San Jose, Calif.-----Kanika Minocha fired her best score at the collegiate level, a one-over par 73 in the morning round, and freshman Katrina Delen-Briones rebounded from a morning round 80 with an even par 72 in the afternoon to give San Jose State University a two-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Spartan Invitational women’s golf tournament.
San Jose State has a 36-hole total of 596 on the par 72, 6,179-yard Almaden Country Club Course. The Spartans held a one-stroke lead over UC Irvine after the first 18 holes with a 297 team score and now stand at 596 after two rounds. California, third after the first round, slid into second with identical 299’s for a 598 total. UC Irvine is third in the 15-team field at 600.
Washington also is in contention for the team title with a 601. North Carolina rounds out the top five teams at 609.
"We had a real good team effort today. Everybody contributed a good round. I'm really proud of Kanika. It was her best day as a Spartan. Cristina and Kat really picked it up in the second round when we needed it. They played an excellent round," said San Jose State coach John Dormann. "Cristina was very consistent all day.
"We know the golf course. We know what to do out here. We have a chance to win tomorrow."
Minocha is one of two Spartans among the top-10 individuals in the 75-player field. She added a 76 in the afternoon and is tied for seventh at 149. Sophomore Cristina Corpus is the top San Jose State player with her 148 placing her in a two-way tie from fifth.
"I kept my composure. I started with a bogey, but I kept saying to myself, 'One shot at a time.' I dropped a lot of putts today. I think I made four birdies," said Minocha.
Delen-Briones, a freshman from San Francisco is tied for 13th at 152. San Jose State’s Erica Moston and Kimberly Punyasavatsut also are in the top-20 tied for 19th place at 153.
UC Irvine’s Selanee’ Henderson, the tournament’s defending individual champion, took the lead after the first 18 with a one-under 71 and added an even par 72 in the afternoon for a 143. Henderson has a one-shot lead over California’s Pia Halbig, who had the afternoon’s low score with a 71, and is at even par 144. Christina Yoon of Washington is third at 146.
The 54-hole tournament concludes with 18 holes on March 4.
36-hole results from the Spartan Invitational women’s golf tournament
Almaden Country Club, San Jose, Calif.
Par 72, 6,179 yards
1. San Jose State 596
2. California 598
3. UC Irvine 600
4. Washington 601
5. North Carolina 609
6. San Francisco 612
7. Colorado 618
8. Oregon State 622
9. Fresno State 625
10. Hawaii 630
Santa Clara 630
12. Long Beach State 631
13. Colorado State 639
14. Idaho 652
15. Gonzaga 675
1. Selanee’ Henderson, UC Irvine 71-72-143
2. Pia Halbig, California 73-71-144
3. Christina Yoon, Washington 72-74-146
4. Jessica Potter, San Francisco 74-73-147
5. Cristina Corpus, San Jose State 75-73-148
Allison Goodman, California 73-75-148
7. Shannon Yocum, California 75-74-149
Kanika Minocha, San Jose State 73-76-149
Kim Lorenzana, UC Irvine 72-77-149
Other San Jose State Scores
13. Katrina Delen Briones 80-72-152
19. Erica Moston 74-79-153
19. Kimberly Punyasavatsut 75-78-153