Matadors Earn First Championship of 2013-14; Clariss Guce Individual Medalist

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's golf team led from start to finish at the inaugural Matador Invitational, firing a final round 297 on Tuesday to win going away. Senior Clariss Guce took home individual medalist honors with an even-par 216 at Wood Ranch Golf Club.

The Matadors, who had a pair of second place finishes in four fall tournaments, finally broke through in their first home tournament in six years. As a team, CSUN blistered the eight-team field with an opening round 284 before finishing Monday's 36 holes with a 306. The Matadors finished with a 297 on Tuesday to finish the tournament at (+23) 887, 36 shots better than second-place BYU (923).

Cal Poly (928) was third followed by Hawai'i (933), UC Riverside (934), Sacramento State (937), Northern Colorado (976) and CSU Bakersfield (1008).

Guce, who also won at the Wyoming Cowgirl Intercollegiate in October, picked up her third career win edging teammate Arinda Bhanaraksa and BYU's Lea Garner by four strokes. Guce was second to Bhanaraksa following an opening round one-under 71 but pulled into a share of the lead with a second round one-over 73. She kept it consistent on Tuesday finishing with an even-par 72 to also finish the tournament at even-par 216.

Bhanaraksa, playing in her first tournament as a Matador, opened with a three-under 69 Monday morning to match CSUN's low round of the season. She then finished with rounds of 75-76 to finish tied for second at four-over 220.

Elisabeth Haavardsholm made it three CSUN golfers in the top-six as she finished in a tie with USC's Victoria Morgan at nine-over 225. Haavardsholm finished with rounds of 72-80-73 to post her best tournament total of the season and her first top-10 finish. Ellen Brantberg, who competed as an individual, moved up two spots into the top-10 for the first time this season with a three-round 13-over 229. Brantberg wound up posting rounds of 78-76-75, the final round 75 was her low for 18 holes this season.

Cesilie Hagen, who began the day tied for 20th, moved into a tie for 15th at (+16) 232 after a final round 76 on Tuesday. Hagen posted rounds of 78-78 on Monday. Sharon Shin matched her low tournament score of the season at 275 following rounds of 72-85-78. The first round 72 was her career-low for 18 holes.

"I am so pround of this team," said head coach Gina Umeck. "Each of them has taken a step forward with what has been challenging them. When that happens you get great performances like this and I feel fortunate to be part of this groundbreaking year for CSUN."

Cal State Northridge is off from tournament action until Mar. 3-4 when the Matadors compete at the Bruin/Wave Invitational at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana.

MATADOR INVITATIONAL
Simi Valley, Calif.
Wood Ranch G.C.
Feb. 10-11, 2014

TEAM RESULTS (8 TEAMS)
1. Cal State Northridge 284-306-297--887
2. BYU 304-308-311--923
3. Cal Poly 306-311-311--928
4. Hawai'i 313-306-314--933
5. UC Riverside 315-310-309--934
6. Sacramento State 303-319-315--937
7. Northern Colorado 322-321-333--976
8. CSU Bakersfield 326-338-344--1008

INDIVIDUAL TOP-10 LEADERBOARD
1. Clariss Guce, CSUN 71-73-72--216 (E)
2. Lea Garner, BYU 74-72-74--220 (+4)
2. Arinda Bhanaraksa, CSUN 69-75-76--220 (+4) 
4. Rachel Morris, USC 75-75-74--224 (+8)
4. Savannah Vilaubi, UC Riverside 76-76-72--224 (+8)
6. Victoria Morgan, USC 72-72-81--225 (+9) 
6. Elisabeth Haavardsholm, CSUN 72-80-73--225 (+9) 
8. Kimberly Santiago, USC 78-71-78--227 (+11)
9. Madison Hirsch, Cal Poly 72-82-74--228 (+12)
10. Ellen Brantberg, CSUN 78-76-75--229 (+13)

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE RESULTS
1. Northridge 284-306-297--887 (+23)
1. Clariss Guce 71-73-72--216 (E)
T2. Arinda Bhanaraksa 69-75-76--220 (+4)
T6. Elisabeth Haavardsholm 72-80-73--227 (+11)
T10. Ellen Brantberg* 78-76-75--229 (+13)
T15. Cesilie Hagen 78-78-76--232 (+16)
T22. Sharon Shin 72-85-78--235 (+19)

* - Individual

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