Reno, Nev.For the third time in school history, the San Jose State women’s golf team captured the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship. Erica Moston won the WAC Individual Championship, giving the Spartans a clean sweep of the trophies.
San Jose State won the tournament by 19 shots after shooting a 296 in the final round at Wolf Run Golf Club and finishing at 870. The Spartans led from start to finish with the next closest team being Idaho who finished at 889. This is the third WAC title for San Jose State after winning wire-to-wire in 2006 and in 1997. This victory is also the team’s fifth consecutive tournament title this season.
“We knew we should win this tournament if we executed our game and played to our capabilities,” said Spartan head coach John Dormann. “The wind started blowing on the back-nine today, and we got a small case of the nerves at the same time. This was a true team title as every player contributed to this championship. Now we just wait to see where we are going for regionals.”
Moston, the WAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, shot a two-under 70 in her final round to finish the tournament at 214. She had five birdies in her final round and led the tournament with 13 birdies over the three days. Her victory marks the third consecutive tournament she has won this spring and has not finished lower than sixth in the eight tournaments this season.
Starting the day in third place, Moston started her final round with a birdie on the first hole. She then bogeyed the fifth before birdies on six and eight put her at two-under as she made the turn. On the back nine, Moston had a bogey on 10, birdie on 13 and bogey on 14. After three consecutive pars, she birdied her final hole to end the round at two-under.
“I came into today knowing I had a chance to win and just had to keep fighting,” said Moston. “I made some bad mistakes on this course but had enough birdies for the win. I knew that if I kept my composure and didn’t get frustrated, like I did on Tuesday, I figured I could win.
“Winning player of the year for the second time is awesome. It shows how consistent I played all year. If you want to be a good player, you have to be consistent.”
Katrina Delen-Briones finished tied for fifth with teammate Cristina Corpus. Delen-Briones, the individual leader the past two days, shot a 78 in her final round to finish at three-over 219. Her only birdie of the day came on the fifth hole and ran into trouble on the back-nine with bogeys on 11 and 12 and a nine on the par five 15th.
Corpus shot a 74 on Wednesday to finish at 219. She started the day strong with birdies on the first and third holes of the day. She then bogeyed the seventh and eighth but recovered on nine with a birdie to finish the front-nine at one-under.
Madeleine Ziegert, playing in her first WAC Championship, shot a 76 Wednesday. She had just one birdie that came on the par 4 11th hole.
Shraddhanjali Singh finished tied for 13th with a 219. She shot a 76 in the final round with birdies on the first and last holes of the day.
The Spartans also cleaned up the hardware with all-conference awards. Moston, Corpus and Delen-Briones were all named first team All-WAC honorees, while Ziegert was a second team All-WAC selection. Moston was named the WAC Golfer of the Year for the second consecutive year, while Dormann was named the WAC Coach of the Year.
“These awards prove how well we played together all year,” said Dormann. “We are a strong unit on the course. Half of my award also belongs to Dana (Dormann, assistant coach). She works very hard for the program, doing a lot of things behind the scenes than many may not recognize.”
San Jose State now awaits word this Monday, April 27, as to which NCAA Regional they will advance to play at May 7-9. Winning the conference championship gives the Spartans an automatic invitation to the regionals. The top-15 teams in the country are seeded out to the three reigionals that will be hosted by Florida, Ohio State and Arizona State. The official announcement will be made on Monday at 1 p.m. PDT.
Wolf Run Golf Club, Reno, Nev.
Par 72, 6,133 Yards
Final Team Standings
1. San Jose State 870
2. Idaho 889
3. Fresno State 898
4. Nevada 900
5. New Mexico State 911
6. Boise State 916
7. Hawaii 940
Final Individual Standings
1. Erica Moston, San Jose State 71-73-70-214
2. Louisa Lies, Fresno State 70-73-74-217
Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho 74-72-71-217
4. Melanie DeLeon, Nevada 72-73-73-218
5. Cristina Corpus, San Jose State 74-71-74-219
Katrina Delen-Briones, San Jose State 67-74-78-219
Other San Jose State Results
9. Madeleine Ziegert 73-76-76-225
13. Shraddhanjali Singh 79-71-76-226
First Team All-WAC
Kayla Mortellaro, Fr., Idaho
Melanie DeLeon, Sr., Nevada
Katrina Delen-Briones, So., San Jose State
Cristina Corpus, Jr., San Jose State
Erica Moston, Sr., San Jose State
Second Team All-WAC
Iris Ocariza, Jr., Boise State
Taylor Siebert, Sr., Fresno State
Corie Hou, Jr., Hawaii
Suteera Chanachai, So., New Mexico State
Madeleine Ziegert, Fr., San Jose State
Player of the Year: Erica Moston, San Jose State
Freshman of the Year: Kayle Mortellaro, Idaho
Coach of the Year: John Dormann, San Jose State
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