Spartans Begin Regional Play on Monday

Postseason play begins Monday for the 25th-ranked San José State women’s golf team at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional at the Tumble Creek Club. The Spartans are the No. 5 seed at the Cle Elum Regional to be played at the Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Wash., May 6-8. 

The Spartans played at the Tumble Creek Club for the 2019 regional when the team advanced to the NCAA Championships in Arkansas. The team finished fifth that year at 8-over 872. In 2014, former Spartan Regan De Guzman competed as an individual at the regional and finished 75th. 

The six regions feature 12 teams and six individuals competing. The top-five teams and top individual, not on an advancing team, in each region will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 17-22, at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.

The other five regionals will be played in Auburn, Ala. (Auburn University Club), Bermuda Run, N.C. (Bermuda Run Country Club), Bryan, Texas (Traditions Club), East Lansing, Mich. (Fort Akers Golf Course) and Las Vegas, Nev. (Spanish Trail Country Club).

TEE TIMES: Tee times for the first round begin at 9 a.m. PDT on Monday. The Spartans will start their round at that time along with Virginia and host Washington. SJSU will start the first round on hole 10. Tee times for the second and third rounds will be determined by the results after each round.

SPARTAN LINEUP: San José State’s lineup will be - Kajsa Arwefjäll, Lucia Lopez Ortega, Louisa Carlbom, Rebecca Gyllner and Moa Andersson. Tessa Kremser is the alternate.

SAN JOSE STATE AT THE NCAA REGIONALS: The Spartans are making their 28th regional appearance since 1993. The team has won three regional titles - 1994 in Albuquerque, 1995 in Tucson, Ariz., and 2022 in Ann Arbor. The team has finished second twice - 1996 & 2000.

Individually, two former Spartans won a regional title - Madeleine Ziegert in 2010 and Natasha Andrea Oon in 2022.

WAGR RANKINGS: Two San José State players are currently ranked among the top-75 amateur players on the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).
31st - Kajsa Arwefjäll    71st - Lucia Lopez Ortega

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONS: For the second time in three years, San Jose State won the Mountain West championship, shooting a 9-under 279 in the final round to win by 18 shots at 17-under 847, at the Mission Hills Country Club.

The Spartans set the tournament record for lowest 54-hole score with the 847, besting the record of 853 set by New Mexico in 2023. 

The 18-shot victory is the fourth-biggest in championship history.

MOUNTAIN WEST INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: Kajsa Arwefjäll shot a 6-under 66 in the final round to claim the 2024 Mountain West Individual title at a 9-under 207 for the three rounds.

Arwefjäll had a clean card in the third round with her six birdies and 12 pars. Arwefjäll led the field in par-3 scoring (-1) and par-4 scoring (-5) and was second in the field in birdies made with 16. Her 66 ties for the second-lowest individual score at the championship and her low score this year.

Her 207 is the second-lowest 54-hole score shot in the 24-year history of the tournament, one shot from former Spartan Natasha Andrea Oon who had a 10-under 206 to win in 2022.

Arwefjäll joins Oon as the only two Spartans to win the MW Individual Championship. In her four years at the championship, Arwefjäll finished tied for ninth in 2021, tied for third in 2022, second in 2023 and champion in 2024.

THREE OTHER SPARTANS FINISH IN TOP-10 AT MW CHAMPS: Lucia Lopez Ortega finished third at 5-under 211, shooting a 2-under 70 in the third round. Lopez Ortega started her round 5-over through the first five holes of the day, making double bogey-bogey-par-par-double bogey to start and shot a 40 for the first nine holes.

Starting on hole nine, Lopez Ortega made five consecutive birdies to pull herself back to even par. She finished the round making back-to-back birdies to shoot a 30 for the back nine.

With her seven birdies made on Thursday, Lopez Ortega led the tournament in birdies with 17.

Louisa Carlbom and Rebecca Gyllner tied for ninth place at even-par 216. Carlbom shot an even-par 72 in the final round with four birdies. Gyllner had a 1-over 73, and had two birdies and nine pars over her final 11 holes played.