SHUTLER LEADS WOMEN'S GOLF IN FIRST TOURNAMENT OF THE SPRING
FRESNO, Calif. — Sacramento State sophomore Julie Shutler shot rounds of 72 and 73 and sits 1-over in a tie for sixth place following the first day of the Fresno State Lexus Classic on Monday at the Copper River Golf Club.
As a team, the Hornets are in seventh place with a two-round total of 609. UC Davis holds the team lead heading into the final round. The Aggies shot 288-295-582 and are three strokes ahead of San Jose State. Fresno State and Santa Clara are tied for third at 597 while UC Irvine is fifth at 603.
Shutler opened the spring season with an even-par 72 in the morning round and was just 1-over in the afternoon. She opened play on the sixth hole with three pars and two birdies on the first five holes. However, three straight bogeys on the 11th, 12th and 13th moved her to 1-over. Shutler answered with six consecutive pars and a birdie on the par-3 second to drop back to even. Her final three holes consisted on a bogey on the par-5 sixth, a birdie on the par-4 third and a par.
In the second round, she recorded three pars before moving to 1-under with a birdie on the par-4 ninth. A streak of six straight pars were halted with a double-bogey on the par-4 16th. Three more pars were followed by another birdie to make her 2-over with three holes to play. Shutler immediately birdied the par-5 third and then parred the final two holes to close the day.
Freshman Kercia Brakel ranked second on the team and is tied for 24th overall after shooting 77-75-152. However, Brakel is competing as an individual in the tournament and did not count toward the team score.
Senior Brooke Green is tied for 31st. Green was 6-over in the morning with a round that consisted of one birdie, 12 pars, three bogeys and two double bogeys. In the afternoon, Green birdied two of the three par-3 holes and also had 11 pars, four bogeys and a double bogey.
Senior Annie Becker is one stroke behind Green and is tied for 37th. Becker shot 79-76-155 in her first tournament in the lineup this season.
Samantha Saffold and Justine Chen each finished the first day with a 36-hole total of 156. Saffold fired rounds of 80 and 76 while Chen carded 79-77.
Santa Clara's Miki Ueoka holds a two-stroke lead for the individual lead. Ueoka shot 69-72-141 and is followed by San Jose State Cristina Corpus (74-69) and Amy Simanton of UC Davis (74-69).
The tournament concludes with one round on Tuesday.
1. UC Davis 288-294-582
2. San Jose State 296-289-585
T3. Fresno State 301-296-597
T3. Santa Clara 292-305-597
5. UC Irvine 302-301-603
6. Gonzaga 302-302-604
7. SACRAMENTO STATE 308-301-609
8. Portland State 310-300-610
9. Nevada 306-305-611
10. Boise State 310-304-614
11. Cal Poly 308-311-619
12. CS Fullerton 308-313-621
13. Seattle 324-318-642
14. Eastern Washington 331-339-670
INDIVIDUAL TOP FVIE
1. Miki Ueoka, SC, 69-72-141
T2. Cristina Corpus, SJSU, 74-69-143
T2. Amy Simanton, UCD, 74-69-143
T4. Halo Coppin, FS, 75-69-144
T4. Alice Kim, UCD, 70-74-144
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T6. Julie Shulter 72-73-145
T24. Kercia Brakel 77-75-152*
T31. Brooke Green 78-76-154
T37. Annie Becker 79-76-155
T43. Samantha Saffold 80-76-156
T43. Justine Chen 79-77-156
* Competing as an individual