Sacramento State’s Tess Blair Wins Big at the Women’s California State Fair Golf Championship at Bartley Cavanaugh GC at 7 Under

Sacramento State sophomore Tess Blair led the way from start to finish under a brutal Sacramento hot spell to win the 2020 Women’s California State Fair Golf Championship at the Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course, winning the prestigious championship by a whopping seven strokes with a two-round score of 137.

2020 California State Fair Women’s Golf Champion Tess Blair
2020 California State Fair Women’s Golf Champion Tess Blair

In temperatures reaching 109 and after carding a first-round 7-under 65, Blair got off to a bumpy start in her final round of the Women’s California State Fair Golf Championship with a bogey on her first hole, the par-four #1. But she came right back and birdied the second hole and played the rest of her round at even par, playing the last five holes at two under par. The Big Sky Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year is clearly keeping her game sharp despite the Big Sky Conference postponing all fall competitions to the spring of 2021.

The phenomenal victory 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 the team in four of the seven tournaments during the year which places her third in school history for a single season.

Sacramento’s own Clare Sorensen (Christian Brothers/University of San Francisco) followed up her first-round three over par 75 with a stellar three-under-par score of 69, birdieing three of her last five holes to take second place alone with an even-par 144. 

Cal Bears Freshman Minka Jin of Freemont tied for third place with a score of 72-73. Jin is another junior standout who won the 2017 AJGA Reno/Tahoe Junior at Arrow Creek and the 2018 AJGA Las Vegas Junior at Reflection Bay. She also is a two-time Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year.

Also in third place with the same 72-73 one over score was UC Irvine’s Angela Bagasbas. Bagasbas was the 2015 NCS Championship medalist at Boundary Oak, leading Carondelet HS to the NCS team title and its first CIF state championship appearance since 2006.

Finishing in the three-way tie for third with an identical score of 72-73 one over was Elizabeth Scholtes of Alameda. The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University Junior was the 2019 Sacramento County Women’s Championship winner and birdied the tough island green #17 to sneak in the top three finishers.

First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour standout Lexi Booras from Rocklin, CA was the low mid-teenager of the group of golfers, shooting a terrific 72-74 score of 146 to finish another stroke back. 

You can see the whole leaderboard of the Women’s California State Fair Golf Championship by clicking on the leaderboard here:

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.

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