Feb. 24, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Betty Chen went birdie-bogey to start her second round before stringing 16 straight pars, en route to a par 72 and a tie for eighth after the first day of the UC Irvine Invitational at Santa Ana Country Club while leading the No. 33 UC Davis women's golf team into sixth place.
Chen, a sophomore from Castro Valley, is 3 over after opening her day with a 75 in the first round. Sophomore Andrea Wong is tied for 24th at 9 over, freshman Paige Lee is 11 over and tied for 34th, and juniors Beverly Vatananugulkit and Blair Lewis are tied for 53rd at 15 over.
The Aggies had rounds of 308 and 299 and are 31 over, three strokes behind fifth-place Long Beach State (+28). Eighth-ranked Stanford (+2) leads the 14-team tournament by 10 shots over No. 37 Texas A&M (+12) and is up 14 over No. 16 Pepperdine (+16). Gonzaga (+22) is in fourth place.
The Cardinal's Mariah Stackhouse, ranked eighth by Golfstat, is 5 under after rounds of 70 and 69 and has a three-shot lead over Savannah Vilaubi of UC Riverside.
Chen is looking for her third top-10 finish of the season, and her second straight. She had three birdies in her morning round overall and was just 1 over on the front nine before posting a very steady round in the afternoon.
Wong was 5 over in the first round before playing the last eight holes just a shot over par. She was 3 over in the second round after 11 holes but then had a birdie on the par-3 17th to help her cover the last seven even. Lee had a 79 in the morning but then used a strong start in the second round by playing the first 10 holes a shot under par, before coming in with a 76.
Vatananugulkit highlighted her day with three birdies in the second round, captitalizing on them to get to just 1 over before finishing with a 76. Lewis matched that score with a 76 in her first round, collecting a birdie on the par-3 14th and finishing her last nine holes only 1 over.
UC Davis will begin Tuesday's final round at 7:45 a.m. and will start on the first hole with Long Beach State and Gonzaga.
UC IRVINE INVITATIONAL
Santa Ana, Calif. (hosted by UC Irvine)
Santa Ana Country Club
Par 72, 5,842 yards
36 of 54 holes
1. Stanford, 289-289-578
2. Texas A&M, 297-291-588
3. Pepperdine, 298-294-592
4. Gonzaga, 303-295-598
5. Long Beach State, 306-298-604
6. UC DAVIS, 308-299-607
7. Portland State, 307-307-614
8. UC Irvine, 306-310-616
9. Hawaii, 303-314-617
10. San Francisco, 309-309-618
11. Nevada, 315-305-620
12. Idaho, 313-312-625
13. UC Riverside, 310-317-627
1. Mariah Stackhouse, 70-69-139
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