Sodersten Excels in First Season

April 3, 2013

By Elly Walker

FRESNO, Calif.--Freshman Hannah Sodersten, a Clovis, Calif. native, began playing competitive golf at the age of 10 and found a life-long love for the sport.

"I practiced hard and I started getting better and better, which motivated me to want to play more," Sodersten said. "Then I ended up at a division I school."

The freshman has competed in all eight tournaments of the Bulldog's 2012-13 season. Sodersten placed in the top-30 in three tournaments and top-15 in two tournaments.

Sodersten's best finish was at the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate in Oct. 2012 where she fired six-over par 222 (75-71-76) and finished in a tie for 5th place out of 104 players. The Bulldogs took the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate tournament crown at 885 (291-289-305).

"I have been able to play in some great tournaments this year and it has really helped improve my game because of the competition I've faced," Sodersten said.

Sodersten chose to attend Fresno State because of its proximity to home and her supportive parents. Sodersten credits her dad, David Sodersten, for helping her make it this far in golf.

"My dad is the one that got me into golf," Sodersten said. "He is really positive with me. He goes out and practices with me and we play against each other, so it is good competition because he is also a good golfer."

Along with her parents, Sodersten counts her teammates as her family.

"I knew the team from playing in junior golf tournaments, so it is comfortable," Sodersten said. "We all help each other out and it is a great support system here."

Sodersten became the first Bulldog women's golfer to earn MW Women's Golfer of the Week honors. Sodersten was selected for this award after her performance at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational in San Jose, Calif. on March 4-5, 2013.

Sodersten tied for 11th place out of 73 golfers where she carded an 8-over-par 224 (74-76-74) on the par-72, 6,180-yard course at Almaden Country Club. The freshman recorded seven birdies and one eagle across the 54-hole tournament. Her 11th- place tie marked Sodersten's second career top-15 finish.

Through 22 rounds, Sodersten ranks second among the Fresno State women's golf team and third among Mountain West freshmen with a 76.05 stroke average.

"Hannah has made a great contribution in our lineup," head coach Angie Cates-Moore said. "She's competitive and self-motivated. She's had a very solid start to her collegiate career and I know she's going to accomplish many great things."

During her time as a Bulldog, Sodersten hopes to win individual tournament titles as well as become an All-American.

Follow Sodersten as the Bulldogs host the Fresno State Lexus Classic in Fresno, Calif. on April 15-16 at Copper River Country Club on and check for the recap.