WOMEN'S GOLF STORMS THROUGH WET FIRST ROUNDS OF COUGAR CUP

WOMEN'S GOLF STORMS THROUGH WET FIRST ROUNDS OF COUGAR CUP

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Sacramento State women's golf team opened its 2017-18 season by having all five players rank among the top 20 during the opening two rounds of the WSU Cougar Cup on Monday at Palouse Ridge Golf Course. The opening round was played in rain in temperatures in the mid-50s. The rain dissipated in the second round while the course remained soggy.

The Hornets finished at 297-287-584 and head into the final round on Tuesday in second place. Sacramento State is 10 strokes behind host Washington State for the team by hold a 19-stroke lead over Seattle and Idaho who are tied for third place. The team's second round score of 287 was 1-under par and ranks fourth in school history.

Sofie Babic had the lowest 36-hole total on the team during the day with rounds of 73-72-145 to place her seventh. The sophomore was nearly flawless in the morning round with 17 pars and only a bogey on the par-3 13th. Babic started the second round on the sixth hole with 12 pars before a bogey on the par-5 18th took her to 1-over. She immediate earned that stroke back with a birdie on the par-4 first and closed with four more pars.

Julia Becker is one stroke back of Babic and is tied for eighth. Becker parred her first hole (No. 7) but followed with back-to-back bogeys on the next two holes. After five pars, she birdied the par-4 15th but was again 2-over after a bogey on the 18th. The junior returned to 1-over with a birdie on No. 2 and ended with four pars. Becker got off to a quick start in the second round with birdies on three of her first four holes to place her at 3-under. Following two pars, she bogeyed the par-3 13th and later triple-bogeyed the par-4 16th to move to 1-over. A birdie on the par-5 17th returned her briefly to even before a bogey on No. 18. Once back on the front side of the course, she parred her final six holes.

Despite not having her first round score count toward the team total, Astha Madan ranks third on the team and is tied for 10th overall after shooting 78-69-147. Madan fought her way through the morning round with two birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey. She opened the second round with a bogey on the par-5 fifth but began her charge with three birdies over the next five holes (Nos. 7, 9 and 10. Madan dropped to 3-under with a birdie on the par-4 14th but bogeyed the par-4 15th. She stayed at 2-under following a birdie on the par-5 17th and a bogey on No. 18 but recorded her sixth birdie on the day on the par-4 second. The score matched Madan's career low which came in the second round of last year's WSU Cougar Cup.

Freshman Corinne Viden sits in 12th place at 75-73-148. Viden opened her collegiate career with a bogey on the par-4 seventh and was 2-over after a bogey on the par-5 10th. She settled down with six consecutive pars but dropped two 1-under following birdies on the par-5 17th and par-4 second and a bogey on No. 1. She closed her round with pars on both sides of a pair of bogeys. Viden was 1-over in the second round with two birdies and three bogeys and was never more than 1-over or 1-under during the round.

Nishtha Madan completed the lineup and is tied for 17th with two rounds of 76. The sophomore was steady in the opening round with a birdie on the par-3 13th and five bogeys on her card. She struggled in the early part of her second round with a bogey on her first hole (No. 4) and a double bogey on the par-5 fifth. Her lone birdie came on the par-3 11th but she had two more bogeys.

Sacramento State also had two student-athletes competing as individuals. Amelia Hicks is tied for 30th at 71-76-157 and Katie Dunaway is 45th with a pair of 81s.

The third round of the tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. where Sacramento State will be paired with Washington State.

WSU COUGAR CUP
Pullman, Wash. | Palouse Ridge GC
Par 72 | 6,200 Yards

TEAM SCORES
1. Washington State 288-286-574
2. SACRAMENTO STATE 297-287-584
T3. Seattle 307-296-603
T3. Idaho 303-300-603
5. Montana State 306-305-611
6. Cal State Fullerton 308-305-613
7. Oklahoma City Univ. 315-306-621
8. British Columbia 320-311-631
9. Idaho State 333-316-649

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Alivia Brown, WSU, 71-70-141
T2. Michelle Kim, UI, 71-72-143
T2. Savannah Moody, OCU, 71-72-143
T2. Bree Wanderscheid, WSU, 74-69-143
T5. Vendela From, SU, 73-71-144
T5. Marie Lund-Hansen, WSU, 71-73-144

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
7. Sofie Babic 73-72-145
T8. Julia Becker 73-73-146
T10. Astha Madan 78-69-147
12. Corinne Viden 75-73-148
T17. Nishtha Madan 76-76-152
T30. Amelia Hicks 71-76-157
45. Katie Dunaway 81-81-162