WOLCOTT, Colo. — Nishtha Madan shot 70 to finish 2-under par and moved into a tie for 11th place to lead the Sacramento State women's golf team in the second round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Tuesday.
The Hornets totaled 294 during the round and are in seventh place overall. Sacramento Sate's two-round total of 585 leaves the team 24 strokes behind Ole Miss which extended its lead following the first round. Denver is second at 3-under while San Diego State (1-over), Pepperdine (2-over) and UCLA (4-over) completed the top five.
Madan's lone bogey of her round came on the par-4 first hole. From there, she parred her next three holes before a birdie on the par-5 fifth. The senior then rattled off nine consecutive pars to remain even through 14 holes. She added birdies on the par-5 15th and 18th to finish at 2-under par to tie for the third-lowest of her career.
Tess Blair ranked second on the team with a round of 72. The true freshman got off to a great start with pars on her first four holes before birdies on the par-5 fifth and par-4 sixth. She bogeyed No. 7 and made the turn at 1-under par. Blair started the back nine with consecutive birdies on the par-3 10th and par-4 11th to move to 3-under. However, those would be her last of the round and she finished with a bogey on the par-4 12th and a double bogey on the par-5 15th.
Sofie Babic is tied with Blair at 3-over for the tournament after shooting 75 on Tuesday. Babic was 2-over on her first nine holes with a birdie on the par-5 fifth and three bogeys (Nos. 1, 6 and 9). She was 1-over on the back nine with a birdie on the par-4 12th and two bogeys.
The final score towards the team total came from Sydney Smith who shot 77 and is tied for 45th overall. Smith was even through her first five holes with two birdies and two bogeys. A double bogey on the par-4 eighth left her at 2-over at the midway point of her round. The sophomore started the back nine with a bogey and followed with a birdie on the par-4 11th. She closed with four pars and three bogeys on her final seven holes.
Corinne Viden had the lone eagle for Sacramento State during the day as the junior recorded a 3 on the 510-yard par-5 18th. Viden finished with an 82 with two birdies, four bogeys, two double bogeys and a pair of triple bogeys.
As a team, the Hornets played the four par-5 holes at 8-under during the round. That mark included birdies from all five golfers on the fifth hole. Conversely, the five also played the first hole at 5-over with Blair recording the lone par for the team.
Sacramento State will conclude the tournament with the third round on Wednesday. The round will have a shotgun start beginning at 8 a.m. PT. The Hornets will be paired with UCLA, Kennesaw State and TCU and will start on holes 5, 6 and 7.
GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE
Par 72 | 6,261 Yards
Wolcott, Colo. | Red Sky GC
1. Ole Miss 281-280-561
2. Denver 283-290-573
3. San Diego State 291-286-577
4. Pepperdine 281-297-578
5. UCLA 295-285-580
6. Kennesaw State 289-292-581
7. SACRAMENTO STATE 291-294-585
8. TCU 292-296-588
9. Nebraska 285-305-590
10. North Carolina State 297-295-592
11. Delaware 301-295-596
T12. South Alabama 303-298-601
T12. SMU 299-302-601
14. Campbell 293-309-602
T15. Xavier 307-306-613
T15. Central Arkansas 311-302-613
16. East Tennessee State 312-312-624
18. UC Riverside 310-329-639
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Andrea Lignell, MISS, 69-67-136
2. Anna Zanusso, DEN, 68-69-137
T3. Siti Shaari, USA, 72-66-138
T3. Pi-Lillebi Hermansson, MISS, 70-68-138
T3. Meva Schmidt, KSU, 69-69-138
T3. Tereza Melecka, ETSU, 67-71-138
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T11. Nishtha Madan 72-70-142
T29. Sofie Babic 72-75-147
T29. Tess Blair 75-72-147
T45. Sydney Smith 73-77-150
T74. Corinne Viden 74-82-156
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