Women's Golf Starts WAC Championship Tied For 2nd

Fresno, Calif.-----Cristina Corpus continued her recent consistent play with a three-over par 75 leading San Jose State University to a tie for second place after 18 holes of the Western Athletic Conference women’s golf championship.

The sophomore from San Leandro, Calif., who had a career best finish tying for third place at the Peg Barnard Invitational that concluded April 12, was the only golfer in the 35-woman field to play either the front or back nine of the par 72 Sunnyside Country Club course under par and without a bogey. Corpus was one-under par for her last 10 holes with nine pars and a birdie on the par 4, 10th hole.

She is tied for fourth place, three strokes behind first-round co-leaders Corie Hou of Hawaii and Suteera Chanachi of New Mexico State.

In the team competition, the Spartans settled down on the back nine after a rough start. San Jose State was 12-over par at the turn en route to its 309 total. Hawaii, which led after the first round of the WAC Championship last year, is the team leader again after 18 holes at 301. Host Fresno State is tied with San Jose State in second place in the seven-team tournament.

“This course has small greens so you have to be accurate. We struggled with our ball striking, particularly with our 5 through 8 irons. Fortunately, our bunker game was strong,” said San Jose State head coach John Dormann, who also was not pleased with the team’s performance on the four par-5 holes. The five Spartans were a combined six-over par compared to Fresno State’s plus-three and Hawaii playing the par 5’s at level par.

“Our par-5 scoring is not where we need it to be. We have to play those holes under par tomorrow,” added the Spartans head coach.

“We know what we need to do. This team has always responded well after a setback and I expect them to do it again.”

Hawaii’s Corie Hou and New Mexico State’s Suteera Chanachai share the lead in the individual race at even-par 72. Defending WAC tournament champion Erica Moston of San Jose State is an 11th place tie with teammates Katrina Delen Briones and Kimberly Punyasavatsut and two others at 78.

The 54-hole championship continues on April 22 with 18 holes starting at 8:00 a.m. and concludes on April 23. Tee times for the final round start at 7:30 a.m.

18-hole results from the Western Athletic Conference women’s golf championship
Sunnyside Country Club, Fresno, Calif.
Par 72, 6,125 yards

Team Scores
1. Hawaii 301
2. San Jose State 309
Fresno State 309
4. New Mexico State 312
Idaho 312
6. Nevada 316
7. Boise State 324

Leading Individuals
1. Corie Hou, Hawaii 72
Suteera Chanachai, New Mexico State 72
3. Laura Luethke, Fresno State 73
4. Cristina Corpus, San Jose State 75
Kelly Nakashima, Idaho 75
Zyra Suyetsugu, Hawaii 75
7. Pamela Abreu, Nevada 76
Brittany Collins, New Mexico State 76
Lisa Kajihara, Hawaii 76
10. Taylor Siebert, Fresno State 77

Other San Jose State scores
11. Katrina Delen Briones 78
11. Erica Moston 78
11. Kimberly Punyasavatsut 78
24. Kanika Minocha 81