DENVER HOLDS LEAD AFTER FIRST TWO ROUNDS OF NCAA REGIONAL PREVIEW HOSTED BY SACRAMENTO STATE
LINCOLN, Calif. — Led by two of the top seven golfers in the field, 12th-ranked Denver holds a 12-stroke lead after the opening two rounds of the NCAA Western Regional Preview hosted by Sacramento State on Monday. The three-round tournament will conclude on Tuesday with 18 holes at Lincoln Hills Golf Club.
Denver surged ahead after the opening round with a combined team score of 288. The Pioneers overcame unseasonably cool temperatures which pushed the start of the tournament back 30 minutes due to frost on the greens. Katie Kempter shot a 2-under 70 in the opening round and was trailed by a 71 from Stephanie Sherlock. Kempter later added a 73 in her second round and is tied for second at 1-under. The Pioneers also received a strong effort from Dawn Shockley who is tied for fourth at 74-71-145.
Washington State is second at 297-293-590 and is followed by Oregon (300-292-592), UNLV (301-296-597), UC Irvine (299-299-598) and Fresno State (305-293-598) in the top five.
Individually, WSU’s Amy Eneroth holds a 4-stroke lead. Eneroth opened with a round of 71 then blistered the course in the afternoon for a tournament low 68.
Sacramento State is 14th overall in the 19-team field. The Hornets shot 307 in the morning and added a second-round score of 308. Kim Coppin posted the lowest total on the team, 80-73-153, and is tied for 41st place. Samantha Saffold and Heather LeMaster are tied for 51st with matching scores of 73-81-154. Erica Yoshino (T62, 81-75-156) and Brooke Green (T91, 85-79-164) completed the Hornet lineup.
The tournament serves as a test run for most of the teams as Sacramento State will host the NCAA West Regional, May 8-10.
The final round of play will begin at 8:30 with a shotgun start. Live stats can be tracked at www.golfstat.com.
1. Denver 288-290-578
2. Washington State 297-293-590
3. Oregon 300-292-592
4. UNLV 301-296-597
T5. UC Irvine 299-299-598
T5. Fresno State 305-293-598
7. UC Davis 300-299-599
8. Eastern Washington 302-298-600
9. Colorado 307-296-603
10. San Diego State 311-301-612
T11. San Francisco 304-309-613
T11. Cal Poly 305-308-613
13. Northern Arizona 319-295-614
14. Sacramento State 307-308-615
15. Cal State Northridge 311-307-618
16. Santa Clara 308-313-621
17. Nevada 310-317-627
18. Idaho 310-322-632
19. Cal State Bakersfield 342-340-682
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Amy Eneroth, WSU, 71-68-139
T2. Katie Kempter, DU, 70-73-143
T2. Alice Kim, UCD, 71-72-143*
T4. Dawn Shockley, DU, 74-71-145
T4. Cathryn Bristow, UO, 75-70-145
T4. Natasha Krshna, UNLV, 73-72-145
T4. Sophia Choi, NAU, 76-769-145
* Playing as an individual
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T41. Kim Coppin 80-73-153
T51. Samantha Saffold 73-81-154
T51. Heather LeMaster 73-81-154
T62. Erica Yoshino 81-75-156
T91. Brooke Green 85-79-164