San Jose State University posted its fifth top-five finish out of six tournaments this season, placing second at the Spartan Invitational women’s golf tournament at the Almaden Country Club.
The Spartans, ranked 36th nationally in the February 27 GolfStat poll, posted a 904 team total on the par 72, 6,179-yard course. California, ninth nationally, overtook second-round leader San Jose State with a 301 team score to finish first with an 899 total. UC Irvine was third in the 15-team field with a 906. Washington at 911 and San Francisco at 912 rounded out the top five teams.
UC Irvine’s Selanee’ Henderson successfully defended her 2007 Spartan Invitational title with a final round 75 for a 218 total. Henderson is the Spartan Invitational’s first two-time winner of the tournament that dates back to 1983.
California teammates Pia Halbig and Allison Goodman tied for second at 220.
Cristina Corpus was the top San Jose State finisher tying for fifth place at 224. She was one of three Spartans to finish in the top-20 with their best finishes in a major college tournament. Kanika Minocha tied for 12th at 228 and Kimberly Punyasavatsut tied for 19th at 229.
“Anytime you finish second in a tournament like this, that’s excellent. We just didn’t play very well today. We scratched and clawed to shoot what we did today,” said San Jose State coach John Dormann. “We need to keep working to beat the really elite teams like Cal.
“We wanted to beat them (Cal) and win this tournament three years in a row. We beat 13 quality Division I teams and that’s not all bad.”