WOMEN'S GOLF RALLIES LATE IN SECOND ROUND OF WSU TOURNAMENT TO TIE FOR SECOND
PULLMAN, Wash. — Sparked by stellar play from all five players on the back nine, the Sacramento State women's golf team remained in second place following the second round of the WSU Inland Cup on Tuesday. The Hornets struggled as a team through the opening nine holes, combining to go 22-over. However, the team played the back nine at 2-over and counted four scores at 1-under.
As a team, Sacramento State is tied with Nevada with a 36-hole total of 613. The Hornets are 12 strokes off of the mark set by Idaho for the top spot. The remainder of the top five is comprised of Gonzaga (621) and Washington State (624).
“The key to today’s round was our ability to bounce back from a shaky front nine to post a one under back nine on a golf course that was playing extremely tough,” head coach David Sutherland said.
Sophomore Julie Shutler and freshman Kercia Brakel recorded the lowest rounds of the day for the Hornets at 75. Shutler 6-over after seven holes but began her turnaround with a birdie on the par-4 seventh. She added three birdies with just one bogey on the back nine and is now 13th overall with a score of 79-75-154.
Brakel was steady for most of the round, tallying 11 pars and five bogeys through 16 holes. The freshman ended her round with back-to-back birdies on a pair of par-5s for her lowest round of the year. Combined with her opening round of 87, she is now tied for 43rd overall.
“Kercia played extremely well for a freshman in only her second career collegiate round," Sutherland said. "She battled the windy conditions and birdied the final two holes to post a 75.“
Senior Brooke Green led the team with a 3-over 39 on the front side. Green was the only Sacramento State golfer to have two birdies in the first nine holes to go along with three pars, three bogeys and a double bogey. Her back nine opened with bogey-birdie-bogey before running off four pars and bogey to end her round. Green is tied for 14th overall at 76-79-155.
Samantha Saffold is tied for 10th overall at 75-78-153. On Tuesday, Saffold began play at 5-over through the first three holes but then got back on track with five straight pars. On the back side, she birdied the par-4 15th and the par-5 18th to play even.
Sophomore Justine Chen rounded out the lineup with a score of 79. Chen was 4-over on the front and 3-over on the back but did not record a birdie in the round. Chen is now tied for 14th overall at 76-79-155.
Hannah Summerhays also competed as an individual and shot 81 to tie her for 47th place with a 36-hole total of 163.
Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro shot a 1-under 71 for the lowest round of the day. Combined with her opening round score of 74, Mortellaro holds a one-stroke lead over teammate Amanda Jacobs in the individual standings.
The tournament will conclude with the third round on Wednesday.
1. Idaho 309-292-601
T2. Sacramento State 308-305-613
T2. Nevada 307-306-613
4. Gonzaga 312-309-621
5. Washington State 320-304-624
6. Oregon State 309-318-627
T7. Montana 318-311-629
T7. Fresno State 323-306-629
9. Portland State 320-319-639
10. Boise State 324-329-653
11. Seattle 336-319-655
12. Weber State 343-319-662
13. Eastern Washington 333-336-669
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Kayla Mortellaro, UI, 74-71-145
2. Amanda Jacobs, UI, 72-74-146
3. Sage Suffecool, GON, 74-73-147
4. Ali Thompson, WSU, 77-71-148
5. Teo Poplawski, UI, 80-69-149
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T10. Samantha Saffold 75-78-153
13. Julie Shutler 79-75-154
T14. Brooke Green 78-77-155
T14. Justine Chen 76-79-155
T43. Kercia Brakel 87-75-162
T47. Hannah Summerhays* 82-81-163