WOMEN'S GOLF MOVES INTO SECOND PLACE, SETS UP SUNDAY SHOWDOWN AT BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS

WOMEN'S GOLF MOVES INTO SECOND PLACE, SETS UP SUNDAY SHOWDOWN AT BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The Sacramento State women's golf team finished with a total of 1-under par and had a 14-stroke improvement from the first day during the second round of the Big Sky Conference Championships on Saturday at Boulder Creek Golf Club. The Hornets totaled 287 during the round and moved into second place. Unfortunately, Idaho matched Sacramento State's total and maintained a 5-stroke lead heading into the final round on Sunday.

Junior Julia Becker led the team on Saturday with a bogey-free round of 69. Becker birdied the par-5 second and was 1-under at the turn following seven consecutive pars. She started the back nine with a birdie on the par-4 10th and later birdied the par-5 16th. Becker's score was one stroke off her career low and moved her into a tie for second place in the tournament.

Nishtha Madan had the second lowest round on the team in the second round and now sits in 14th place. Madan parred her first 12 holes before a birdie on the par-5 13th. She added three more pars prior to a birdie on the par-3 17th and a par on 18.

Astha Madan recorded a round of 71 and moved into a tie for sixth place. The senior had a bogey on the par-5 second and eight pars on the front side of the course. She moved back to even with a birdie on the par-4 11th and dropped under par following a birdie on the par-5 16th.

Sofie Babic and Corinne Viden each shot 77 to account for the final score towards the team total. Babic had three bogeys and a double bogey in her round and is tied for 22nd. Viden was 3-over with three bogeys on the front side the course. She was eventually 7-over through 16 holes but birdied the par-3 17th and par-4 18th to close the day.

Idaho was sparked by Big Sky MVP Sophie Hausmann who shot 65 in the second round. Hausmann birdied four of her first seven holes during the day. After moving to 3-under, she eagled the par-5 13th and then holed out from 90 yards on the par-4 14th for her second consecutive eagle. Hausmann now leads the tournament by four strokes over a trio who are tied for second.

Sacramento State, Idaho and Portland State will be paired together for the third consecutive round on Sunday. The final groups will begin at 9:15 a.m. PT. The winner of the Big Sky Championships will earn an automatic berth to an NCAA Regional.

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

TEAM STANDINGS
1. Idaho 296-287-583
2. SACRAMENTO STATE 301-287-588
3. Portland State 296-294-590
4. Eastern Washington 306-289-595
5. Northern Arizona 306-294-600
6. Southern Utah 317-295-612
7. Montana 306-309-615
8. Montana State 315-301-616
9. Northern Colorado 315-305-620
10. North Dakota 320-311-631
11. Weber State 321-311-632
I12. Idaho State 348-334-682

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Sophie Hausmann, UI, 73-65-138
T2. Julia Becker, SAC, 73-69-142
T2. Sofia Anokhina, NAU, 69-73-142
T2. Michelle Kim, UI, 71-71-142
5. Madalyn Ardueser, EWU, 75-70-145

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T2. Julia Becker 73-69-142
T6. Astha Madan 75-71-146
14. Nishtha Madan 78-70-148
T22. Sofie Babic 76-77-153
T28. Corinne Viden 77-77-154