Guce Captures Third Individual Title, Matadors Third at Fresno State Classic

FRESNO, Calif. - CSUN senior Clariss Guce captured her third championship of the 2013-14 season and second of the spring as she claimed individual medalist honors at the Fresno State Classic on Tuesday. As a team, the Matadors took third following a final round 311 at Copper River C.C.

Guce, who also has wins at the Cowgirl Desert Invitational (Oct. 12-13) and CSUN's Matador Invitational (Feb. 10-11), carded a final round three-over 75 to hold off Fresno State's Madchen Ly by a single stroke. Ly opened the day in a tie for third but her second consecutive round of even-par 72 on Tuesday nearly caught the Matador senior.

Guce, who opened Monday's two rounds with a four-over 76, captialized on her impressive second round five-under 67 to give her enough of a margin heading into the final 18 holes on Tuesday. She had a tournament-high 11 birdies which was just enough to edge Ly. The 67 is CSUN's low round of the season bettering a 69 posted twice by Guce and a single time by Arinda Bhanaraksa.

"Clariss got her second win of the spring, I couldn't be more proud of her," said CSUN head coach Gina Umeck.

Cesilie Hagen opened the final round tied for ninth but actually moved up one place despite a final round five-over 77, her highest of the three rounds. Hagen posted scores of 76-75 on Monday which put her in position for her third top-10 finish in six tournaments this season. Hagen wound up tied with four players at 12-over 228.

Bhanaraksa made it three CSUN players among the top-20 as she tied for 17th at 16-over 232. She posted a final round 79 which followed up rounds of 77-76 on Monday. Elisabeth Haavardsholm nearly made it a CSUN quartet in the top-20 but she ended up tied for 22nd at 18-over 234 following rounds of 76-77-81.

Ellen Brantberg completed the Matador squad as she tied for 36th at 24-over 240 after posting scores of 84-76-80.

As a team, the Matadors finished third in the seven-team field posting scores of 305-294-311. CSUN was second to Boise State by just two shots following 36 holes but a final round 311 dropped the Matadors to third. Boise State and hard-charging Fresno State wound up tied but the host Bulldogs took the team title based on fifth-player scoring.

"All these teams were ranked above us and we beat a great deal of them," added Umeck. "We certainly held our own."

FRESNO STATE CLASSIC
Fresno, Calif.
San Joaquin C.C.
Mar. 17-18, 2014

TEAM RESULTS (7 TEAMS)
1. Fresno State 306-295-302--903
1. Boise State 308-289-306--903
3. CSUN 305-294-311--910
4. San Jose State 305-299-315--919
5. Nevada 313-305-303--921
6. Sacramento State 300-312-313--925
7. San Francisco 313-308-312--933

INDIVIDUAL TOP-10 LEADERBOARD
1. Clariss Guce, CSUN 76-67-75--218 (+2)
2. Madchen Ly, Fresno State 75-72-72--219 (+3)
3. Lisa Persson, Sac State 70-79-75--224 (+8) 
4. Regan De Guzman, SJSU 77-75-73--225 (+9)
5. McKenzie Ford, Boise State 77-72-77--226 (+10)
5. My Leander, SJSU 7-73-79--226 (+10) 
7. Caryn Khoo, Nevada 76-77-74--227 (+11) 
8. Hannah Sodersten, Fresno State 74-76-78--228 (+12)
8. Samantha Martin, Boise State 75-71-82--228 (+12)
8. Cesilie Hagen, CSUN 76-75-77--228 (+12)

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE RESULTS
3. Northridge 305-294-311--910 (+46)
1. Clariss Guce 76-67-75--218 (+2)
T8. Cesilie Hagen 76-75-77--228 (+12)
T17. Arinda Bhanaraksa 77-76-79--232 (+16)
T22. Elisabeth Haavardsholm 76-77-81--234 (+18)
T36. Ellen Brantberg 84-76-80--240 (+24)

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