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WOMEN'S GOLF WINS BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP; BECKER SETS SCHOOL SINGLE-ROUND RECORD

WOMEN'S GOLF WINS BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP; BECKER SETS SCHOOL SINGLE-ROUND RECORD

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The Sacramento State women's golf team claimed its second Big Sky Championship in the last three years with a record-setting performance on Sunday. The Hornets completed the wire-to-wire victory by setting the tournament 54-hole and single record.

Sacramento State entered the final day with a seven-stroke lead and finished the tournament 20 strokes ahead of the closest team. The Hornets were 8-under par during the final round and finished the tournament at 290-297-280-867. The final round score ranked as the second lowest in program history and was just one stroke off of the school record. The 54-hole total was the seventh lowest by a Sacramento State team.

Julia Becker sparked the team by setting the school record with a 6-under par round of 66. Becker parred her first three holes before her lone bogey of the day which came on the par-3 fourth. She eagled the 533-yard par-5 fifth and made the turn at 2-under with a birdie on the par-4 seventh. Becker then crushed the back side of the course, playing the final nine holes at 4-under. She parred the first three holes and dropped to 4-under with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14. After a par, she carded her second eagle of the day on the 540-yard par-5 16th. Becker tied for fifth overall after shooting 74-78-66-218.

Corinne Viden shot 70 on Sunday and earned her way into a playoff with Northern Colorado's Beah Cruz for the individual championship. Viden parred her first 12 holes and then dropped under par with a birdie on the par-5 13th. She moved to 2-under with another birdie on the par-4 15th but gave a stroke back with a bogey on the par-3 17th. Viden earned her way into a playoff by sinking a 20-foot putt on the par-4 18th for birdie.

The other three members of the team all placed among the top 20 in the field. Sofie Babic tied for 13th place after shooting 69-81-71-221. Babic parred her first 10 holes and then surged to 3-under with birdies on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th and 16th. She wrapped up her day with a double bogey on the par-4 18th.

Nishtha Madan was 1-over during the final round and tied for 11th overall. Madan was 2-over on the front side of the course and eventually moved to 3-over after No. 15. She closed strongly with birdies on the par-3 17th and par-4 18th.

Sydney Smith tied for 18th and completed the lineup with a 3-over par round of 75 on Sunday. Smith started with a bogey on No. 1 before recording seven pars. Consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 9 and 10 and a bogey on No. 12 moved her to 6-over before she played her final six holes at 3-under. Smith started the run with a birdie on the par-5 13th and added birdies on the par-5 16th and par-4 18th.

By winning the Big Sky Championship, Sacramento State earned an automatic berth to an NCAA regional. The selection show will take place on Wednesday, April 24, and will be shown on Golf Channel at 2:30 p.m. PT. The regionals will be held May 6-8 and will be hosted by Auburn, Washington, Oklahoma and Michigan State.

BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Boulder City, Nev. | Boulder Creek GC
Par 72 | 6,395 Yards

TEAM STANDINGS
1. SACRAMENTO STATE 290-297-280-867
2. Idaho 296-307-284-887
3. Northern Colorado 299-300-292-891
T4. Eastern Washington 293-301-298-892
T4. Portland State 294-310-288-892
6. Montana State 294-310-299-903
7. Northern Arizona 299-310-299-903
8. Southern Utah 305-307-294-906
9. Weber State 309-316-303-928
10. Montana 307-325-308-940
11. Idaho State 317-326-315-958

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Beah Cruz, UNC, 69-73-73-215*
2. Corinne Viden, SAC, 74-71-70-215
3. Jasmine Cabajar, PSU, 73-73-70-216
4. Valeria Patino, UI, 73-75-69-217
T5. Julia Becker, SAC, 74-78-66-218
T5. Marisa Hisaki, UNC, 73-73-72-218
T5. Aleksandra Chekalina, NAU, 72-72-74-218
* Won in playoff

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
2. Corinne Viden 74-71-70-215
T5. Julia Becker 74-78-66-218
T11. Nishtha Madan 76-71-73-220
T13. Sofie Babic 69-81-71-221
T18. Sydney Smith 73-77-75-225