SAFFOLD LEADS WOMEN'S GOLF AT UNLV SPRING REBEL INVITATIONAL
LAS VEGAS — Freshman Samantha Saffold shot a 2-over 74 in the third and final round of the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational and finished tied for 35th place to lead Sacramento State. Saffold concluded the tournament with a total of 222 and had rounds of 77, 71, and 74.
Washington State and Brigham Young tied for the top team score after each team posted a total of 859. However, WSU was given the title based on the tournament tie-breaker. Oregon (869), Texas Tech (870) and San Francisco (870) completed the top five. The Hornets finished in 14th place with a total of 902.
Individually, Oregon’s Cathryn Bristow shot 8-under over the three rounds to become the medalist by two strokes. Bristow carded 69-69-70.
Saffold was the most consistent performer for Sacramento State at the event. The freshman opened with a 77 on Monday and then proceeded to shoot a 1-under 71 on Tuesday before closing out with a 74 on Wednesday. Her second round score was four strokes better than her closest teammate while her final round tied Brooke Green for the team’s best mark.
On Wednesday, Saffold began her round on the 10th hole and opened with three straight pars before birdying the par-5 13th. She moved back to even with a bogey on the next hole before five straight pars left her even at the turn. Her final nine holes proved to a little tougher as she bogeyed the first hole, pared the second and then bogeyed the third before playing the next five holes at 1-under. A bogey on nine left her 2-over for the round.
Sophomore Brooke Green matched Saffold’s 74 on Wednesday. Green pared her first six holes, bogeyed the 16th and then pared the final two. A bogey on the 1st hole took her to 2-over and she eventually bogeyed the 8th to raise to 3-over for the round. However, Green closed with a birdie on the par-5 ninth for her second best round of the day, She concluded the tournament at 78-75-74-227 to tie for 54th place.
Heather LeMaster also finished tied for 54th with rounds of 73, 78, and 76. Kim Coppin tied for 85th at 75-77-86-238 and Emily Longcrier was 88th at 74-87-78-239.
The Hornets will next compete at their own Sacramento State Invitational. The two-round event will take place at Lincoln Hills Golf Club on March 31 and April 1. Lincoln Hills will also serve as host of the NCAA West Regional later this spring.
T1. Washington State 285-289-285-859*
T1. BYU 293-284-282-859
3. Oregon 292-291-286-869
T4. Texas Tech 292-286-292-870
T4. San Francisco 291-290-289-870
6. UNLV 284-302-287-873
7. UC Davis 296-294-285-875
8. Campbell 297-293-293-883
9. Idaho 297-293-297-887
10. Washington 293-297-298-888
11. Indiana 295-299-295-889
12. Fresno State 301-293-296-890
13. Colorado State 304-294-303-901
14. SACRAMENTO STATE 299-301-302-902
15. New Mexico State 305-302-296-903
16. Kansas State 311-301-303-915
17. Eastern Washington 322-315-290-927
18. Long Beach State 321-309-310-940
* Won on tie-breaker
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Cathryn Bristow, UO, 69-69-70-208
2. Ulrika van Niekerk, TTU, 70-71-69-210
T3. Jade Bollinger, BYU, 71-71-70-212
T3. Christina Yoon, UW, 73-72-67-212
T5. Kendra Little, UO, 72-74-67-213
T5. Christina Stockton, UO, 69-72-72-213
T5. Therese Koelbaek, UNLV, 71-71-71-213
SACRAMENTO STATE FINISHERS
T35. Samantha Saffold 77-71-74-222
T54. Brooke Green 78-75-74-227
T54. Heather LeMaster 73-78-76-227
T88. Kim Coppin 75-77-86-238
88. Emily Longcrier 74-87-78-239