SAFFOLD CLAIMS FIRST CAREER VICTORY WITH PLAYOFF WIN AT CAL POLY
Samantha Saffold (third from left) and Jake Johnson (fourth from left) each finished first at the Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Challenge.
ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. — Sacramento State senior Samantha Saffold defeated Alex Phillips of Cal Poly in a one-hole playoff to become the medalist at the Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Challenge on Friday at the Cypress Ridge Golf Club.
Saffold relied on an even-par first round along with an 81 on Friday to shoot 153 in the 36-hole event. The senior then recorded a par of the par-4 18th hole in the playoff while Phillips carded a bogey. The victory was the first for Sacramento native during her collegiate career.
The Hornets finished in second place with a two-round total of 631. Host Cal Poly rallied from an 11-stroke deficit after the first round to win the team title (319-305-624). Montana finished third at 633.
On Friday, Kristen Watson led Sacramento State with a round of 80. Saffold, junior Julie Shutler and sophomore Kercia Brakel each shot 81 to contribute toward the team total.
Along with Saffold, freshman Ellese Dias finished in the top 10, tying for ninth place with rounds of 76-82-158. Shutler placed 13th overall at 79-81-160 and Brakel tied for 17th at 81-81-162. Watson completed the lineup by tying for 28th with a total of 88-80-168.
Sacramento State will next compete at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic beginning on April 6. The tournament, which features the majority of the Big Sky Conference teams, will be a tuneup for the conference championships which will be held on the same course in mid-April.
TEAM SCORES (Par 73)
1. Cal Poly 319-305-624
2. SACRAMENTO STATE 308-323-631
3. Montana 321-312-633
4. British Columbia 325-313-638
5. Cal Poly "B" 329-319-648
6. Seattle 315-335-650
7. Cal State San Marcos 342-336-678
8. Eastern Washington 342-339-681
9. Cal State Bakersfield 355-369-724
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS
T1. Samantha Saffold, SAC, 72-81-153*
T1. Alex Phillips, CPB, 79-74-153
3. Asia Adell, CP, 78-76-154
T4. Lindsay Manion, BC, 81-74-155
T4. Carissa Simmons, UM, 79-76-155
T4. Ashli Helstrom, UM, 77-78-155
* Won in playoff
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T1. Samantha Saffold 72-81-153
T9. Ellese Dias 76-82-158
13. Julie Shutler 79-81-160
T17. Kercia Brakel 81-81-162
T28. Kristen Watson 88-80-168