SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A week after opening the 2021-22 season with a strong showing, the Sacramento State women’s golf team will take on some of the top teams in the west at The Molly Collegiate Invitational on Sept. 27-28 in Seaside, Calif. The tournament will consist of two rounds on Monday and a single round on Tuesday and will be played on Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Courses.

The Hornets finished second at the Coeur d’Alene Collegiate last week in Idaho. The team shot 873 over the three rounds and ended one stroke back of Hawaii for the team title. Four individuals placed among the top 20, led by sophomore Jennifer Koga who tied for seventh at 75-67-75-217.

This week marks the first time that Sacramento State has competed at The Molly Collegiate Invitational. Eleven of the 14 NCAA Div. I teams in the field are ranked among the top 100 in the latest Golfstat standings. That includes top-ranked Stanford and No. 18 UCLA.

The Hornets will use the same five players in its lineup, comprising of Tess Blair, Jennifer Koga, Sydney Smith, Sneha Sharan and Caitlin Maurice.


California, Cal Poly, Cal State Monterey Bay, Fresno State, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, #29 Oregon State, Sacramento State, San Francisco, San Jose State, #1 Stanford, UC Davis, #18 UCLA, UNLV.


  • Jennifer Koga started the season by posting the lowest 54-hole and single-round score in the Big Sky Conference this year. Her total of 75-67-75-217 was the third lowest of her career. The second-round score of 67 also set her personal best, beating her total of 68 which was set last year at The Gunrock Invitational and the Fresno State Classic.
  • Tess Blair shot 74-70-75-219 to finish the tournament at 6-over. Blair enters this week with the lowest career scoring average all-time by a Hornet. In 44 career rounds, she has averaged 72.98 which is 1.5 shots per round better than the next closest mark. Blair is also sixth in career top five finishes (5), tied for eight in career top 10 finishes (7) and tied for 10th in career top 20 finishes (12).
  • Sydney Smith enjoyed her best tournament as a Hornet, shooting 72-77-70-219 to tie for 14th place at Coeur d’Alene. Her 54-hole total was four-shots better than her previous best and her final round score (70) also was a career low. Smith is now seventh in school history with a career scoring average of 76.37.
  • Freshman Sneha Sharan had a strong collegiate debut by shooting 76-75-69-220 to tie for 17th. Sharan led the Hornets in the final round and finished at 2-under par for the day.
  • Fellow freshman Caitlin Maurice shook off a difficult first round to play her final 36 holes at 8-over. Maurice’s 73 in the final round placed her third on the team.

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