Cal State Fullerton Women’s Golf finished day one of the Valley Invitational in third place after two rounds of play.

The team put in a 609-over-par performance, putting them just six shots behind second-place Grand Canyon University. Twelve teams participated and played on 36 holes at Bakersfield Country Club on February 7.

CSUF junior Elina Saksa finished third individually with UC Irvine’s Sienna Lyford after two rounds. Saksa leads his team with a score of 1 over par 145 and has three birdies in the last nine of the first round.

Freshman Kayla Sam and sophomore Linley Ooi were tied after the first round with a 75 of 3 over par. Both Titans had their own struggles with the course as Ooi picked up five bogeys in the front nine while Sam finished with four in the back nine.

CSUF finished the first 18 holes in second place at 299, just one stroke behind the leader University of San Francisco. The second round proved more demanding for Fullerton, as all six competitors finished at least two strokes over par. The Titans finished the second round at 310 and 22 over par.

Saksa continued to lead the Titans after the second round, after collecting three more birdies to finish at 2 on par 74. Ooi followed Saksa in the second round as she scored 5 on par 77 and finished with six more bogeys . Ooi is tied for 14th individually as she shot 8 over par 152. Senior Lisa Djerf and Sam are tied for 33rd at 14 over par 1538 in player standings after two tournament rounds.

Fullerton found himself second in the par 3s, averaging 3.25 and third in the par 4s averaging 4.29. The team finished third in birdies behind Grand Canyon and San Francisco with 19.

The Titans begin their second day of play at Bakersfield Country Club on February 8 as they attempt to overtake San Francisco for first place.