WOLCOTT, Colo. — Corinne Viden matched her career best by shooting a 5-under par round of 67 during the final round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Wednesday at Red Sky Golf Club. Viden's total, which was bogey free, tied her score from the first round of the Juli Inkster Meadow Club Collegiate last year. The 67 is tied for second lowest in school history and is just one stroke off of Julia Becker's record set last season.
Sacramento State finished in eighth place overall at 12-over par in the 18-team field. The team shot 291-294-291-876 over three days. Ole Miss cruised to the team title as the Rebels finished the tournament at 15-under par. Pepperdine was second at 7-under and was followed by UCLA (-5) in the top three.
Viden bounced back from a tough second round to record the lowest round of the day among the 96 golfers. She started on No. 7 and parred her first three holes before her first birdie which came on the par-3 10th. The junior added five more pars and stood at 1-under through nine holes. She then birdied the par-4 16th, the par-5 18th and par-5 second to move to 4-under. After three more pars, she ended her round with her fifth birdie on the par-4 sixth. Viden tied for 39th overall at 74-82-67-223.
Nishtha Madan and Tess Blair tied for the highest overall finish on the team as the pair tied for 20th. Madan shot 76 on Wednesday to total 72-70-76-218. Her third round started with a par on the fifth hole but she then bogeyed three of the next four with the exception being a birdie on the par-3 seventh. Madan dropped to 1-over with a birdie on the par-4 12th but immediately followed with a bogey on No. 13 and another on the par-5 15th. Madan parred six of her final seven holes with a bogey on the par-5 second.
Blair recorded her first under-par round of her collegiate career with a 1-under par 71. She opened play with a birdie on the par-4 third and then parred her next three. A bogey on the 10th took her back to even but she responded with consecutive birdies on the par-4 11th and 12th. Her final birdie of the round came on the par-5 15th and dropped her to 3-under. However, she played her final eight holes at 2-over with bogeys on the par-4 16th and first and six pars. Blair shot 75-72-71-218 to finish at 2-over.
Sofie Babic tied for 45th place at 72-75-77-224. Her third round began with a double bogey on the par-5 fifth and she eventually was 8-over through 10 holes with three bogeys and a triple bogey on the par-4 13th. Babic then parred holes Nos. 15-17 and birdied the 18th. After a par on No. 1, she birdied the par-5 second and par-4 third to get to 5-over.
Sydney Smith completed the lineup with a round of 80 and tied for 67th place (73-77-80-230). Smith had two birdies, five bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey during the round.
Denver's Anna Zanusso was the medalist after three rounds in the 60s. Zanusso shot 68-69-67-205 to finish two strokes ahead of Pepperdine's Alexa Melton.
Sacramento State will next compete at the Princess Anne Invitational in Virginia Beach, Va., on Oct. 4-6.
GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE
Wolcott, Colo. | Red Sky GC
Par 72 | 6,261 Yards
1. Ole Miss 281-280-288-849
2. Pepperdine 281-297-279-857
3. UCLA 295-285-279-859
4. Denver 283-290-287-860
T5. San Diego State 291-286-293-870
T5. TCU 292-296-282-870
7. Kennesaw State 289-292-291-870
8. SACRAMENTO STATE 291-294-291-876
9. North Carolina State 297-295-293-885
10. Nebraska 285-305-301-891
11. Campbell 293-309-291-893
12. South Alabama 303-298-296-897
13. SMU 299-302-301-902
14. Delaware 301-295-307-903
15. Central Arkansas 311-302-293-906
16. Xavier 307-306-301-914
17. East Tennessee State 312-312-301-925
18. UC Riverside 310-329-294-933
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Anna Zanusso, DEN, 68-69-68-205
2. Alexa Melton, PEP, 68-71-68-207
3. Emma Spitz, UCLA, 73-67-68-208
T4. Sabrina Iqbal, TCU, 70-70-69-209
T4. Sara Kjellker, SDSU, 71-68-70-209
T4. Siti Shaari, USA, 72-66-71-209
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T20. Nishtha Madan 72-70-76-218
T20. Tess Blair 75-72-71-218
T39. Corinne Viden 74-82-67-223
T45. Sofie Babic 72-75-77-224
T67. Sydney Smith 73-77-80-230
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