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WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES 13TH AT NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL

WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES 13TH AT NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL

STANFORD, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's golf concluded its 2021 season by recording its best three-round score in school NCAA Div. I postseason history. The Hornets shot 288 during the final round and wrapped up the tournament with a total of 883 to finish 13th.

The three-round total easily bettered the previous school record of 892 which was set in 2019. The team's third round score is tied for the lowest in program NCAA postseason history. The 2019 team also shot 288 in the third round. That score came on a par-72 course which left Sacramento State even while today's score was on a par-71 and finished at 4-over.

Sacramento State's third round score was tied for the fourth lowest of the day among the 18 teams. Only No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Stanford and No. 22 Arizona had better teams scores in the third round than the Hornets. Sacramento State's 13th place finish also ties the school record for highest finish at an NCAA Regional. The team, which entered the event seeded 17th, finished ahead of three schools ranked among the top 50 in No. 35 Iowa State, No. 43 TCU and #47 San Diego State.

Tess Blair led the team in the final round with an even-par 71. Blair was never above even during her round as she opened play with a pair of birdies before a birdie on the par-5 12th and a bogey on the par-4 13th. After three pars, she birdied the par-3 17th and made the turn at 1-under par. She was one over on the front nine with eight pars and a bogey on the par-4 fifth. Blair totaled 72-74-71-217 to tie for 33rd overall and finish at 4-over par. Her 54-hole score was the lowest by a Hornet at an NCAA Regional while her score relative to par ranks third behind Julia Becker and Nishtha Madan who was 2-over and 3-over, respectively, in 2019.

Sydney Smith and Jennifer Koga tied for second on the team with each posting a round of 72 on Wednesday. Smith had two very different nine-hole stretches as she found herself 4-over on the back nine with bogeys on Nos. 10, 12, 13 and 18. She dominated the front nine with birdies on the par-5 first, par-3 fourth and par-4 sixth to end at 3-under.

Koga had a team-high four birdies during the third round to also get to 1-over. The freshman was 1-under through nine holes as she had birdies on Nos. 12, 15 and 16 inside of bogeys on Nos. 11 and 18. She quickly moved to 2-over after a double bogey on the par-4 second and a bogey on the par-3 fourth. After three pars, she birdied the par-3 eighth and ended with a par on No. 9.

Corinne Viden closed her Sacramento State career with a round of 73 and tied for 38th overall after shooting 71-75-73-219. Viden was also 1-under on the back to help propel the team to a great start. She opened with a bogey on No. 10 but then had birdies on the par-5 12th and par-4 18th along with six pars over her next eight holes. She dropped to 2-under with a birdie on the par-5 first hole only to bogey No. 2. She had six pars over her final seven holes with the exception being a triple-bogey on the par-4 fifth.

Miki Manta matched her second round score with another 77. Manta was 4-over on the back nine with a birdie, a bogey and two doubles. She played the front side of the course at 2-over with a birdie and three bogeys.

Stanford led the group of six schools advancing to the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz. The host Cardinal finished at 28-under par and were 30 strokes ahead of top-seeded Wake Forest which was second. The remains berths went to Oklahoma State (+3), Virginia Tech (+4), Arizona (+5) and USC (+6). Florida just missed advancing as it was one shot behind USC.

The three individuals advancing are San Jose State's Kajsa Arwefhall (-3), Fresno State's Brigitte Thubault (-2) and Denver's Anna Zanusso (-2).


NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL
Stanford, Calif. | Stanford GC
Par 71 | 6,291 Yards

Team Standings
1. #20 Stanford 272-271-281-824
2. #3 Wake Forest 286-280-288-854
3. #6 Oklahoma State 287-282-286-855
4. #14 Virginia Tech 282-283-286-855
5. #22 Arizona 289-289-279-857
6. #10 USC 288-283-289-860
7. #27 Florida 290-287-284-861
8. #50 Pepperdine 304-278-290-872
9. San Jose State 297-291-287-875
T10. #40 Denver 289-293-296-878
T10. New Mexico State 292-294-292-878
12. #29 Northwestern 290-292-288-300-882
13. Sacramento State 297-298-288-883
14. #35 Iowa State 296-297-295-888
T15. #43 TCU 301-299-293-893
T15. #47 San Diego State 291-294-308-893
17. Cal Poly 305-300-292-897
18. Navy 313-305-307-925

Individual Top Five
1. Rachel Heck, Stanford, 68-67-67-202
2. Angeline Ye, Stanford, 69-66-68-203
3. Maja Stark, Oklahoma State, 67-69-70-206
4. YuSoang Hou, Arizona, 70-71-66-207
5. Kajsa Arwefjall, San Jose State, 72-71-67-210

Sacramento State Scores
T33. Tess Blair 72-74-71-217
T38. Corinne Viden 71-75-73-219
T45. Jennifer Koga 76-73-72-221
T67. Sydney Smith 78-76-72-226
T86. Miki Manta 82-77-77-236