Matadors Finish Ninth at Season-Opening Hobble Creek Invitational

SPRINGVILLE, Utah - Cal State Northridge women's golf wrapped up its first tournament of the 2013-14 season in ninth place as senior Clariss Guce posted the season's first top-10 finish at the Hobble Creek Invitational at Hobble Creek G.C. 

In Gina Umeck's debut as the Matador head coach, CSUN bounced back from a rough second round to match its opening round 308 which left the Matadors in ninth-place at 951. Northridge posted team rounds of 308-335-308.

San Francisco led from start to finish in the 13-team field with a final team score of 880. Gonzaga (886) was second, New Mexico State (912) was third, Grand Canyon (914) was fourth and host BYU (915) rounded out the top-five teams.

Individually, Guce finished ninth for the 10th top-10 finish of her Matador career. The senior from Artesia, Calif. led the Matadors in scoring last season at 75.6 strokes per round and picked up where she left off. Guce averaged 75 strokes over three rounds after firing rounds of 74-76-75. She wound up tied for ninth among 75players at 12-over par 225.

Elisabeth Haavardsholm made up ground on Tuesday after struggling in the second round. Haavardsholm, who was CSUN's second leading scorer last season, opened Monday with a round of 77 but slipped to an 87 in the afternoon round. The junior from Oslo, Norway bounced back with a final round 76 to jump 12 spots into a tie for 42nd at 240 (+27).

Junior Sharon Shin, playing in her 21st tournament for CSUN, finished 48th at 242 (+30) following rounds of 7-83-81. Nicole DeFrancisco and Ellen Brantberg both completed their first tournaments for the Matadors with DeFrancisco finishing tied for 64th at 254 (+41) following scores of 80-89-85 while Brantberg completed just two of the three rounds, posting scores of 78-76.

"Each of the girls contributed a lot of positives to the outcome of the week," said Umeck. "These opening rounds of the season are a joy to watch and to coach, and I know this will be a great year for us. I'm impressed by each of them."

The Matadors will be off from tournament action until Oct. 7-8 when CSUN travels to Riverside for the Birdies for Breast Cancer tournament.

HOBBLE CREEK INVITATIONAL
Springville, Utah
Hobble Creek G.C.
Sept. 9-10, 2013

TEAM RESULTS (13 TEAMS)
1. San Francisco 305-295-298--898
2. Gonzaga 300-302-309--911
3. New Mexico State 319-294-307--920
4. Grand Canyon 306-301-307--914
5. BYU 304-307-304--915
6. Santa Clara 308-310-309--927
7. Southern Utah 308-310-309--927
8. Weber State 313-314-312--939
9. Cal State Northridge 308-335-308--951
10. Utah Valley 322-322-315--959
11. Dixie State 320-311-329--960
12. CSU-Bakersfield 329-335-332-996
13. Idaho State 331-339-341--1011

INDIVIDUAL TOP-10 LEADERBOARD
1. Lea Garner, BYU 70-73-71--214 (+1)
2. Charlotte Jaengkit, Grand Canyon 73-71-75--219 (+6)
3. Raychelle Santos, Gonzaga 75-70-75--220 (+7) 
3. Clare Sorensen, San Francisco 74-73-73--220 (+7)
5. Peppiina Kaija, San Francisco 72-78-71--221 (+8)
6. Emelie Lundstrom, San Francisco 78-72-72--222 (+9) 
7. Alison Lillie, San Francisco 76-74-74--224 (+11) 
7. Alice Kim, Gonzaga 76-82-66--224 (+11)
9. Clariss Guce, CSUN 74-76-75--225 (+12)
9. Annie Freman, Santa Clara 78-73-74--225 (+13)

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE RESULTS
9. Northridge 308-335-308--951 (+99)
T9. Clariss Guce 74-76-75--225 (+12)
T42. Elisabeth Haavardsholm 77-87-76--240 (+27)
48. Sharon Shin 79-83-81--243 (+30)
T64. Nicole DeFrancisco 80-89-85--254 (+41)
--- Ellen Brantberg 78-A-76

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