Tuesday's final round of the Sacramento State Invitational was canceled due to rain and wet playing conditions at the Sierra View Country Club in Northern California so the tournament was finalized after 36 holes of play.
Utah Valley University sophomore Carly Dehlin led the way for the Wolverines at the event by tying for fourth place at 2-over par (146). Dehlin carded a pair of 73s on Monday en route to posting the best finish of her collegiate career and the third-best 36-hole score in school history. The Wolverine sophomore recorded 28 pars and a trio of birdies to finish the event just five strokes back of the individual leader.
"What an outing for Carly as well as for the team," said UVU head coach Dr. Sue Nyhus. "We were really playing well so we're a bit saddened that we weren't able to get today's final round in. But we'll come home and regroup and look to put together another strong showing in Hawaii next week."
As a team, the Wolverines finished in eighth place out of 12 teams with a two-round total of 617 (+41). UVU tallied scores of 309 and 308 on the way to carding Utah Valley's eighth-best 36-hole total in program history.
With the eighth-place finish, UVU found itself just three strokes back of CSUN for seventh at 38-over and five shots behind Northern Arizona for sixth. The Wolverines also finished the event ahead of in-state rival Weber State, as well as South Dakota, North Dakota and Idaho State.
The host Sacramento State Hornets won the tightly contested tournament at 22-over par, while Princeton finished in second (+23), Nevada third (+24), Northern Colorado fourth (+28) and Cal State Fullerton fifth (+29). NAU's Sofia Anokhina earned individual medalist honors at 3-under par (69-72—141), while CSUN's Ysabel Tran placed second at even par (75-69—144), Sac State's Sofie Babic third at 1-over (75-70—145) and Princeton's Hana Ku finished in a tie for fourth at 2-over with Dehlin (76-70—146).
Behind Dehlin's stellar outing, fellow sophomore Ana Raga too played well for the Wolverines as she finished in a tie for 15th place at 7-over par (151). After carding an opening-round 78, Raga responded by firing a 1-over 73 to end Monday's action at 7-over par.
Freshmen Kaylee Shimizu, Justine Lauer and Isabella Lesa were next for UVU, as they finished in 41st, 55th and 60th places, respectively. Shimizu finished the event at 14-over (78-80—158), while Lauer shot 18-over (80-82—162) and Lesa tallied 20-over (80-84—164). Senior Kimberly Nyhus, who played the event as an individual, finished in a tie for 56th place at 19-over par (82-81—163).
The tournament marked UVU's third event in the past week, as it also took part at the BYU at Entrada Classic on March 13-14, and Southern Utah's Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird Invitational on March 16-17.
The Wolverines now return to Orem before heading to the islands next week for Hawaii's Anuenue Spring Break Classic. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place March 27-29, at the Kapalua Golf Club in Lahaina, Maui.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.