Women’s golf earns second straight top 10 finish at Sonoma Invitational


Freshman Julia Kalez watches her tee shot to see where it lands Image Credit: Chico State Sports Information

The Chico State women’s golf team competed in the Sonoma State Spring Invitational Monday and Tuesday, placing eight amongst 15 total teams.

Day one:

The Wildcats got out to a fair start Monday as they shot for a score of 314 collectively as a team.

Brittany O’Bryant got out to a good start for the team as she shot a 76. Her score was four shots over par and was the best out of all of the Wildcats playing in the first round.

Natalie Kinney finished right behind O’Bryant with a score of six shots over par, shooting a 78 on the first day.

Clare Brady also shot below 80 and finished off the first round with a score of 79 which was good for seven shots over par.

The sub 80 rounds from O’Bryant, Brady and Kinney pushed the Wildcats into the fifth-place spot to start the second day of play.

Day two:

Tuesday didn’t exactly go how Chico State had planned. The team shot a score 10 strokes worse than their first-round total and finished the day with a collective score of 324.

Kinney was the only Wildcat to post a score below 80 on the second day. She bettered her first round total and scored four shots over par for a total of 76. Kinney’s tournament score of 154 earned her a tie for the 10th place spot in the individual rankings.

O’Bryant had the next best second round score out of the Wildcat golfers and finished with a score of 80 which was eight shots over par. Her total tournament score of 156 earned her the 17th place spot on the individual leaderboard.

O’Bryant has proven herself as one of the WIldcat’s most consistent performers this season and this top 20 appearance was her fifth of the year.

Brady shot an 82 on the second day and finished the tournament with a total score of 161 for 17 shots over par.

The Wildcats will begin their playoff run on April 15, 16 and 17 when they play in the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship tournament at the Morgan Run Club and Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

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