Spartans Sixth At Inkster Invite; Ziegert 10th

San Jose, Calif.-----Stiff winds on the final day sent most scores soaring as San Jose State finished sixth in the 12-team Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational women's golf field.

The Spartans posted a final round 318 for a 922 total on the par 72 Almaden Country Club course.

It's not what our goal was coming into the tournament. We were hoping to finish better than sixth. We were looking to beat some teams ranked ahead of us. We felt good about the way we were playing and our preparation for the tournament. It just didn't happen," said San Jose State women's golf coach John Dormann.

California won the team championship with an 879. The Golden Bears were the only team with a score under 300 in each of the three rounds. With the best team score of the final round, a 295, Oregon finished second at 892. UC Davis was third at 901.

Joanne Lee and Daniela Holmqvist, both from California, were the only two players under par for 54 holes. Lee birdied the final two holes and was three-under on the back nine shot a one-over par 73 for 214 total to earn medalist honors. Holmqvist was a shot behind at 215 following a final round 75. Her bogey on the 17 th hole cost her a chance to share the top spot with her teammate.

Lalita Patiaksiri of UC Irvine was one of three players with an even par 72, the best score for the last 18, and finished third at even par 216. The average final round score was 80.45.

"It was hard. I knew that 6:00 a.m. when I got here. That's why we adjusted some of the tee boxes in anticipation of it. There is no question wind is the biggest enemy of a golfer," added Dormann. "If you notice, the good players shot some pretty good scores today. It's because they are experienced and know how to handle themselves with their mental game as much as their physical game," the Spartans' coach added.

Madeleine Ziegert was San Jose State's top finisher at 223, good for tenth place. Jennifer Brumbaugh and Jordanne Barr also placed in the top-20 in the 66-player field. Brumbaugh tied for 15th at 228 and Barr tied for 17th at 229.

"She (Maddie) scraped it around all week. I think she only hit six greens today and managed three-over. A lot of times, she has to rely on her short game. She did it this week. She has had a lot of success in this tournament in the past, so I'm happy for her," Dormann said. "That's a good finish for her here and, hopefully, gets her going for the rest of the semester."

The Spartans are back in action, March 12 & 13, at the Fresno Lexus Classic.

Final 54-hole results from the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational
Almaden Country Clube, San Jose, Calif.
Par 72

Place Teams Total
  1. California 879
  2. Oregon 892
  3. UC Davis 901
  4. Washington 907
  5. UC Irvine 909
  6. San Jose State 922
  7. Fresno State 939
  8. Colorado State 943
  9. Gonzaga 946
 10. USF 958
 11. Nevada 961
 12. Hawai'i 984
Place Leading Individuals Total
  1. Joanne Lee, California 71-70-73-214
  2. Daniela Holmqvist, California 71-69-75-215
  3. Lalita Patipaksiri, UC Irvine 73-71-72-216
  4. Cassy Isagawa, Oregon 69-76-72-217
  5. Demi Runas, UC Davis 74-69-77-220
Place San Jose State Scores
10. Madeleine Ziegert
15. Jennifer Brumbaugh
17. Jordanne Barr
45. Kathleen Rojas
58. Megan Osland
  San Jose State Individuals  
40. Rachelle Reali
55. Tiffany Nichols