Kjellker leads Aztecs, tying for 13th at 3-over-par 219
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March 11, 2020 (Honolulu) - The San Diego State women’s golf team slipped to sixth place in the final round of the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational Wednesday afternoon on the par-72, 6,099-yard Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course in Kane’ohe, O’ahu.
The Aztecs, who entered the day in fifth after two rounds, collectively shot a 12-over-par 300 today and finished at 24-over 888 for the tournament. No. 3 Arizona State held on to its commanding two-round lead with an even-par-288 to win by 19 strokes at 12-under 852. TCU (+7), Ohio State (+8), Stetson (+13) and host Hawai’i (+22) rounded out the top 5.
Sarah Kjellker (Hollviken, Sweden) tied for 13th place to pace SDSU at 3-over 219, including a 2-over 74 today. Starting on the fourth hole, the junior posted three birdies on the day, including two of her final three holes on the par-4, 314-yard No. 1 and par-5, 481-yard No. 3, and five bogeys.
Junior Gioia Carpinelli had San Diego State’s lowest round on Tuesday at even-par 72, moving up eight places and finishing in 21st at 5-over 221. Only eight players went lower than Carpinelli’s 72 today as the Boppelsen, Switzerland, native offset three bogeys with birdies on the par-4, 368-yard ninth hole, the par-4, 378-yard 14th and the par-3, 175-yard 18th. Starting on the seventh hole, she parred her final six holes of the tournament.
Bernice Olivarez Ilas (Ayala Alabang, Philippines) tied for 29th at 8-over 224 after shooting a 4-over 76 today. The freshman, who started on hole No. 6, overcame seven bogeys in her first 15 holes to post back-to-back birdies on the par-5 third and the par-3 fourth, before parring the par-4 fifth for her 76.
Competing as an individual, sophomore April Ranches (San Diego) made the biggest move for the Aztecs, vaulting from a tie for 53rd into a tie for 36th with a final round 1-over 73 and a 54-hole score of 10-over 226. Ranches rebounded from a double bogey on her second hole of the day on the par-4, 293-yard 17th, by recording four birdies and three bogeys the rest of the way.
Junior Ella Adams (Adelaide, Australia) slipped to a tie for 39th at 11-over 227 after an 8-over 80 final round, while senior Fernando Escauriza (Asunción, Paraguay) ended up in a tie for 59th at 17-over 233, recording a 6-over 78 today.
Arizona State’s Linn Grant won medalist honors at 7-under 209, defeating TCU’s Sabrina Iqbal in a playoff that stretched five holes. Kennesaw State’s Tai Anudit (-6), Ohio State’s Aneka Seumanutafa (-5) and Arizona State’s Raquel Olmos (-2) also finished in the top 5.
San Diego State will next head to Saddlebrooke, Arizona for the three-day Mountainview Collegiate Invitational from March 20-22.
Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Round Three Results
Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course
Par-72, 6,099 yards
Team Standings (Top 5 of 16 teams + SDSU)
1. No. 3 Arizona State - 282-282-288—852 (-12)
2. TCU - 290-289-292—871 (+7)
3. Ohio State - 286-293-292—872 (+8)
4. Stetson - 288-299-290—877 (+13)
5. Hawai’i - 302-295-289—886 (+22)
6. San Diego State - 295-293-300—888 (+24)
Individual Leaders (Top 5 of 88 players + SDSU)
1. Linn Grant (Arizona State) - 69-69-71—209 (-7)^
2. Sabrina Iqbal (TCU) - 70-72-67—209 (-7)
3. Tai Anudit (Kennesaw State) - 69-71-70—210 (-6)
4. Aneka Seumanutafa (Ohio State) - 70-74-67—211 (-5)
5. Raquel Olmos (Arizona State) - 68-73-73—214 (-2)
T13. Sara Kjellker (SDSU) - 74-71-74—219 (+3)
21. Gioia Carpinelli (SDSU) - 73-76-72—221 (+5)
T29. Bernice Ilas (SDSU) - 75-73-76—224 (+8)
T36. April Ranches (SDSU)* - 76-77-73—226 (+10)
T39. Ella Adams (SDSU) - 73-74-80—227 (+11)
T59. Fernanda Escauriza (SDSU) - 80-75-78—233 (+17)
^ won in a playoff; * - competing as an individual