Moston Named Player Of The Year; Spartans 4th At WAC

Fresno, Calif.-----San Jose State University’s Erica Moston was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Women’s Golfer of the Year at the conclusion of the conference championship tournament.

In 10 tournaments this season, the junior from Belmont, Calif., finished in the top-10 four times and in the top-20 in three other tournaments. Moston tied for fourth place with a 224 at the 54-hole WAC Championship held at the par 72, 6,125-yard Sunnyside Country Club.

Now a two-time first-team All-WAC selection, Moston was one of two Spartans to post a 224 score leading San Jose State to a fourth-place finish in the team competition. Cristina Corpus was one of two players in the field to break par in the final round with a one-under par 71 for her 224 total. Corpus had three birdies making putts ranging from 12 to 20 feet and two bogeys in her second under-par round of the season.

“This was a really tough course. The greens are hard and you can’t stop the ball and the fairways are small,” said Corpus, a sophomore from San Leandro who along with Katrina Delen Briones, a freshman from San Francisco, were two Spartans named second-team All-WAC at the conclusion of the championship.

In the team competition, San Jose State posted a 920 total. Host Fresno State took top honors at 905. New Mexico State at 912 and Hawaii, the leader after 36 holes, at 917 also finished ahead of the Spartans.

“Erica and Cristina have played well all year long and they came through again. You can’t win a college golf tournament with only two players playing well. They know it. So, we have to get back to work and get ready for regionals,” said San Jose State coach John Dormann whose team had its best 18-hole team score of the tournament in the final round.

“Our ball striking was still poor today. We missed greens from yardages that normally we’re 100 percent hitting the green. The golf course with its small greens probably may have thrown some of them into a slump, because they got tentative hitting the shots they needed to hit.”

Laura Luethke of Fresno State finished first in the 35-player field with a 220 total. Suteera Chanachai of New Mexico State was second at 222 and New Mexico State’s Brittany Collins was third at 223.

The Spartans await the April 28 announcement of the 63 teams that will be invited to compete at one of three NCAA Regional Championships, May 8-10. San Jose State entered the WAC Championship ranked 38th nationally by GolfStat.

Final 54-hole results from the Western Athletic Conference women’s golf championship
Sunnyside Country Club, Fresno, Calif.
Par 72, 6,125 yards

Team Scores

1. Fresno State 905
2. New Mexico State 912
3. Hawaii 917
4. San Jose State 920
5. Idaho 923
6. Boise State 933
7. Nevada 946

Leading Individuals
1. Laura Luethke, Fresno State 73-74-73-220
2. Suteera Chanachai, New Mexico State 72-75-75-222
3. Brittany Collins, New Mexico State 76-73-74-223
4. Cristina Corpus, San Jose State 75-78-71-224
Erica Moston, San Jose State 78-73-73-224
Kelly Nakashima, Idaho 75-76-73-224

Other San Jose State scores

18. Kimberly Punyasavatsut 78-77-81-236
23. Katrina Delen Briones 78-79-80-237
33. Kanika Minocha 81-82-80-243

All-conference honors
First team
Erica Moston, San Jose State
Laura Luethke, Fresno State
Kelly Nakashima, Idaho
Xyra Suyetsugu, Hawaii
Suteera Chanachai, New Mexico State

Second team
Cristina Corpus, San Jose State
Katrina Delen Briones, San Jose State
Taylor Siebert, Fresno State
Melanie DeLeon, Nevada
Amanda Jacobs, Idaho

Coach of the Year Angie Cates, Fresno State
Player of the Year Erica Moston, San Jose State
Freshman of the Year Suteera Chanachai, New Mexico State