Men's Golf, Sports

49ers collect first tournament victory in two years

The Long Beach State women’s golf team rallied from a three-stroke deficit Tuesday to capture the Folino Invitational Tournament title in Irvine.

The victory marked the first tournament victory since winning the Big West Conference tournament in 2009.

The 49ers, which improved by six shots from Monday’s opening round of the eight-team tournament to finish with a 30-over 606 total — four strokes ahead of second-place finisher UC Irvine.

Meanwhile, Portland State, who led all teams to begin the day with a three-shot cushion, slipped to third-place at 35-over 611.

Sophomore Simone Hoey led the way for the 49ers as she finished in a tie for second place in the overall individual leaderboard with UC Irvine’s Patty Chawalitmetha. Hoey carded a 4-over 148 — four strokes behind first-place finisher Lauren Taylor of Portland State.

Despite three bogeys and a double-bogey on the front-nine, Hoey made up for lost ground with two birdies on the back-nine.

49ers Reina Rogers — who began the day in 18th-place — made the largest jump at 12 spots to finish in sixth with a 6-over 150.

The senior’s day was highlighted by a whopping five birdies through the first 11 holes.

Meanwhile, LBSU junior Monica Villarreal improved five spots from Monday and finished in a tie for eighth place with a 9-over 153.

49ers Senior Lindsey McAtee finished in 13th place a she recorded a 12-over 156, while Rochelle Chan, who carded a 14-over 158, placed in a tie for 15th.

Junior Noelle Zavaleta. who opened up the final round in a tie for ninth, dropped significantly in the standings and finished in a tie for 23rd.

Zavaleta, whose final round was plagued by three double-bogeys in the last 12 holes, posted a 17-over 161.

The ‘Niners will return to play Monday for the two-day Anteater Invitational in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.


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