Sammanish, Wash.-----San Jose State University's Katrina Delen-Briones rolled in a 4-foot down hill putt on the 18th hole to capture individual honors at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational women's golf tournament hosted by the University of Washington.
Delen-Briones posted a final-round one-under par 71 for a 219 total. She was one stroke better than Natasha Podmore of the University of San Francisco (USF) who played in the same threesome with Delen-Briones. Podmore had a chance to match the three-over par winning score, but left her 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole short of cup and tapped in for a 220.
Cal's Emily Childs at 221 and Joanne Lee at 223 and Stanford's Sally Watson at 223 rounded out the top five in the 73-player field. Watson, who played in the final threesome, needed one birdie in her final five holes to tie Delen-Briones, but faded to a fourth-place tie with a triple-bogey on the par 3, 17th hole.
The win for the 2007 graduate of San Francisco's Lowell High was her first in her two-plus seasons at San Jose State.
"I kept everything in the fairway as much as I could. This was some of my best ball striking. I consistently hit my targets," said Delen-Briones, who was one of just two players with a final round score under par. "My approach shots to the greens were consistent and I didn't miss many (greens).
"(The win) means I worked hard for it. I walked on as a freshman and it's nice to do something and win."
"To shoot 3-over par on that golf course when your very first shot (of the tournament) lands under a grove of trees, you have to do everything well. You have to hit it solid and accurately, have a great short game and make a lot of putts inside of 10-feet for par. She did that," said San Jose State head coach John Dormann who referenced Delen-Briones' double bogey, her only one of the tournament, on her first hole on October 5.
In the team competition, San Jose State finished fifth out of 13 with a 934 score. California, paced by Childs and Lee, took top team honors with an 897. Stanford was second at 912. Pepperdine at 917 and USF at 921 also finished away of the Spartans.
Delen-Briones was one of two Spartans to finish in the top-10. Madeleine Ziegert, who posted three scores in the 70's, tied for 10th place at 228. Cristina Corpus at 242, Kanika Minocha at 249 and Kimberly Punyasavasut with a 251 rounded San Jose State's scoring.
"I hope this win will add to her confidence. Katrina has been very solid for a long time and she is starting to realize how good she can be," Dormann said of Delen-Briones, who now has eight career top-10 finishes in major college tournaments.
The Spartans return to action at the 54-hole Stanford Intercollegiate, October 16-18, at the Stanford University Golf Course.
Final 54-hole results from the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational women's golf tournament
Sahalee Country Club, Sammanish, Wash.
Par 72, 6,136 yards
1. California 897
2. Stanford 912
3. Pepperdine 917
4. San Francisco 921
5. San Jose State 934
6. Washington 939
7. Oregon State 951
8. Oregon 954
9. Idaho 965
10. Washington State 966
11.Brigham Young 968
Long Beach State 968
13. New Mexico State 1,015
Top Individual Finishers
1. Katrina Delen-Briones, San Jose State 73-75-71-219
2. Natasha Podmore, San Francisco 72-76-72-220
3. Emily Childs, California 73-74-74-221
4. Joanne Lee, California 75-74-74-223
5. Sally Watson, Stanford 77-72-74-223
Other San Jose State scores
10. Madeleine Ziegert 73-76-79-228
43. Cristina Corpus 82-80-80-242
53. Kanika Minocha 84-80-85-249
56. Kimberly Punyasavatsut 81-86-84-251