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Add Another One: Anokhina Wins Sacramento State Invite

Northern Arizona's Sofia Anokhina (Credit: Langley Vannoy)
Northern Arizona's Sofia Anokhina (Credit: Langley Vannoy)

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Third round action from the 2017 Sacramento State Invitational was suspended and eventually canceled due to heavy rain and lightning in the area, meaning sophomore Sofia Anokhina—who was leading the tournament at 3-under-par 141 at the conclusion of yesterday—effectively wins her third tournament of the spring season.

For Anokhina, she recorded a 3-under 69 during the first set of 18 Monday, followed up by a respectable even-par 72 in the second round. As mentioned above, it is third victory in four tries in 2017 as her average round score now dips to 70.72 this spring.

"She's absolutely incredible," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "[Anokhina] is on another level right now. Every aspect of her golf game is on point—she's hitting it well, missing very few greens and her putting has been steady. We even saw some people coming out to this tournament just to watch her perform. It's great stuff not only for her but also for the university."

Additionally, the win ties Anokhina for the most ever recorded by a Lumberjack in a single golf season. Stephanie Kim turned the trick back during the 2009-10 season with three titles of her own. With at least two more tournaments on the docket for NAU, Anokhina can certainly surpass that milestone if she continues to play at the very high level she has maintained so far this spring.

For NAU as a team, the squad finishes this tournament in sixth-place with a two-round tally of 36-over 612. They were able to improve their team score by four strokes in the second round (16-over 304) compared to the first round mark of 20-over 308.

Ultimately, it was host school Sacramento State taking the team title and winning the tournament at 22-over 598. In second-place was Princeton (23-over 599) and Nevada came in at third (24-over 600).