Feb. 16, 2014
STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomores Betty Chen and Andrea Wong finished eighth and 10th, respectively, after strong closing rounds on Sunday as the No. 37 UC Davis women's golf team finished an impressive second place at the Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford Golf Course.
The Aggies shot an 11-over 586 on Sunday and were 18 over for the 36-hole tournament. UC Davis beat two teams - No. 28 California and No. 16 Oregon - ranked ahead of it in the Golfstat standings. The Bears finished fourth while the Ducks were fifth.
Chen and Wong led the Aggies in the final round. Chen fired a 1-over 72 and was 3 over for the two-day tournament, tying for eighth. She posted her third top-10 finish of the season and her second in the past three events. Wong was 4 over after shooting a team-best 71 on Sunday while tying for a season-best 10th.
UC Davis was strong throughout its lineup. Beverly Vatananugulkit tied for 15th at 6 over, freshman Paige Lee was 7 over and tied for 17th, and Blair Lewis tied for 28th at 9 over after finishing with a 75. Both Vatananugulkit and Lee had 77's in the second round.
"I'm really proud of the team this week," said Aggie coach Anna Temple. "We came into the tournament with a great focus and did a good job with the execution. Everyone has been working really hard and it was nice to see some great progress. We have a few things to pay attention to this week in practice before our next tournament, but I'm pleased with our improvement since the end of the fall season."
Host Stanford was just 2 over and captured the team title on its own course. UNLV (+24), Cal (+27) and Oregon (+28) rounded out the top five. Fourteen teams - half of them ranked in Golfstat's top 50 - competed in the tournament.
Wong's 71 started with a birdie on her first hole - the par-3 third - and featured two other birdies and just three bogeys. She was 1 under over the front nine at Stanford Golf Course. Chen also had a steady round, posting a birdie on the third hole and then adding another on the par-5 16th. Her only blemishes were a double-bogey on the ninth hole and a bogey on No. 18.
Vatananugulkit began her day on the first hole and was even after nine holes before playing the back nine 6 over. Lee had a scrambling 77 that had just nine pars but she mixed in three birdies, including two on par-3 holes. Lewis had two birdies in her final round while playing the back nine even.
First-day leader Dana Finkelstein of UNLV was 5 over for the weekend and beat Casey Danielson and Lauren Kim of Stanford by two shots. Only five of the 75 players finished in the red.
UC Davis will return to the course for the UC Irvine Invitational, scheduled for Feb. 24-25 in Santa Ana.
PEG BARNARD INVITATIONAL
Stanford, Calif. (hosted by Stanford)
Par 71, 6,084 yards
1. Stanford, 287-283-570
2. UC DAVIS, 291-295-586
3. UNLV, 298-294-592
4. California, 300-295-595
5. Oregon, 296-300-596
6. San Jose State, 292-309-601
7. San Diego State, 305-297-602
8. Colorado, 305-298-603
9. Denver, 295-309-604
T10. UC Irvine, 297-308-605
T10. Long Beach State, 303-302-605
12. Oregon State, 300-308-608
13. Fresno State, 309-302-611
14. San Francisco, 307-307-614
1. Dana Finkelstein, UNLV, 69-68-137