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NAU Completes First Two Rounds of Sac State Invite, Anokhina in First

Northern Arizona's Sofia Anokhina
Northern Arizona's Sofia Anokhina

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – The Northern Arizona University golf team competed in the first and second rounds of the Sacramento State Invitational today, scoring a 20-over-par 308 in the first set of 18 and a 16-over 304 in the latter half of the day to finish in sixth-place (36-over 612) before tomorrow's third and final round.

As one would probably expect, it was sophomore Sofia Anokhina once again stealing the show with her 36-hole total of 3-under 141. Anokhina began the day registering an outstanding six birdies for a 3-under 69 score. She carried that momentum into the second round, going 2-under 34 on the front nine and notching another birdie to begin the back nine.

As low as 6-under today, Anokhina hiccupped a bit on the final eight holes with three bogeys, but still managed to finish in first-place on the leaderboard with a three-stroke lead over second place. 

"What else can be said: [Anokhina] continues to play stellar golf," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "She's absolutely on top of her game and playing lights out. She was able to get under par early and sustain for the rest of the first round. Same thing in the second round: she started great, had trouble toward the end of the round but overall handled herself nicely. It's neat to see her continue to be successful and play at such a high level." 

Rallying for an ever-par 72 score in the second round was Kim Cifuentes after shooting a 9-over 81 in the first set of 18. Clearly there was some between-rounds adjustment for the Lumberjacks' lone senior golfer, who went 6-over on holes 14-18 in the first round but managed a 2-under tally in that same stretch in the second round. 

Currently, Cifuentes sits in a tie for 24th place on the individual leaderboard with a two-round score of 9-over 153. 

Other scored golfers today for NAU included Kaitlyn Saum (12-over 156), Carly Akine (19-over 163) and Sierra Bezdicek (23-over 167). 

At the end of two rounds, the leaderboard has host school Sacramento State in first (22-over 598), Princeton in second (23-over 599) and Nevada in third (24-over 600).

"It's unfortunate," said Bedortha, in reference to the overall team's performance. "Our golfers need to start stepping up, because these performances--as a team--are unacceptable for the caliber of players we have." 

Third-round action will begin for NAU at 8:27 a.m. tomorrow. That is if the weather cooperates, though, as there is a high chance for scattered thunderstorms throughout the day Tuesday.