Women’s golf soars at the Sonoma State Invite

The Eagles placed third out of 13 respectable PacWest competitors.


Courtesy of Biola Athletics

Biola golfer swings at the ball during the Sonoma State Invite.

Andi Basista, Sports Editor

Women’s golf traveled to Rohnert Park, California to participate in the Sonoma State Invite for a two-day tournament on Oct. 14 and 15. The Eagles bounced back from mediocrity with a third-place finish (314-301) out of 13 teams. Biola blew past big name PacWest competitors such as Point Loma Nazarene University, California State University Los Angeles and Holy Names University. However, host Sonoma State University won the invite, keeping the first place trophy at home.


Senior Jules Loibl (78-73) earned a top-10 finish, moving up 17 places on Tuesday and leaving her in a tie for seventh. Sophomore Sami Penor (79-73) also earned a top-10 finish by jumping 24 spots to ninth place on Tuesday.

Junior Marcel Manalo (78-73) finished the tournament in a tie for 31st place overall after erasing five strokes off of her first round. Junior Sophia Karnazes finished both rounds at 79-79, also tying in 37th place. Senior Alexis Gophert (78-86) ended the two-day invite in 51st place.

The Eagles will return to the green on Oct. 28-30 and will take on the Dennis Rose Intercollegiate for a three-day tournament in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

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