Megan Osland hopes her first tournament of the season south of the border is a sign of things to come as the Kelowna golfer heads into her sophomore year at San Jose State University.
In a warm-up event for the NCAA Div. 1 season, Osland finished in a tie for third out of 85 players at the California State Fair Womens Golf Championship last weekend in Sacramento.
Many of the players were from Div. 1 schools including University of California Davis, Berkley, San Jose and Stanford.
Osland, who was named SJSU’s freshman of the year in 2011-12, opened the tournament slowly with a 2-over par 74.
But the KSS grad rebounded in the second and final round with a 4-under par 68 to finish at even par 142. Osland ended up in a three-way tie for third, one shot out of second and seven back of the winner, Casie Cathrea.
“I was kind of struggling a little going into the tournament, so I wanted to see how I was doing before our competitive season started,” Osland said. “Once I got into the tournament and got comfortable things came together for me. I’m happy with it and hopefully I can keep it going.”
Osland’s final round featured seven birdies, as she moved up nine spaces on the leaderboard.
Osland credits much of her recent success to the work done this summer with Kelowna swing coach Sean Richardson.
Osland and the Spartans golf team will play their first collegiate event of the season this weekend in Colorado.
The SJSU will return to Colorado in two weeks for another event, followed by tournaments Redmond, Wash. and Stanford in October.