LAS VEGAS – CSU Bakersfield’s women’s golf team finished the Jackrabbit Invitational on Saturday while the Roadrunners tied a pair of school 54-hole tournament records.
“Today was a grind,” said Meghan Thomason, CSUB’s Director of Golf. “Most of the team hit it really well, but couldn’t convert their opportunities. I don’t feel like our scores are a true reflection of how we are playing, so, I’m glad we get to keep our competitive momentum going in Fresno. If we can get a few more putts to fall, this team can have a really special final few weeks of the season.”
Thomason went on to applaud junior Ariel Lee, who paced the ‘Runners with a school record-tying three-round score: “I’m really proud of Ariel’s performance this tournament, especially today’s round. The scores came easy yesterday, but today was tougher for her. She birdied her last hole and gave a huge boost to the team.”
The ‘Runners started out the final round of play well with junior Tori Peers leading the way through the first nine holes. The native of Grand Island, Neb. was at two-over on the front nine with fellow junior Lee sat just one stroke back. Bakersfield native Julia Stewart was one stroke behind Lee at +4 while junior April Chang was at six-over-par.
Peers wrapped up the tournament with the lowest final round for CSUB at 75 (+3). Lee came into the clubhouse two strokes behind Peers on Saturday while Stewart ended the tourney with a final card of 79. Chandler Bullman and Chang both struggled on the back nine and CSUB rounded out its scoring four with Chang’s 85.
With the ‘Runners posting a four-woman score of 315 in the final round, CSUB’s 54-hole team score of 937 (+73) tied the school’s all-time record set during the 2014-15 season. As a team, the ‘Runners finished sixth of seven teams while Lee’s 226 (76-74-76, +10) also tied the CSUB individual 54-hole score record this weekend. Lee finished in the Top 10 with a ninth-place finish in Las Vegas.
Peers’ team-low 75 on Saturday helped the junior finish the tournament second overall for CSUB at 233 (+17), the sixth-best individual tourney in ‘Runner history. Stewart wrapped up the Jackrabbit Invite third for the ‘Runners at 237 while Chang was fourth with a score of 245. Bullman’s best score of 76 in Round 2 helped her wrap up the weekend with a 54-hole mark of 247.
Host South Dakota State won the team title with a 54-hole tournament score of 890. SDSU’s Teresa Toscano took the individual medal with 212 strokes (-4).
The Roadrunners have wrapped up the Jackrabbit Invitational, but will return to action on Monday, Mar. 13. CSU Bakersfield is set to compete in the Fresno State Classic at San Joaquin Country Club with 54 more holes of golf to be played.