Women’s golf places first in Sac State Invitational, second win of the season

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Sacramento State women’s golf closed out the Sacramento State Invitational, finishing in first place this afternoon at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville, California.

The Hornets combined to score a total of 299-300-302-901 overall and Cal State Northridge followed in second place. The Matadors were 18 strokes off of Sac State’s lead (297-317-306-920). This is the women’s second first place title in a 54-hole tournament this season.

“It is always different playing at home, since we travel every tournament except for this one and our friends and family members are out there watching,” said women’s golf coach David Sutherland. “I am really proud of the women today. All seven of them played great, and we are looking forward to what is ahead.”

Their score of 299 in the first round on Monday was their lowest total of the competition. In the second round they shot 300 and carded 302 in their final round Tuesday.

The University of Montana ended the tournament in third (310-303-309-922), the University of Northern Colorado followed in fourth with rounds of 310-312-306-928 and trailing in fifth place was the University of North Dakota (323-324-326-973).

Senior Sagee Palavivatana carried the team for the second consecutive time, carding rounds of 70-79-75-224, which was good enough to give her a second place finish. This was the senior’s highest finish in her career as a Hornet.

“Sagee played terrific all three rounds and finishing in second place,” Sutherland said.

Freshman Astha Madan was close to her teammates finish after tying for fourth place with a score of 75-78-75-228. In Madan’s final 11 holes, she was able to collect 10 pars and a birdie on the 13th holes.

Senior Lexie Hall lead the Hornets on Monday, shooting a 75 the first round and 70 her second round. She also had her first career hole-in-one on the 12th hole in the second round. The senior ended up tied for seventh place with fellow teammate Chloe Bartek. Hall totaled rounds of 75-70-85-230.

Bartek ended the final round Tuesday with 14 pars on her card, with an overall score of 79-76-76-230. Freshman Katie Dunaway rounded out the top 5 players for Sac State as she ended the tournament in 17th place (83-76-77-236).

Senior Nicolette Bondura (82-75-93-250) and junior Rockelle Sande (77-79-77-233) competed as individuals.

The medalist for the tournament was Montana’s sophomore Barbora Bakova, who finished just two strokes ahead of Palavivatana. She shot 75-74-73-222.

The Hornets next tournament will take place in Maricopa, Arizona, at the Cowgirl Classic on April 6. This will be their final event before the Big Sky Conference Championships on April 19.

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