Women's golf places top five in SSU Fall Invitational

The Sonoma State University Seawolves got off to a rocky start at last Monday’s home tournament. Sophomore Sabrina Virtusio lead the Lady Seawolves during the opening round as she shot four strokes over par with a 76, which left her tied for 11 overall. 

As a team, the Seawolves finished the opening day at fifth overall out of nine teams, and fourth overall in the tournament at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park. The Seawolves finished day one with a total of 316, leaving them 20 strokes behind opening day leader Arkansas Tech. 

Heading into day two, senior Haley Whitbeck come out with a strong performance and lead the lady Seawolves in recording the second lowest score of anyone else that day at an even par 72. 

Whitbeck’s amazing day two performance catapulted her from 32 overall to finish tied for seventh as an individual for the tournament, with a 153 total for both days. Whitbeck tried to lead a day two comeback, but the Seawolves were only able to improve one place overall to finish fourth as the host team of the Sonoma State Fall Invitational at the Foxtail Golf Club.   

Taking home the team victory was Arkansas Tech, who finished 26 over par with a 602 team total. Giving Arkansas Tech a close battle until the end was Academy of Art, who finished 31 over par with a 607 total. Chico was able to narrowly hold off Whitbeck and the Seawolves on day two to finish with a 39 over par 615 total while the Seawolves finished 41 over par and a 617 team total. 

The remaining teams finished as follows: Holy Names, 55 over par and a 631 total, CSU East Bay, 61 over par and a team total of 637, Western Washington, 62 over par and a 638 total, Point Loma, 70 over par and a 646 team total, andfinishing off in ninth was Dominican University with a 86 over par and a 662 team total.

Whitbeck lead the Seawolves overall with a 153 total, finishing nine over par, followed by teammates Erin Martens and Sabrina Virtusio, who both shot 154 totals and 10 over par for the tournament, finishing the teammates in a tie for 11th place overall. Samantha Olivia finished in a tie for 14th place, with a score of 12 over par for a total of 156. The fifth Seawolf competing, Cristina Picariello shot 27 over par to earn her a total of 171 and a 47th place finish.

The Seawolves golf team will look to continue to improve over the break before heading into their spring schedule and into the NCAA Division II Tournament.