring record. The current record of 216 was set by Northern Arizona’s Lauren Gray in 2004.
"Margaux is a fifth-year senior who won a big tournament last year,’’ Pohll said. "She really set her goal this year to win this individual championship. For her to be in the spot she is in is fantastic.’’
LeMaster, a junior from Sacramento, shot 72 on Tuesday and is at even-par 144. She started the day with three straight birdies. Coppin carded a 74 . Emily Longcrier and Jennifer Parkes both shot 75. Longcrier is tied for 12th at 153. Parkes is tied for 14th at 154.
Wednesday’s final round begins at 7:15 a.m. with Montana State and Idaho State holding down the first three tee-times. Weber State, Eastern Washington and Portland State will start their tee-times at 7:50. Montana, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State start at 8:25, with the final round teeing off around 9 a.m.
2007 Big Sky Championship
Palm Valley Golf Course, Goodyear, Ariz.
Par 72, 6,165 yards
1. Sacramento State 294-290=584
2. Northern Arizona 311-300=611
3. Montana 320-298=618
4. Weber State 312-308=620
T5. Portland State 320-303=623
T5. Eastern Washington 318-305=623
7. Montana State 328-314=642
8. Idaho State 329-329=658
Top Five Individuals
1. Margaux Sheehan, SAC, 71-69=140
2. Heather LeMaster, SAC, 72-72=144
3. Kim Coppin, SAC, 73-74=147
4. Kelly Gillum, MSU, 73-76=149
T5. Jill Walker, UM, 78-72=150
T5. Aubree Nickle, WSU, 74-76=150
T5. Bethany LeClair, NAU, 72-78=150
Sacramento State Scores
1. Margaux Sheehan 71-69=140
2. Heather LeMaster 72-72=144
3. Kim Coppin 73-74=147
T12. Emily Longcrier 78-75=153
T14. Jennifer Parkes 79-75-154