Sac State Wins Big Sky Title by 20 Shots

Sacramento State led virtually from wire-to-wire and coasted to a 20-stroke victory over Idaho in the Big Sky Conference Women’s Championship, winning the title for the second time in three seasons at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev.

Corinne Viden almost made it a double win for the Hornets, tying for medalist honors with Beah Cruz of Northern Colorado, but Cruz took home the title with a par on the first playoff hole.

Sacramento State, coached by David Sutherland, claimed its second victory of the season and third Big Sky title with a score of 290-297-280—867, 3-over-par, while Idaho finished second at 296-307-284—887, followed by Northern Colorado at 299-300-292—891.

Eastern Washington totaled 293-301-298—892 to tie for fourth with Portland State, which finished at 294-310-288—892.

Montana State was sixth at 294-310-299—903, followed by Northern Arizona at 299-310-295—904, Southern Utah at 305-307-294—906, Weber State at 309-316-303—928, Montana at 307-325-308—940 and Idaho State at 317-326-315—958.

Viden, a sophomore from Sweden, sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish at 74-71-70—215, 1-under, and force the playoff, while Cruz wound up at 69-73-73—215.

Jasmine Cabajar of Portland State was third at 73-73-70—216, followed by Valeria Patino of Idaho at 73-75-69—217, while Julia Becker of Sacramento State shot 74-78-66—218 to tie for fifth with Aleksandra Chekalina of Northern Arizona, who totaled 72-72-74—218, and Marisa Hisaki of Northern Colorado, who wound up at 73-73-72—218.

Becker, a sophomore from Las Vegas, set a Sacramento State record for the lowest round in women’s golf history with her 66 in the final round, highlighted by eagles on the fifth and 16th holes.

Madalyn Ardueser of Eastern Washington posted a score of 70-75-74—219 to tie for ninth with Kirsten Convoy of Weber State, who finished at 72-76-71—219, and Clare Dittemore of Montana State, who came in at 70-77-72—219.

Rounding out the scoring for team champion Sacramento State were Nishtha Madan in a tie for 11th at 76-71-73—220, Sofie Babic in a tie for 13th at 69-81-71—221, and Sydney Smith in a tie for 18th at 73-77-75—225.

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