WOMEN'S GOLF, SHUTLER TIED FOR SECOND AT CHIP-N CLUB INVITATIONAL
LINCOLN, Neb. — Sophomore Julie Shutler posted the third-best round in school history in the morning and is currently tied for second place after the first day of the Chip-N Club Invitational, hosted by Nebraska, on Monday. Sacramento State is also tied for second in the team standings heading into the final round on Tuesday.
"I'm pleased with the way we played today," Sacramento State head coach David Sutherland said. "We have a good opportunity to start the year with a win against a very tough field."
Shutler opened her morning round on the ninth tee and following a par, bogeyed the par-4 10th hole to move to 1-over. From that point, she birdied the 11th, 13th and 16th holes and parred the other 13 for her best career round. The Manteca, Calif., native parred her final 10 holes to move into a three-way tie in the school's record book. Her score matches Heather LeMaster (2006) and Brooke Green (2009). Sarah Kykendall set the school record in 2005 with a round of 68.
In the afternoon round, Shutler opened with four more pars before a bogey on the par-4 13th snapped her run. She added five more and then birdies the par-4 1st. A bogey on the 2nd was followed by five pars and a birdie in her final six holes.
"This was a great day for Julie," Sutherland said. "I couldn't be happier for her. She worked hard on her game over the summer and the results were visible."
Fellow sophomore Justin Chen and junior Samantha Saffold each had two rounds of 74 or better. Chen is tied for sixth place with rounds of 74-72-146. Her opening round consisted of four birdies, eight pars and six bogeys. She lowered that total by two strokes in the afternoon with three birdies, 12 pars and three bogeys.
Saffold fired a pair of 74s and is tied for 11th. She began her day with back-to-back bogeys and stood at 4-over through her first eight holes. From that point, she played her remaining 10 holes at 2-under, taking advantage of three birdies. In the afternoon she mixed two birdies, 12 pars and four bogeys.
Brooke Green and Hannah Summerhays completed the lineup for the Hornets. Green posted a round of 83 in the morning but bounced back with a 76 in the afternoon. Her final round included a stretch of three consecutive birdies on the 16th-18th holes.
Summerhays, who was playing in her first collegiate event in over a year, shot 82 in both rounds.
Freshman Kercia Brakel is also competing in the tournament as an individual. Brakel shot 81 in both rounds.
Sacramento State's second round total of 294 is tied for second in school history. The record of 290 was set in the second round of the 2007 Big Sky Championship.
The Hornets' two-round total of 594 places the team four strokes behind Missouri. Nebraska also shot 294 and is tied for second on their home course. Kansas (596) and Arkansas-Little Rock (609) are fourth and fifth, respectively.
North Dakota State's Amy Anderson holds a one-shot lead over Shutler and Kansas' Emily Powers. Anderson shot 69-72-141.
1. Missouri 299-291-590
T2. Sacramento State 304-290-594
T2. Nebraska 300-294-594
4. Kansas 301-295-596
5. Arkansas-Little Rock 303-306-609
6. Kansas State 305-305-610
7. Illinois State 306-307-613
8. Wichita State 315-306-621
9. Missouri State 318-304-622
T10. Northern Iowa 312-319-631
T10. Arkansas State 315-316-631
12. South Dakota State 328-312-640
13. North Dakota State 322-320-642
14. Creighton 326-319-645
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Amy Anderson, NDSU, 69-72-141
T2. Julie Shutler, SAC, 70-72-142
T2. Emily Powers, KAN, 70-72-142
T4. Natalie Gleadall, NEB, 74-70-144
T4. Michell Morgan, MIZZOU, 72-72-144
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T2. Julie Shutler 70-72-142
T6. Justine Chen 74-72-146
T11. Samantha Saffold 74-74-148
T47. Brooke Green 83-76-159
70. Hannah Summerhays 82-82-164
T61. Kercia Brakel* 81-81-162
*Competing as individual