WAHIAWA, Hawaii — With three scores of 74 or better, the Sacramento State women's golf team rallied from a three-stroke deficit entering the third round to win the Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Wednesday at Leilehua Golf Course.
The Hornets shot 300 in the second round and surged behind the play of Sagee Palavivatana (73), Lisa Persson (74) and Chloe Bartek (74) to win for the first time this season. Sacramento State shot 299-303-300-902 and finished one stroke ahead of both Hawaii and New Mexico State.
"Obviously, we're very excited to have a performance like this," Sacramento State director of golf David Sutherland said. "I'm very proud of how they played this week, especially since most didn't touch a club for most of the week.
"I've said that I think this is the strongest women's team I've coached at Sacramento State and this just shows what we can do. Hopefully this is the first of several this season."
Palavivatana finished tied for fourth overall at 76-75-73-224. Her 54-hole total was the lowest of her career while the tie for fourth is her best finish. In her final round, the junior began on the first hole and played the front nine even with birdies on Nos. 2, 8 and 9 and bogeys on Nos. 4, 6, 7. On the back nine, she birdied the par-5 11th to drop to 1-under. However, a double bogey on the par-3 12th pushed her to 1-over where she remained for the rest of the round.
Persson tied for 11th overall in the tournament with her second round of 74 in the tournament. Persson was 1-over through her first seven holes but birdied the par-4 seventh to move to even. After four pars, she sandwiched two bogeys around a birdie on the par-4 13th. Persson concluded her round with two pars and a bogey on the par-3 17th.
Bartek posted her best round and lowest 54-hole score in her short college career. The freshman started with a birdie on the par-3 17th but double bogeyed the par-4 18th. She then parred six of the next eight holes along with two bogeys to stand at 3-over through 10 holes. Bartek rallied with birdies on the par-4 ninth and par-5 10th. She parred four of her last five holes with the exception being a bogey on the par-5 15th.
Senior Tiffany Nichols tied for 22nd overall at 73-77-79-229. On Wednesday, Nichols had a birdie on the par-5 third, 10 pars, six bogeys and a double bogey.
Rockelle Sande tied for 30th place with rounds of 76-76-81-233 to wrap up the lineup. The team also had Nicolette Bondura (83-81-82-246) and Lexie Hall (85-81-86-252) compete as individuals.
Charlotte Jaengkit of Grand Canyon was the medalist after shooting 68 in the final round — the lowest round of the tournament. Jaengkit shot 74-77-68-219 and defeated Kaitlen Parsons of Northern Arizona in a playoff.
The event was the final competition for the Hornets during the fall portion of their schedule. The team will next be in action on Feb. 10 at Cal State Northridge.
RAINBOW WAHINE INVITATIONAL
Leilehua GC | Wahiawa, Hawaii
Par 72 | 6,288 Yards
1. SACRAMENTO STATE 299-303-300-902
T2. Hawaii 304-295-304-903
T2. New Mexico State 305-296-02-903
4. Colorado State 305-298-304-907
5. Northern Arizona 313-301-297-911
6. Grand Canyon 313-309-306-928
7. BYU 312-302-315-929
8. Utah Valley 318-305-308-931
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Charlotte Jaengkit, GC, 74-77-68-219
2. Kaitlen Parsons, NAU, 73-72-74-219
3. Valeria Macias, NMSU, 74-77-71-222
T4. Sagee Palavivatana, SAC, 76-75-73-224
T4. Selu Fotu, BYU, 75-71-78-224
T4. Isabella Leung, HAW, 76-73-75-224
T4. Viviana Macias, NMSU, 79-71-74-224
T4. Daezsa Tomas, HAW, 76-76-72-224
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T4. Sagee Palavivatana 76-75-73-224
T11. Lisa Persson 74-78-74-226
T20. Chloe Bartek 79-75-74-228
T22. Tiffany Nichols 73-77-79-229
T30. Rockelle Sande 76-76-81-233
43. Nicolette Bondura 83-81-82-246*
T50. Lexie Hall 85-81-86-252*
* Competing as an individual