After several top ten finishes to start the spring season, it was finally time for the women of Sonoma State’s golf team to defend its home course. The annual spring Seawolf invitational at the par 72 Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park took place last week where the Seawolves were able to capture second place overall for the two-day tournament.
After a long first round, the Seawolves found themselves buried behind the front runners, the Chico State Wildcats. In the second round at Foxtail the Seawolves chipped away at the Wildcat’s 10-shot lead. With a close finish, the Seawolves took the lead by one stroke near the end of the final round. Only to fall behind Chico State again coming in second place for the tournament. Finishing only two strokes behind the Wildcats.
Even with the Seawolves falling short in second place, the ladies were able to post a solid final score of 618 (+42).
With a total score of 616 (+40) the Wildcats were able to grind out its first tournament championship since October 2013.
In third, Simon Fraser University came in with 632 (+56). Cal State San Marcos totaled 645 (+69) for the fourth place spot, and the trailing Cal State East Bay ends with 656 (+80) to skim the top five position.
Individually, freshman Samantha Oliva’s placed second out of 56 golfers. Oliva had a score of 153 (+9) in the 36-hole tournament, only three shots behind the Wildcat’s Bianca Armanini, the receiver of top medalist honors with her tournament performance of 150 (+6). Armanini is only the fifth player in Wildcat program history to win a tournament.
“The course had a pretty difficult set up both days, but after that first day it lit a fire in me to try and go low the seconf round to catch up and beat Chico,” said Samatha Oliva.
Senior Sarah Rotter received a third place score of 155 (+11) A fun family dinner conversation to say the least, Rotter tied freshman sister Emily Rotter who plays for the champion Wildcat team. The Rotter’s not only tied themselves, but also two other golfers who came in third.
Erin Martens helped the team with a 156 (+12) score, keeping the seventh place spot. Following not far behind was junior Haley Whitbeck tying for 10th place with a 158 (+14). Placing 16th, senior Alexis Hayes scored 161 (+17).
The Seawolves’ postseason still remains up in the air going into the last regular season tune up. April 22 holds the date of one-round “Battle of the Bay.” This tournament collects all the CCAA teams that participate in women’s golf and puts them on the course together to duke it out.
The event will be hosted by Cal State Monterey Bay at the Pacific Grove Golf Links.
“Im pretty stoked to be on a team that is dissapointed about a second place finish,” said Oliva. “We’re going to comeback and fight hard as we move into our postseason and im excited to see where we end up.”
The Seawolves’ fate lies in the success of this tournament as they seek to qualify in the NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament. The Seawolves have qualified seven out of the last eight years, and hope to make it eight out of nine.