Sacramento State, USF’s Ha take titles

Host Sacramento State rallied from 12 strokes down in the final round to capture the Sacramento State Invitational by two strokes over San Francisco, which had individual medalist Vanessa Ha, at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville.

Astha Madan, a senior from India, birdied the last four holes, including a 30-foot putt at No. 18 to wrap up the Hornets’ second consecutive victory with a score of 284-295-285—864.

San Francisco was second at 282-285-299—866, followed by Northern Colorado at 298-296-299—893, while Towson totaled 307-298-300—905 to toe for fourth with Nevada, which wound up at 290-308-307—905.

Cal State Northridge was sixth at 306-308-292—906, followed by Cal State Fullerton at 318-294-302—914, and Cal State Bakersfield at 317-303- 310— 930.

Ha, a senior from Oak Park, collected her second college victory with a score of 71-64-76—211, 5-under, followed by three players from Sacramento State—Madan at 71-71-70—212, Sofie Babic at 68-75-70—213 and Julia Becker at 71- 74-70—215.

“The highlight for this team was Vanessa’s win,” USF Coach Sara Doell said. “She had a great performance … and won this tournament for the second time in her college career.

“The team fought hard today but could not overcome Sacramento State’s solid round. Regardless, to have two second place finishes in a row is still a remarkable feat for this program. … We will take the solid momentum into our last two regular season events.”

Alice Duan of Cal State Northridge was fifth at 74-73-71—218 followed by Joan Soewondo of San Francisco at 68-79-73—220 and Samantha Gong of San Francisco at 73-73-75—221.

Kayla Yn of Cal State Northridge shot 75-75-73—223 to tie for eighth with Marisa Hisaki of Northern Colorado, who finished at 72-70-81—223, and Emily Laskin of San Francisco at 76-72-75—223.

Elsa Lundquist led Cal State Fullerton in a tie for 15th at 81-69-75—225, and Ariel Lee of Cal State Bakersfield tied for 25th at 76-75-78—229.

Rounding out the scoring for team champion Sacramento State were Corinne Viden in a tie for 11th at 74-75-75—224, Katie Dunaway in a tie for 20th at 77-75-74—226, Nishtha Madan in 24th at 78-75-75—228, Danielle Lozano in 50th at 79-83-91—253, and Amelia Hicks in 51st at 87-83-84—254.

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