Sarah Busey treats fist pumps like many of us treat formal attire. She only breaks them out for special occasions. 

The Santa Clara sophomore unleashed a pair of them Tuesday during the final round of the Fresno State Classic, the last coming when she birdied the par-5 fifth hole for her seventh birdie of the day to close out a 5-under-par 67. The remarkable round bettered by two strokes her collegiate career low — a 69 set last fall at the Cal-Irvine Invitational and matched twice since then, most recently in the afternoon session of Monday's 36-hole opening round —  and matched the Broncos' 18-hole school record set by 2017 grad Annie Freman and equalled by teammate Marni Murez, also at the Cal-Irvine Invitational.

Meanwhile, Busey — the 2016 WIAA Division 2 state champion as a senior at Racine St. Catherine's — established her own 54-hole record at 4-under 212. She moved up seven spots on the individual leaderboard to place solo third, three strokes behind medalist Christine Danielsson of UC Davis (69-71-69), helping Santa Clara fire a closing 284 and finish third in the 14-team field with a 54-hole total of 6-over 870, which was 14 shots behind winner UC-Davis.

"Honestly, I had a pretty good idea of where I was at the time, but I wasn’t even thinking about the record books," Busey said of her 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole. "I was more focused on putting a good end on a great round to help my team as much as I could and I’m happy I was able to do that."

It was a day to remember from start-to-finish for Busey.

She began on the par-3 fifth hole in the shotgun start and opened birdie-birdie. After a bogey at the par-3 eighth hole, Busey made back-to-back birdies at Nos. 11 and 12 and Nos. 18 and 1 around a bogey at the par-4 14th hole before her record-tying putt on No. 4 fell for her 14th birdie of the week.

"I think what clicked was the fact that I was focusing on first hitting fairways, then hitting greens and keeping it around the hole with my putting," Busey said. "My putting was pretty solid the last 2 rounds and that helped me cash in a lot of good birdie opportunities. But Monday, I knew I still did leave a lot of shots out there so I was pumped to get back on the course and execute."

And this was one of those special occasions in which she wasn't afraid to show it.

Team/Player Leaderboard
Copper River Country Club - '19 Classic Par: 72 Yardage: 6200
Fresno, CA US
Apr 1-2, 2019
Click on the round header, (Rd 1, Rd 2, etc), to view previous round data
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
1 UC Davis 289 281 286 856
1 Christine Danielsson (3) 69 71 69 209
4 Hannah Sun (4) 71 71 71 213
T9 Madison Wood (1) 72 71 74 217
T9 Samantha Hutchison (2) 77 68 72 217
T55 Rei Nakatani (5) 80 75 77 232
2 Grand Canyon 294 284 289 867
2 Alexis Linam (3) 71 74 65 210
T6 Courtney Vogel (5) 73 68 75 216
T9 Payton Fehringer (4) 75 69 73 217
T29 Carolina Sandstrom (2) 75 73 76 224
T47 Siripatsorn Patchana (1) 76 76 77 229
3 Santa Clara 303 283 284 870
3 Sarah Busey (2) 76 69 67 212
T6 Emily Sumner (1) 75 70 71 216
T9 Claire Choi (3) 75 71 71 217
T42 Marni Murez (4) 77 73 78 228
T60 Duong Tran (5) 79 80 75 234
4 Fresno State 289 291 300 880
5 Harriet Lynch (3) 74 67 74 215
T13 Kristin Simonsen (1) 71 76 72 219
33 Jessica Hall (2) 70 73 82 225
T42 Dominika Gradecka (4) 74 78 76 228
T55 Kelsi Stieler (5) 79 75 78 232
5 UC - Riverside 295 287 303 885
T23 Serena Chon (5) 72 74 76 222
T26 Jakeishya Le (2) 79 67 77 223
T26 Ping Huang (3) 69 76 78 223
T29 Hana Furuichi (4) 77 73 74 224
T34 Hailey White (1) 77 73 76 226
6 Nevada 291 297 301 889
T16 Danielle Ujimori (5) 72 69 79 220
T26 Victoria Gailey (1) 74 75 74 223
T29 Kaitlin Collom (3) 71 77 76 224
T42 Jenny Krause (4) 74 80 74 228
T47 Chaithra Katamneni (2) 76 76 77 229
7 UC Irvine 292 299 299 890
T20 Cameron Lee (3) 73 76 72 221
T20 Janet Yeo (5) 72 74 75 221
T23 Sienna Lyford (1) 73 75 74 222
T34 Maddie Riggs (2) 74 74 78 226
T50 Sabrina Li (4) 74 78 78 230
8 Utah Valley 303 296 292 891
T16 Nathalie Irlbacher (4) 75 73 72 220
T23 Carly Dehlin Hirsch (2) 73 74 75 222
T34 Kate Williamson (5) 77 75 74 226
T37 Kaylee Shimizu (1) 78 78 71 227
T50 Keila Baladad (3) 79 74 77 230
9 Southern Utah 298 296 299 893
T6 Chanikan (Pluem) Yongyuan (1) 73 72 71 216
T13 Kamonwan (Poy) Prasurtwong (2) 73 73 73 219
T37 Launa Wilson (4) 74 76 77 227
T67 Lindsay Aleman (5) 79 80 78 237
T72 Kyla Smith (3) 78 75 86 239
10 UTEP 300 301 300 901
T16 Lily Downs (1) 73 72 75 220
T16 Valeria Mendizabal (2) 72 73 75 220
T37 Shannon O'Dwyer (3) 75 77 75 227
T60 Taylor Stone (5) 80 79 75 234
T69 Naomi Ramirez (4) 81 79 78 238
11 Portland State 300 301 301 902
T13 Jasmine Cabajar (3) 70 74 75 219
T20 Windy Huang (2) 76 72 73 221
T53 Valerie Hernandez (1) 78 77 76 231
T58 Shweta Mansingh (4) 78 78 77 233
T75 Elise Filuk (5) 76 80 86 242
12 Montana State 311 293 306 910
T29 Delaney Elliott (1) 75 78 71 224
T37 Kelly Hooper (2) 80 71 76 227
T42 Sofia Rodriguez Todd (3) 75 76 77 228
64 Coral Schulz (5) 82 71 82 235
74 Lucia Prieto Romano (4) 81 75 84 240
13 CSU - Northridge 302 306 303 911
T37 Kayla Yn (3) 75 75 77 227
T42 Michelle Duan (5) 73 75 80 228
T50 Kiran Sangha (2) 75 80 75 230
T55 Ashley Phelps (4) 80 77 75 232
T60 Brianna Steger (1) 79 79 76 234
14 South Dakota 319 312 306 937
T47 Megan Munneke (4) 79 75 75 229
T60 Emma Sabbagh (5) 77 79 78 234
T69 Laerke Jensen (1) 85 77 76 238
T69 Lexi Petersen (3) 80 81 77 238
77 Katie Bartlett (2) 83 82 80 245
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
T53 Iliana Telles (Portland State ) 81 72 78 231
T58 Delana Basanisi (Fresno State) 76 75 82 233
T65 Madeline Zunino (Nevada) 81 78 77 236
T65 Araceli Esquivel (CSU - Northridge) 78 79 79 236
T67 Isabella Seeburger (Santa Clara ) 76 79 82 237
T72 Danielle Richman (Fresno State) 81 77 81 239
T75 Naomi Wong (Santa Clara ) 81 78 83 242
78 Katy Rutherford (Nevada) 84 0 0 84

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Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.