GRAND IS GREAT; MADAN TIES FOR 11TH AT THE PRINCESS ANNE INVITATIONAL

GRAND IS GREAT; MADAN TIES FOR 11TH AT THE PRINCESS ANNE INVITATIONAL

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — True freshman Cloe Grand shot a career best 68 to finish 2-under par and post the low score for the Sacramento State women's golf team on Sunday in the final round of The Princess Anne Invitational. Unfortunately for the Hornets, Grand was competing as an individual and did not count towards the team total.

Even without the 68, Sacramento State recorded its lowest round of the tournament, totaling 288 to finish 8-over on the day. The Hornets finished tied for eighth place at 289-295-288-872 in a tournament field where 11 teams played in an NCAA Regional a year ago. LSU and Virginia Tech tied for the team crown at 843. Chattanooga was a distant third at 856.

Nishtha Madan had the top score for the Hornets among those in the lineup with a 69. Madan tied for 11th place overall after shooting 71-72-69-212 to finish 2-over. On Sunday, the senior got off to a great start with a birdie on the par-4 fourth and an eagle on the par-5 sixth. She returned to even after bogeys on the par-3 ninth and 11th and the par-4 12th. Madan dropped back into the red with birdies on the par-4 14th and par-3 15th. She ended with pars on Nos. 16 and 18 and a bogey on the par-3 17th. Her 54-hole total matches her performance at The Princess Anne last season and is tied for the best of her career. Her single round score is tied for the second best of her career.

Corinne Viden shot 72 to rank second on the team and tied for 31st overall at 74-72-72-218. Viden parred the first seven holes on Sunday and made the turn even with a birdie on No. 8 and a bogey on No. 9. She dropped back under par with a birdie on the par-3 11th but moved to 3-over following bogeys on Nos. 13 and 15-17. The junior ended her tournament with a birdie on the par-5 18th.

Sydney Smith posted her best round of the tournament with a 73. She overcame bogeys on the Nos. 2 and 4 to find herself at 1-over after birdies on the par-5 sixth and par-3 ninth. After two pars started the back nine, Smith birdied the par-4 12th to get back to even. However, she bogeyed the next three holes before closing with three pars.

Tess Blair tied for 21st overall at 71-71-74-216. The freshman parred each hole on the front nine but saw her streak end with a bogey on the par-5 10th. She added bogeys on the par-4 14th, par-3 17th and par-5 18th.

Sofie Babic completed the lineup by shooting 78. Babic had four bogeys and pair of double bogeys in her round (Nos. 1 and 18). She finished with a three-day total of 73-80-78-231 to place 75th.

Grand moved into a tie for 44th with her performance on Sunday. The freshman started on the 10th hole and parred her first four holes. A bogey on the par-4 14th was her lone miscue on that side and made the turn at 1-under following birdies on the par-4 16th and par-3 17th. Her final bogey came on the par-4 first hole which took her back to even. Grand later added birdies on the par-4 fifth and par-5 eighth holes. Her round of 68 is tied for the fifth best in program history.

Amelia Hicks joined Grand as an individual and recorded her career lows for a single round and 54-hole total. Hicks shot 72 in the final round to finish at 2-over and had rounds of 76-80-72-228 to tie for 68th overall. She also started on the 10th hole and quickly moved to 1-under with a birdie on the par-3 11th. After a bogey on No. 13, she birdied the par-4 16th and par-3 17th to fall to 2-under. Hicks bogeyed Nos. 18 and 1 to move back to even and closed her tournament with bogeys on the par-5 sixth and par-3 ninth.

Sacramento State will have a quick turnaround as the team will fly from Virginia to Seattle to compete in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash., on Oct. 8-9 at Sahalee Country Club.


THE PRINCESS ANNE INVITATIONAL
Virginia Beach, Va. | Princess Anne County Club
Par 70 | 5,816 Yards

TEAM STANDINGS
T1. LSU 279-283-281-843
T1. Virginia Tech 276-281-286-843
3. Chattanooga 280-291-285-856
4. UCF 286-290-282-858
5. Old Dominion 287-292-282-861
6. Coastal Carolina 289-284-289-862
7. College of Charleston 286-297-280-863
T8. South Florida 293-297-282-872
T8. SACRAMENTO STATE 289-295-288-872
10. Campbell 290-292-295-877
11. East Carolina 294-297-287-878
12. UTSA 291-301-287-879
13. Middle Tennessee 292-295-293-880
14. Minnesota 302-295-295-892
15. Marshall 298-309-319-926

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Emily Mahar, VT, 69-69-65-203
2. Stacey White, CAMP, 67-70-67-204
3. Esme Hamilton, UTC, 65-74-66-205
4. Ingrid Lindblad, LSU, 67-68-71-206
T5. Erika Smith, USF, 72-71-54-207
T5. Alyssa Lamoureux, UCF, 70-68-69-207

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T11. Nishtha Madan 71-72-69-212
T12. Tess Blair 71-71-74-216
T31. Corinne Viden 74-72-72-218
T44. Cloe Grand 76-77-68-221*
T66. Sydney Smith 74-80-73-227
T68. Amelia Hicks 76-80-72-228*
75. Sofie Babic 73-80-78-231
* Competing as an individual