Osland leads San Jose to Inkster title

Host San Jose State captured the Juli Inkster Spartan Invite for the first time since 2007 and Megan Osland of the Spartans shared honors with defending champion Martina Edberg of Cal State Fullerton at Almaden Golf and Country Club in San Jose.

The Spartans posted a winning score of 312-297-288–897, even par, while Fresno State finished second at 303-294-302–899 and Santa Clara totaled 317-303-303–293 to tie for third with BYU, which came in at 304-315-304–293.

San Jose State won for the first time since the season-opening Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate in September.

“We put ourselves in a tough position after the first round; we didn’t play well at all,” said Coach John Dormann of San Jose State. “We had a long road back. Fresno State played really well, but golf is a funny game and we thought if we could put some pressure on them, something good might happen.

“The key was, we were in second place and there was no one really in between us. We made a lot of birdies today and we’ve been waiting all year for this to happen. It was a great team effort and that’s what it took to beat Fresno State.”

Boise State was fifth at 309-307-310–926, followed by Cal State Fullerton at 313-319-299–931 and Portland State at 313-309-312–934.

Osland, a senior from British Columbia, claimed a share of her second title of the season with a score of 76-73-70–219, 3-over-par, while Edberg, a sophomore from Sweden, tied for her third college victory at 75-74-70–219.

“I played really well today,” said Osland, who won the individual title in the Wyoming Cowgirl event. “I hit a lot of good iron shots into the greens, had a lot of birdie chances and was able to capitalize on the ones I could. I’m happy with my round, made a couple of bogeys, but overall it was pretty solid.

“I am happy with the way things turned out. It’s awesome. It’s our home tournament, it’s my senior year, it’s my second win of the year and I’m really happy with that.”

My Leander of San Jose State was third at 76-73-72–221, followed by Hannah Sodersten of Fresno State at 74-74-74–222, while Madchen Ly of Fresno State shot 75-75-74–224 and tied for fifth with Alex White of BYU, who came in at 71-79-74–224.

Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir of Fresno State was seventh at 78-70-77–225, while Nikki Prichard of Nevada totaled 77-75-75–227 and tied for eighth with Joanna Kim of Fresno State, who finished at 75-76-76–227.

Kristen Lee of Santa Clara shot 76-77-76–229 and tied for 10th with Sammie Pines of Fresno State, who wound up at 77-74-78–229.

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