Mesa, Ariz.-For the third consecutive year, the San Jose State women's golf team won the Western Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship, this year by two shots over New Mexico State at the Longbow Golf Club.
The Spartans shot a 294 on Sunday for a three-round total of 884. New Mexico State finished second at 886 after shooting a 295. This is San Jose State's third consecutive WAC Championship and fifth WAC women's golf title since 1996-97. The Spartans have won the second-most WAC titles in conference history with five, just two behind Tulsa who won seven.
In the team's first team title of the season, three Spartans finished two, three and four in the individual standings. Madeleine Ziegert finished second at 215 after shooting a 76 on Sunday. Afterwards, she received first team All-WAC honors as voted on by the coaches. Jennifer Brumbaugh shot a one-over 72 in her final round to finish third at 220, her best collegiate finish. She had a team-high six birdies on her round and finished with birdies on holes 16 and 18.
Katrina Delen-Briones led the Spartans with a one-under 70 in her final round on Sunday to finish fourth at 221. She made two birdies on her round on holes two and 11 and made just one bogey on hole 17 to go with her 15 pars. Delen-Briones received her fourth All-WAC honor after the tournament as she was named to the second team this year.
Rachelle Reali finished the tournament in 20th place after shooting an 81 Sunday. Jody Ho shot her best round of the tournament with a 76 on Sunday to end the tournament in 29th place. Over hr final nine holes, she had just one bogey, birdied the 16th and made par on the other seven holes.
"Everyone contributed to this championship, and I am very proud of this group," said Spartan head coach John Dormann. "With us placing second, third and fourth individually, it is just a testament to each of these players how hard they have worked all year. Jen made a great birdie on 18, and Jody made one on 17 to help us win.
"This is not an easy golf course, and we knew we had to take it once shot at a time. We kind of had a nice 12 holes to start the tournament, but winning is never easy. We always talk about staying in the moment. One big key to our win was our putting. We do a team putting drill where we think about making it. Today, we made a lot of six-foot putts. It was very rewarding to see this team come together throughout the year."
With the championship win, the Spartans receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals on May 5-7.
Longbow Golf Club, Mesa, Ariz.
Par 71, 6,121 yards
Final Team Standings
1. San Jose State 884
2. New Mexico State 886
3. Fresno State 913
4. Boise State 921
5. Nevada 922
6. Idaho 926
7. Hawaii 929
Final Individual Standings
1. Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho 68-72-72-212
2. Madeleine Ziegert, San Jose State 72-67-76-215
3. Jennifer Brumbaugh, San Jose State 77-71-72-220
4. Katrina Delen-Briones, San Jose State 73-78-70-221
4. Demi Mak, New Mexico State 74-73-74-221
4. Apinporn Swaschuto, New Mexico State 73-72-76-221
Other San Jose State Results
20. Rachelle Reali 80-72-81-233
29. Jody Ho 82-83-76-241
First Team All-WAC
Demi Mak, Fr., New Mexico State
Suteera Chanachai, Sr., New Mexico State
Teo Poplawski, Jr., Idaho
Kayla Mortellaro, Jr., Idaho
Madeleine Ziegert, Jr., San Jose State
Second Team All-WAC
Hayley Young, So., Boise State
Louisa Lies, Jr., Fresno State Jamie Yam, Jr., Nevada
Lauren Hernandez, Sr., Nevada
Katrina Delen-Briones, Sr., San Jose State
Player of the Year: Kayla Mortellaro, Jr., Idaho
Freshman of the Year: Demi Mak, New Mexico State
Coach of the Year: Paul Brilliant, New Mexico State
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