SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2014) — As the final day of the 19th annual California State Fair Women’s Championship wraps up, Madchen Ly takes the title with a wire-to-wire victory.
Ly, who starts her senior year at Fresno State this fall, followed up her opening round five-under-par 67 with an impressive 69 today.
Her tournament total, eight-under-par 136, possibly a tournament record at the Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course, granted Ly a five-stroke margin of victory over a trio at 141.
Not bad for her first time playing in the event.
“Today I was focused, I took it one shot at a time and I tried not to pay attention to what my competitors were doing.” Ly said.
That strategy seemed to work today for the Kinesiology and Sports Administration major. Although it is her dream to make the tour, the 21-year-old will work for the First Tee of Fresno after she gets her degree and figures out her career path.
As Ly hasn’t really won a tournament since high school, she has had a couple of solid finishes in her college career. As the 2013 Bulldog MVP, Ly took second in a tournament hosted by Fresno State at Copper River this past year and last spring went on to regionals as an individual.
“I was glad to win. It’s a boost in my confidence as I head off to Colorado for my first college event of the season in a few weeks.”
Carding five birdies and no bogeys in her opening round, today’s card also had five birdies but two bogeys. Ly gave herself many birdie opportunities as she only missed one green at the ninth where she failed to get up and down for par. The other bogey came after a three-putt later in the round.
Tied for second at 141 was Beverly Vatana, a senior at UC Davis, (72-69), Sagee Palavivatana, a senior at Sac State (71-70) and Elizabeth Schultz, an incoming freshman at San Jose State (68-73). Vatana had a steady round today making lots of pars and four birdies on the back nine.
Palavivatana commented, “In order to win I knew I had to go low to catch Ly.” Despite a solid two-under-par 70 today, the psychology major felt that she still left a lot out there.”
Coming in at 145 in a tie for fifth was Fresno State’s Ann Freeman, who shot 74-71. Three-time past champion, Lynne Cowan of Rocklin, shot 73-72 and Hannah Sodersten, another Fresno State player, shot 74-71.
Each year the tournament gains a little more prestige and popularity among the college players. As one of the last tournaments of the summer it serves as a sort of tune-up before the college players go back to school. This year’s championship field of 54 players all had handicaps of three or under. In fact 23 players had plus handicaps, the lowest a plus-five. The Bartley Cavanaugh course was in great shape despite the severe drought and the challenging pin placements allowed the players to test their skills.
In the first flight, Michele Ross won with a 153 (79-74). Josie Garcia took the 2nd flight with a 170 (85-85).
The senior first flight was won by Cynthia Stephani with a 152 (74-78) and Melissa Stepanick took the second senior second flight with a 183 (92-91).
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