WOMEN'S GOLF SIGNS FOUR TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's golf team signed four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, it was announced today by Director of Golf David Sutherland. The class is comprised of Samantha Stockton, Sagee Palavivatana, Rockelle Sande and Lexi Hall. All four will enroll as freshman in the fall of 2010.
"I'm really excited to have this talented group of golfers join our program," Sutherland said. "Each of them has shown the ability to compete at a high level in junior golf.
"Overall, this is the deepest recruiting class I've signed at Sacramento State."
A native of Rocklin, Calif., Stockton won the Sacramento Country Junior championship in 2010 with scores of 74-76-150 at Ancil Hoffman and the David Oxley JGANC tournament. She also placed second at the Sacramento City Junior, shooting 74-74-148 at Haggin Oaks. While competing for Whitney High School, Stockton set the Pioneer Valley League record with a round of 68 at Barley Cavanaugh. Stockton comes from a golfing family as her sister, Christina, played at San Francisco and her mother, Jolene, competed on the LPGA Tour.
Palavivatana is the reigning Sacramento City Junior champion. This past summer, she shot 71-72-143 to win the event at Haggin Oaks. She also reached the semifinals of the Northern California Junior Golf Association Match Play Championships in Ripon, Calif., and won the qualifier for Junior Worlds. While playing for Center High School, Palavivatana never lost a high school dual match and was named first team all-city. As a senior, she shot 32 in nine holes at Cherry Island and recorded a 33 at The Ridge. She finished fourth at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships with a round of 73.
Sande captured both the Eastern League and Northern Section titles in 2010. She crushed the rest of the field at the league championship, winning by 19 strokes. Sande went on to qualify for the NorCal High School Championships where she placed 16th. Over the summer, she was a three-time champion on the Junior Golf Association of Northern California (JGANC) tour. For her efforts, Sande earned the JGANC Most Improved Player Award. That honor has gone to several players currently on the LPGA Tour, including Paula Creamer.
The lone out-of-state signee, Hall hails from Austin, Texas. As a junior at Lake Travis High School, Hall earned all-district honors after shooting 85-69-74-228 to place second at the district championship. In the fall of her senior year, Hall shot 76-76-152 to win the Southside Lady Cardinal Fall Classic in San Antonio.