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WOMEN'S GOLF, BECKER IN SECOND PLACE AT THE GOLD RUSH

WOMEN'S GOLF, BECKER IN SECOND PLACE AT THE GOLD RUSH

SEAL BEACH, Calif. — Led by a 69 from Julia Becker in the first round and Sofie Babic in the second round, the Sacramento State women's golf team began the spring portion of its schedule in midseason form. The Hornets shot 295-285-580 and are in second place among the 15 teams. Sacramento State is just two strokes behind 36th-ranked San Jose State and are 11 strokes ahead of 38th-ranked Georgia heading into the final round.

The Hornets' second round score left the team 3-under par during the round, was a season low and tied for the fifth-best in school history. Becker and Babic also placed their name among the top 10 in program record book as the pair tied the ninth-best single-round total at Sacramento State.

Becker sits alone in second place at 69-71-140. The senior was 3-under par in the opening round with four birdies and just one bogey. Becker started on the 15th hole with a par and was 1-under through her first nine holes with a birdie on the par-5 16th. She dropped to 3-under with birdies on the par-5 sixth and par-3 seventh. After two pars, her only bogey of the morning came on the par-4 10th. Three additional pars came before a birdie on the par-5 14th to leave her just one stroke off her career best.

Becker began the second round with bogey-par-birdie. She moved back above par with a bogey on No. 18 and was 2-over after a bogey on the par-4 fourth. She parred her next seven holes before surging on her final three holes. Becker birdied the par-4 12th to take her to 1-over and ended with an eagle on the 483-yard, par-5 14th. Overall, she played the par-5 holes at 5-under during both rounds.

Babic, Corinne Viden and Nishtha Madan are tied for 23rd place with each totaling 149 and showing significant improvement from the first to second rounds. Babic opened with a round of 80 which did not count towards the team total. She had birdies on the par-4 first and par-3 seventh along with six bogeys and a pair of double bogeys. She rebounded in the second round with the second best score of her career. Babic parred her first three holes (Nos. 16-18) and then birdied three of the first seven on the front side of the course. A bogey on No. 9 was immediately answered with a birdie on the par-4 10th. She played her final five holes even with a bogey on the par-4 12th and par-3 15th.

Viden shot 77 in the morning before taking five strokes off her score in the second round. She opened play with a pair of bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15 and was never able to get back to par during the round. She had birdies on the par-5 16th and par-4 second to get as low as 1-over but found herself at 5-over following two bogeys and a double bogey on the par-5 ninth. Viden got back on track with four pars to end her round. She again started slowly with bogeys on two of her first four holes in the second round. However, she played the front side of the course at 3-under with birdies on the par-4 first, third and eighth. The sophomore bogeyed the par-3 11th to end at even par.

Madan had the smallest fluctuation among the group which are tied for 23rd as the junior shot 76-73. Madan was 1-under at the midway point of her round with birdies on the par-4 17th and fourth holes as well as a bogey on the par-4 third. She had five birdies over her last nine holes to close at 4-over. Her second round had nearly the opposite effect as she was 4-over through eight holes before rally. Madan birdied the par-3 fifth and the par-5 ninth to move back to 2-over. A bogey on the par-3 11th took her back to 3-over but she closed with a pair of birdies on Nos., 12 and 13 and a par on No. 14.

Newcomer Sydney Smith provided the second-best score on the team in her first round as a Hornet. Despite a slow start, Smith finished the morning at 1-over par. She opened with a pair of bogeys and a double bogey on her first four holes. Smith was 3-under on her final 12 holes with birdies on the par-3 seventh, par-4 13th and par-5 16th. She shot 78 in the second round with two birdies and eight bogeys. Her total of 73-78-151 has her tied for 31st place.

Sacramento State will be paired with San Jose State and Georgia in the final round. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. with the Hornets going off on the first through third holes.

THE GOLD RUSH
Seal Beach, Calif. | Old Ranch CC
Par 72 | 6,169 Yards

TEAM STANDINGS
1. San Jose State 288-290-578
2. SACRAMENTO STATE 295-285-580
3. Georgia 300-287-587
4. Long Beach State 300-290-590
5. Brigham Young 297-296-593
6. Fresno State 294-302-596
T7. UNLV 302-298-600
T7. Gonzaga 308-292-600
9. Kentucky 304-297-601
10. Idaho 300-303-603
11. Colorado State 306-298-604
12. Santa Clara 302-304-606
T13. Minnesota 317-298-615
T13. Cal State Fullerton 315-300-615
15. Central Arkansas 312-312-624

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Abegail Arevalo, SJSU, 70-67-137
2. Julia Becker, SAC 69-71-140
3. Maria Davis, LBSU, 73-68-141
4. Sophie Hausmann, UI, 73-69-142
T5. Natasha Andrea Oon, SJSU, 7-74-144
T5. Naomi Soifua, BYU, 72-72-144

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
2. Julia Becker 69-71-140
T23. Corinna Viden 77-72-149
T23. Nishtha Madan 76-73-149
T23. Sofie Babic 80-69-149
T31. Sydney Smith 73-78-151