Kjellker takes 16th to pace SDSU
Photo courtesy goaztecs.com
March 3, 2021 (Somis, Calif.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team finished in 11th place at the three-day Bruin Wave Invitational, which wrapped up Wednesday at the Saticoy Country Club on the par-72, 6,273-yard course layout.
The Aztecs, who came into the tournament ranked 35th in the latest Golfstat ratings, carded a 25-over-par 313 in the final round today to finish at 95-over 959 overall. The 313 was the sixth-lowest team score for the day as SDSU joined Washington as the only teams to post lower scores all three rounds. San Diego State was 15 strokes clear of Colorado State in 12th place and just two shots out of the top 10.
Tenth-ranked Arizona State claimed the team title at +51, while No. 17 Northwestern was a distant runner-up at +65, followed by No. 31 Oregon (+67) and Pepperdine (+71).
Sara Kjellker finished in solo 16th place to pace the Aztecs at 17-over 233 following a 76 (+4) in the final round today. In a round where the average score was 80.42 for the 80 competitors left, Kjellker was at 5-over through 13 holes, but birdied the par-5, 495-yard eighth hole to finish the five-hole home stretch at 1-under par (SDSU started on the 10th hole today).
Bernice Olivarez Ilas moved up two spots to tie for 19th at +21 (237) after carding a 7-over 79 in Wednesday’s final round. Illas birdied the par-5, 465-yard sixth hole, while recording six bogeys and a double bogey. Still, the 19th-place finish was the best of her career.
Andrea Gomez, meanwhile, saved her best for last with a 2-over 74, which matched the lowest round of the day. Gomez, who was 13 shots better than her 15-over 87 on Tuesday, finished in a tie for 33rd at +24 (240). Gomez worked through a 3-over 39 on the front nine, which featured a birdie on the par-4, 310-yard 16th hole, but four bogeys, with a 1-under 35 on the back nine. A freshman, Gomez parred each of the first five holes on the back nine before recording her first collegiate eagle on the sixth. She followed the eagle (one of four players to post an eagle today) with consecutive pars before unfortunately ending her round with a bogey on the par-3, 155-yard ninth.
Gomez’s classmate Anna Lina Otten slipped on the final day following a 12-over 84 to finish in a tie for 57th at +33 (249). Otten birdied the par-3, 160-yard 13th and finished tied for the second-best stroke average on Par 3s for the tournament (3.00), but couldn’t escape five bogeys, a double bogey and two triple bogeys.
Competing as an individual, April Ranches posted a better score than the previous round for a second straight day with a 14-over 86 to finish in 80th at +50 (266). The highlight of her final round was a birdie on the par-4, 395-yard first hole, her 10th hole today.
Ella Adams, who carded a 94 (+22) on Monday, withdrew from the tournament Tuesday.
San Diego State will look to rebound quickly as it is back in action next week at the Juli Inkster at Meadow Club Invitational in Fairfax, Calif. on March 8-9.
Bruin Wave Invitational
Round Three Results
Saticoy Country Club
Par 72, 6,273 yards
Team Standings (Top 5 of 15 teams + SDSU)
1. No. 10 Arizona State…309-301-305—915 (+51)
2. No. 17 Northwestern…315-306-308—929 (+65)
3. No. 31 Oregon…306-309-316—931 (+67)
4. Pepperdine…319-307-309—935 (+71)
5. New Mexico…313-303-322—938 (+74)
11. No. 35 San Diego State…326-320-313—959 (+95)
Individual Leaders (Top 5 of 82 players + SDSU)
1. Linn Grant (Arizona State)…73-70-77—220 (+4)
T2. Irene Kim (Northwestern)…73-74-74—221 (+5)
T2. Ching-Tzu Chen (Oregon)…72-73-76—221 (+5)
4. Emma Spitz (UCLA)…74-72-77—223 (+7)
5. Reese Guzman (Pepperdine)…76-73-77—226 (+10)
16. Sara Kjellker (SDSU)…80-77-76—233 (+17)
T19. Bernice Olivarez Ilas (SDSU)…78-80-79—237 (+21)
T33. Andrea Gomez (SDSU)…79-87-74—240 (+24)
T57. Anna Lina Otten (SDSU)…89-76-84—249 (+33)
80. April Ranches^ (SDSU)…91-89-86—266 (+50)
WD. Ella Adams (SDSU)…94-WD (n/a)
^ competing as an individual