FRESNO, Calif. — A 3-over par round of 75 helped senior Lisa Persson finish in third place at the Fresno State Classic on Tuesday at the Copper River Country Club. Persson finished the tournament at 70-79-75-224 to record her third top five finish of her career and her second in as many tournaments.
As a team, Sacramento State ended in sixth place with a total of 925. The Hornets shot 313 in the final round and finished 22 strokes behind Fresno State and Boise State which tied for the team title. Cal State Northridge was fourth at 910 and was followed by San Jose State (919) and Nevada (921).
Persson opened play on Tuesday on the ninth hole with 10 consecutive pars. A bogey on the par-5 second was her first misstep of the day but she earned the stroke back with a birdie on the par-5 fourth just two holes later. Persson jumped to 2-over following a double bogey on the par-3 fifth and ended her round with three pars and a bogey on the par-3 eighth.
The Jonkiping, Sweden, native tied for fourth at the Red Rocks Invitational on March 1-2 and now leads the team with a stroke average of 75.88 in 16 rounds.
Sagee Palavivatana shot 78 to rank second on the team on Tuesday. Palavivatana tied for 38th overall at 79-84-78-241. The junior began her day with a birdie on the par-5 12th but moved to the black with a double bogey on the par-4 14th. Five bogeys and four pars took her to 6-over before a birdie on the par-4 sixth dropped her a stroke. Three more pars came before a double bogey on the par-4 10th and a birdie on the par-3 11th.
Tiffany Nichols tied for 17th overall at 76-77-79-232. Nichols' final round consisted of a birdie on the par-5 15th, nine pars and eight bogeys.
Natalie Bodnar provided the final score towards the team total with an 81. That effort took Bodnar to a tie for 30th place overall (81-75-81-237). The sophomore had nine pars and nine bogeys in her final round.
Rockelle Sande completed the lineup with a round of 82 and tied for 33rd place overall (75-81-82-238). Sande's final round included a birdie on the par-5 second, nine bogeys and a double bogey.
Cal State Northridge's Clariss Guce maintained her first day lead to become the medalist by one stroke. Guce shot 76-67-76-218 while Fresno State's Madchen Ly came in at 75-72-72-219.
Sacramento State will next compete at the Cowgirl Classic on Maricopa, Ariz., on April 7-8.
FRESNO STATE CLASSIC
Copper River CC | Fresno, Calif.
Par 72 | 6,212 Yards
T1. Fresno State 306-295-302-903
T1. Boise State 308-289-306-903
3. CS Northridge 294-311-910
4. San Jose State 305-299-315-919
5. Nevada 313-305-303-921
6. SACRAMENTO STATE 300-312-313-925
7. San Francisco 313-308-312-933
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Clariss Guce, CSUN, 76-67-76-218
2. Madchen Ly, FS, 75-72-72-219
3. Lisa Persson, SAC, 70-79-75-224
4. Regan DeGuzman, SJSU, 77-75-73-225
T5. McKenzie Ford, BSU, 77-72-77-226
T5. My Leander, SJSU, 74-73-79-226
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
3. Lisa Persson 70-79-75-224
T17. Tiffany Nichols 76-77-79-232
T30. Natalie Bodnar 81-75-81-237
T33. Rockelle Sande 75-81-82-238
T38. Sagee Palavivatana 79-84-78-241