Fresh off her Big Sky Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year Awards- as well as being named a first-team all-conference team member, Utah-native and Sacramento State transplant Tess Blair fired a blistering seven-under 65 to take a five-stroke lead in the first round of the Women’s California State Fair Golf Championship at Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course.
The phenomenal round continues a torrid stretch of golf for the Hornet. In the last year, she has won the Rainbow Wahine Invitational and ended with a third-place showing at The Gunrock Invitational. Her three top-five finishes are tied for the fifth most in school single-season history, her four top-10 finishes are tied for fourth and her six top-20 finishes are tied for third. She led team in four of the seven tournaments during the year which places her third in school history for a single season.
Blair leads by two over fellow Sac State Hornet freshman Jennifer Koga. Koga was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii before living in Japan from 2017-18 where her sister, Eimi, played on the Japanese LPGA Tour.
“Jennifer is a talented young golfer who has played at a really high level for a very long time,” Sacramento State head coach David Sutherland said. “She brings tons of international experience and has competed at the highest level of junior golf. She is also a very kind person, who enjoys the outdoors and is an amazing artist. We are so very excited to have her a part of our program.”
In third place is Zoe Offield of Lodi, currently enrolled at CSU Monterey Bay who fired a one-under 71.
You can see the whole leaderboard by following this link: https://sgc-2020statefairwomenschampionship.golfgenius.com/pages/6486657308586674164
About the golf course:
The youngest in the City of Sacramento’s family of great golf courses is Bartley Cavanaugh, with a layout created by Perry Dye, a member of the renowned golf design family that has created famous courses throughout the world. Near the banks of the Sacramento River, Perry Dye put to work all the design principles that won him acclaim to create excitement that will test skilled players while the course remains accessible to those still growing in the game.