BECKER CONTNUES TO LEAD WOMEN'S GOLF AT GOLFWEEK CHALLENGE

BECKER CONTNUES TO LEAD WOMEN'S GOLF AT GOLFWEEK CHALLENGE

WOLCOTT, Colo. — For the second consecutive day, Julia Becker posted the lowest score for the Sacramento State women's golf team at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Becker followed her opening round score of 72 with a 3-over par round of 75.

As a team, the Hornets were 17-over during the second round and fell to 13th place overall. Denver moved up three spots to take the team lead. The Pioneers have totaled 292-291-583 through the first two rounds and lead Arizona by three. There are five teams within 10 strokes of Denver heading into the final round.

All five of the Sacramento State golfers started the second round on the first hole. Becker was even through three holes with a par on the first, birdie on the par-5 second and bogey on the par-4 third. She made the turn at even par after a bogey following a bogey on the par-4 sixth and birdie on the par-4 eighth. Becker moved to 2-over with a double bogey on the par-4 12th and stood at 3-over following a bogey on the par-4 14th. Her final birdie came on the par-4 16th and she ended her round with a bogey on No. 18. Becker is now tied for 198h at 72-75-147.

Nishtha Madan ranked second on the team during the round and is tied for 31st overall at 74-76-150. The sophomore had four bogeys over her first nine holes but played the back nine at even par. She started the run with a birdie on the par-3 10th and added five consecutive pars. Following bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17, she birdied the par-5 18th.

Sofie Babic and Astha Madan each shot 77 to complete the team total. Babic had three birdies during her round but also had two bogeys and three double bogeys. She was 3-over on the front nine and two-over par on the back. Astha Madan had bogeys on four of her first five holes and eventually moved to 5-over through eight holes before a birdie on the par-3 ninth. A birdie on the par-4 12th took her back to 3-over but she immediately followed with consecutive bogeys and ended with four pars.

Corinne Viden had an up and down round which featured the lone eagle on the team as well as four birdies but also had five bogeys and five double bogeys to finish at 81. The freshman was 4-over par through her first three holes but cut that in half with an eagle on the 535-yard, par-5 fifth. She was 3-over at the midway point of her round following a stretch of bogey-birdie-double bogey-birdie. Back-to-back bogeys started her back nine and she added consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14. Viden did have a pair of birdies over her final three holes (Nos. 16 and 18) but had a double bogey in between the two.

Haley Moore of Arizona shot 64 during the second round to take the individual lead. Moore sits at 74-64-138 and holds a two-stroke edge over Mary Weinstein of Denver.

GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE
Wolcott, Colo. | Red Sky GC
Par 72 | 6,216 Yards

TEAM SCORES
1. Denver 292-291-583
2. Arizona 300-287-587
3. San Diego State 289-300-589
4. Pepperdine 290-300-590
T5. Michigan 290-303-593
T5. Campbell 301-292-593
7. SMU 293-303-596
8. Old Dominion 298-301-599
9. UC Riverside 298-302-600
T10. Louisville 299-302-601
T10. Mercer 297-304-601
12. Central Arkansas 307-295-602
13. SACRAMENTO STATE 298-305-603
14. TCU 304-300-604
15. Coastal Carolina 300-305-605
16. Eastern Kentucky 307-301-608
17. Akron 311-313-624
18. College of Charleston 320-308-628

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Haley Moore, ARIZ, 74-64-138
2. Mary Weinstein, DEN, 74-66-140
T3. Katerina Vlasinova, ODU, 71-73-144
T3. Serena Chon, UCR, 71-73-144
T3. Maggie Simmermacher, ODU, 72-72-144
T3. Hira Naveed, PEP, 70-74-144

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T18. Julia Becker 72-75-147
T31. Nishtha Madan 74-76-150
T58. Sofie Babic 77-77-154
T61. Astha Madan 78-77-155
T64. Corinne Viden 75-81-156