Courtesy of Nevada

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nevada Women’s Golfer Leah John added another accomplishment to her already highly decorated career, as she finished tied for first place at The Causeway Invitational to earn her third Individual Title of the season and the fourth of her collegiate career. John is now tied for second with alumni Victoria Gailey in the Wolf Pack record books for the most individual championships in a single season, and the most individual career titles (4) after another exceptional performance.

John, along with sophomore Gabby Kano who finished tied for fourth, marking the first top-five finish of her young career, helped propel Nevada to a fifth-place finish on the team leaderboard. The Pack recorded a final score of 899 (+35), as they earned their fourth top-five finish of the season.

John was sensational throughout the event, recording a 54-hole score of 217 (+1) to finish tied atop the leaderboard with Fresno State’s Sneha Sharan. John carded a 73 (+1) for the final round.

Beginning on the fourth hole, John commenced her round with eight consecutive pars, before picking up a bogey on the 12th hole. The fifth-year senior immediately responded with a birdie on the next hole to get back to even par. After five pars and two bogeys over the next seven holes, John entered the final hole of the round one stroke back of Sharan on the leaderboard. With the pressure on, John stepped up, as she earned a birdie on the final hole to secure the tie for first place and earn her third title of the season.

Kano continued what has been an outstanding sophomore campaign, as she was nearly as impressive as John throughout The Causeway Invitational. Kano recorded a three-round score of 219 (+3), placing her in a tie for fourth overall, marking the first top-five finish of her career. Kano closed out the event with a final round score of 73 (+1). Beginning on hole five, she started off her round with two pars, before picking up two bogeys. Hitting adversity with consecutive bogeys, Kano had a tremendous response, as she proceeded to tally four pars and four birdies over the next eight holes. Kano went on to shoot 73 to earn the top-five finish.

Anna Shultse recorded a 79 (+7) throughout the final round of The Causeway Invitational, bringing her 54-hole score to 229 (+13) and placing her in 37th on the final leaderboard. Shultse had 13 pars throughout the third round.

Nikki Chindavong shot 78 (+6) on Tuesday, as she completed the event tied for 50th with a three-round score of 234 (+18). Chindavong posted 12 pars throughout the final round.

Raesa Sheikh rounded out the Wolf Pack lineup, as she posted a final round score of 80 (+8) to conclude the event tied for 61st on the individual leaderboard at +26.

Individual Participants

Freshman Payton Lovisa had an impressive tournament competing as an individual participant. Lovisa completed the event tied for 43rd overall with a 54-hole score of 232 (+16). Lovisa carded an 80 (+8) for the final round.

Kaitlin Fleiner finished The Causeway Invitational tied with Sheikh in the 61st position on the individual leaderboard at +26. Fleiner recorded a score of 83 (+11) throughout the third round.

Team Leaderboard

1. Sacramento State – 285-294-299=878 (+14)

2. UC Davis – 291-298-294=883 (+19)

3. Cal Poly – 294-287-307=888 (+24)

4. Fresno State – 289-302-307=898 (+34)

5. Nevada – 297-299-303=899 (+35)

Nevada Results

T1. Leah John – 72-72-73=217 (+1)

T4. Gabby Kano – 72-74-73=219 (+3)

37. Anna Shultse – 76-74-79=229 (+13)

T43. Payton Lovisa (Ind.) – 77-75-80=232 (+16)

T50. Nikki Chindavong – 77-79-78=234 (+18)

T61. Raesa Sheikh – 83-79-80=242 (+26)

T61. Kaitlin Fleiner (Ind.) – 79-80-83=242 (+26)

Up Next

Nevada will have a quick turnaround, as they will head south to Las Vegas to compete at The Show at Spanish Trail, beginning this Monday, March 4.

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