San Jose State wins WAC title by one shot

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San Jose State won back-to-back Western Athletic Conference Championships Wednesday for the first time in program history.

The Spartans topped Hawaii by one shot, the closest WAC Championship since 1999.

San Jose State, No. 40 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, closed with a 28-over 312 to finish at 66-over 918 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. No. 115 Hawaii, which finished at 919, shot 311 in the final round. No. 53 Idaho (309) was third at 920.

Shraddhanjali Singh led the Spartans with a career-best fifth-place showing. She finished at 14-over 227. Christina Corpus and Madeleine Ziegert tied for sixth.

San Jose State has won three of the past five WAC Championships (2006, 2009, 2010).

“The wind was blowing hard this morning when we got to the course,” Spartans head coach John Dormann said. “I knew it was going to be a tough day for everyone. This is our first team win of the year, and I hope this propels us to better things at regionals.”

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Hali Coppin

Fresno State senior Hali Coppin shot 74-74-73 to win the individual medal at 8-over 221. Coppin made quadruple-bogey 8 on her third hole of the final round but played her next 14 holes in 2 under.

“I was kind of walking in circles waiting to see what would happen,” Coppin said. “I heard the Hawaii player made a birdie on No. 17, and 18 is a par 5, so I went to the range (in case there was to be a playoff). But when she made a par on 18, my teammates came running and yelling. It was pretty exciting.”

She is the second Bulldog in the past three seasons to win the WAC title.

San Jose State received the WAC's automatic bid to an NCAA regional. Sites will be announced April 26.

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