OGDEN, Utah — The Sacramento State women's golf team placed all five members of its starting lineup on the Big Sky Conference first and second teams, it was announced today. Sophomores Sofie Babic and Nishtha Madan were part of the five-member first team while senior Astha Madan, junior Julia Becker and freshman Corinne Viden were named to the second team. Viden also earned the Big Sky Freshman of the Year award.
Babic is on pace to set the school single-season record as she's averaging 73.89 strokes per round heading into this weekend's Big Sky Championships. The sophomore has four top-three finishes in her nine events this season, including a win at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic and a tie for second at the WSU Cougar Cup. She has 12 rounds of 72 or lower during the year and tied the school record with a 54-hole total of 211 (5-under par) at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic.
Nishtha Madan has averaged 74.26 in her nine tournaments this season. The sophomore finished third at the Fresno State Classic and tied for third at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational for her best finishes of the year. Overall, she had three top five showings and had five rounds of par or better, including a 69 in the first round of the Fresno State Classic.
Astha Madan has finished second in her two most recent tournaments and has four top-10 placements this year. The team's lone senior has a scoring average of 74.11 which would be the best of her career. She has a low of 69 at the WSU Cougar Cup and has shot 72 or better 10 times in 2017-18.
Becker is averaging 74.48 and is also riding strong performances in her last two tournaments into the Big Sky Championships. The junior finished fourth at the Sacramento State Invitational and tied for second at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. Becker also tied for fifth at the WSU Cougar Cup and has eight rounds of par or better.
Viden is the highest ranked freshman in the Big Sky this season. She has been in the lineup in every tournament this season and has three top 10 finishes. Viden owns a pair of rounds under 70 and has five of 72 or lower.
The Big Sky All-Conference teams and awards were selected following the conclusion of the regular season, using a points system based on the Golfstat National Ranking, the Golfweek National Ranking and the adjusted score to par provided by Golfstat.
The five lowest point totals were named to the First Team, the next five lowest were named to the Second Team, the next five lowest were named to the Third Team and five more were named Honorable Mention. The player who posted the lowest score earned Player of the Year honors, while the freshman player who posted the lowest score earned the Freshman of the Year honors.
Sacramento State will start the Big Sky Championships on Friday at Boulder Creek GC in Boulder City, Nev. The Hornets will be paired with Portland State and Idaho and will begin at 9:15 a.m.
2018 Big Sky Women's Golf All-Conference Teams
Player of the Year
Sophie Hausmann, Idaho
Freshman of the Year
Corinne Viden, Sacramento State
Sophie Hausmann, Jr., Idaho $
Sofia Anokhina, Jr., Northern Arizona &
Sofie Babic, So., Sacramento State
Tara Finigan, Jr., Portland State
Nishtha Madan, So., Sacramento State
Astha Madan, Sr., Sacramento State
Julia Becker, Jr., Sacramento State
Corinne Viden, Fr., Sacramento State
Kamonwan (Poy) Prasurtwong, So., Southern Utah
Valeria Patino, Fr., Idaho
Michelle Kim, Jr., Idaho
Hannah Swanson, Sr., Portland State
Valerie Hernandez, So., Portland State
Kiselya Plewe, Fr., Weber State
Kelly Hooper, So., Montana State
Jasmine Cabajar, So., Portland State
Jaylee Tait, Sr., Montana State
Hailey Hoagland, Sr., Montana
Morgan Sahm, So., Northern Colorado
Kaitlyn Saum, Sr., Northern Arizona
$ - Three-Time First Team All-Big Sky
& - Two-Time First Team All-Big Sky