WOMEN'S GOLF COMPLETES EPIC COMEBACK TO WIN SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL

WOMEN'S GOLF COMPLETES EPIC COMEBACK TO WIN SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Astha Madan drained a 30-foot putt on the 18th hole to secure the team title for the Sacramento State women's golf team at the Sacramento State Invitational on Tuesday at Sierra View Country Club. Madan birdied her final four holes and helped the team overcome a 12-stroke deficit at the start of the round to win by two strokes.

Sacramento State totaled 284-295-285-864 to record its second consecutive tournament victory. The Hornets' team total is the second best in school history while its final round score is tied for the third lowest. Along with Madan, Sofie Babic and Julia Becker also shot 70 to lead the charge. Madan finished the tournament in second place at 71-71-70-212 to set her career best and tie for the second lowest 54-hole score in the program's history. Babic placed third at 68-75-70-213 which matches her career best and Becker was fourth at 71-74-70-215.

Madan was 3-over through her first nine holes before playing the final nine at 5-under par. She birdied the par-5 10th and followed that with four consecutive pars. She stormed through the final four holes with birdies on the par-4 15th and 16th, the par-3 17th and the par-5 18th.

Babic sparked the team in the early morning, playing the front nine at 3-under. She opened with a birdie on the par-5 first and added birdies on the par-4 seventh and ninth without a bogey on her first nine holes. The sophomore dropped to 1-under with bogeys on Nos. 11 and 15 but earned a shot back with a birdie on the par-4 16th.

Becker spread her five birdies and three bogeys throughout her round, shooting 36 on the front and 34 on the back. The junior was even midway through her round with birdies on the par-5 fourth and par-4 ninth as well as two bogeys. She dropped to 2-under with birdies on the par-4 11th and 13th. Following two pars, a bogey on the par-4 16th was followed by a birdie on the par-3 17th and a par on 18.

Sacramento State also received a 75 from Nishtha Madan and Corinne Viden during the third round. Viden tied for 11th place with a total of 74-75-75-224 and Madan was 24th at 78-75-75-228. Viden had to overcome a double bogey on the par-5 first hole but immediately answered with a birdie on the par-4 second. She had 10 consecutive pars and finished at 3-over with bogeys on the par-4 13th and 16th. Madan was 3-over through her first seven holes but parred her final 11.

Katie Dunaway tied for 20th place to lead a trio of Hornets who played as individuals. Dunaway shot 74 in the final round and wrapped up the tournament at 77-75-74-226. She had two birdies and four bogeys in the third round.

Sacramento State will next compete at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Maricopa, Ariz., on April 2-3.

SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL
Sierra View CC | Roseville, Calif.
Par 72 | 6,133 Yards

TEAM STANDINGS
1. SACRAMENTO STATE 284-295-285-864
2. San Francisco 282-285-299-866
3. Northern Colorado 298-296-299-893
T4. Nevada 290-308-307-905
T4. Towson 307-298-300-905
6. Cal State Northridge 306-308-292-906
7. Cal State Fullerton 318-294-302-914
8. Cal State Bakersfield 317-303-310-930

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Vanessa Ha, USF, 71-64-76-211
2. ASTHA MADAN, SAC, 71-71-70-212
3. SOFIE BABIC, SAC, 68-75-70-213
4. JULIA BECKER, SAC, 71-74-70-215
5. Alice Duan, CSUN, 74-73-71-218

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
2. Astha Madan 71-71-70-212
3. Sofie Babic 68-75-70-213
4. Julia Becker 71-74-70-215
T11. Corinne Viden 74-75-75-224
T20. Katie Dunaway 77-75-74-226*
24. Nishtha Madan 78-75-75-228
50. Danielle Lozano 79-83-91-253*
51. Amelia Hicks 87-83-84-254*