Dixie State junior Katie Ford tied for medalist honors to help lead Dixie State’s women’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at the Point Loma-hosted Reach 2018 Invitational on Tuesday at the par-72, 6,040-yard Riverwalk Golf Course.

Ford (71-75) fired a final round 3-over 75 with one birdie to tie Cal State San Marcos sophomore Jaime Jacob (73-73) atop the leaderboard at plus-2 146 for the tournament. Ford entered the final round as the clubhouse leader after she posted the lone red number in the 80-player field during the two days with a 1-under 71 in Monday’s opening round.

Dixie State (308-327) began the day in third place overall, but it struggled in round two as the Trailblazers posted a 39-over 327 to finish at plus-59 635 for the championship. CSUSM (298-302-600, +24) led wire-to-wire to win the team title, while California Baptist (307-296-603, +27) finished three shots back to claim runner-up honors. Sonoma State (318-313-631, +55) vaulted over DSU to finish third and Victoria (327-318-645, +69) rounded out the top five.

In all, four Trailblazers finished in the top 30 on the leaderboard, including freshman Cailyn Cardall (80-82) in t-25th place at plus-18 162, while senior Cobair Collinsworth (79-84) tied for 27th place at plus-19 163 and freshman Kaitlynn Deeble wound up in a four-way tie for 29th at plus-20 164. In addition, junior Amalia Negrette (88-86) placed t-50th at plus-30 174.

Dixie State returns to Southern California to play in the California Baptist Lancer Shootout on Feb. 26-27.

Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.