BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – After dropping duels against CSUN each of the last two seasons, the CSU Bakersfield women’s golf team defeated the Matadors on Monday by a one stroke margin. Junior Tori Peers led the ‘Runners with a three-over-par 76 at Bakersfield Country Club as the Roadrunners edged CSUN 319-320.
“I’m really happy with the team’s effort today,” said Meghan Thomason, Director of Golf for CSUB. “The golf course played tough due to high winds, but everyone stayed focused and didn’t give up. I’m really proud of Tori’s round. She got off to a rough start, but buckled down and rebounded to post a very clutch round to bolster our team score.”
Thomason went on to applaud some other ‘Runners as well: “I’m so happy Chandler got it done in her last home event as a ‘Runner. She has come such a long way in her four years on the team. Of the individuals, Dee played a great back nine to post a score that would have counted in our top five. I’m really happy with her progress and work ethic this year.”
After posting a bogey and a double bogey in her first three holes, Peers birdied three of the next five holes to get to even par on the front nine. On the back nine, Peers fought through the winds, recording par on seven holes, and finished the round with a score of 76 (+3) to lead all student-athletes on the Par 73 course.
Senior Chandler Bullman was close behind Peers on the day with a score of 78 (+5), tying her second-best single-round score of the season. Junior Julia Stewart carded an 82 (+9) to finish third for the ‘Runners and tied for seventh overall. Junior Ariel Lee and freshman Macey Mills tied at 83 (+10) while one of their scores was dropped to form the CSUB scoring four.
As a team, the ‘Runners posted a round of 319 (+27), tied for the team’s fourth-best single-round of the year. CSUN’s Ysabel Tran led the Matadors with a score of 320, just one stroke behind CSUB in a tight duel.
Competing as individuals for the ‘Runners, junior Deedra Dollesin tied for fourth overall with an 18-hole score of 80 (+7). Freshman Misha Vega posted her best score of the season with a 10-over 83. Junior April Chang carded an 84 (+11) on Monday while junior Amy Cooper shot an 88 (+15) in her first competitive round of the season.
“To those who came out and supported us,” Thomason said, “thank you! Your presence was felt all day. I’d like to thank Bakersfield Country Club for allowing us to host our duel again this year. It’s a true test for these collegiate golfers.”
The Roadrunners have one tournament remaining before heading to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, Apr. 19-21. Before then, CSUB will compete at Montana State’s Bobcat Invitational, Apr. 11-12, in Goodyear, Ariz. in a final tune up.