WOMEN'S GOLF OPENS SPRING SEASON IN WILD WEATHER
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — The Sacramento State women’s golf team battled the elements in the second round of Aztec Invitational on Monday. The Hornets were one of a handful of teams to complete all five of their individual rounds during the day before rain suspended play until Tuesday.
“Today was the toughest conditions we’ve played in since I’ve been coaching,” Sacramento State Director of Golf David Sutherland said. “The morning had 25 mile per hour winds, followed by rain blowing sideways and water puddling on the greens.
“With all that said, I’m proud of how our team responded. The scores may not look impressive at first glance but everyone really battled to make the most of their round.”
The Hornets were led on Monday by Samantha Saffold and Justine Chen who each shot 79. Chen opened her round by shooting 38 on the back nine of the Salt Creek Golf Club and concluded her round with a 41 on the front. Saffold carded a 42 on her opening nine holes but closed strongly with a birdie, six pars and two bogeys on the front. The pair are each 12-over through two rounds.
Freshman Julie Shutler added a round of 80 on Monday. Shutler had a round of 40-40-80 and is 15-over with one round left. Junior Brooke Green, who recorded a team best 75 on Sunday, shot 89 on Monday and is 20-over heading into Tuesday.
As a team, the Hornets are currently tied for13th overall in the 18-team field. Of the six teams that were able to complete their rounds on Monday, Sacramento State ranks second with a 327 which only trails 43rd-ranked Long Beach State (317).