Chen Takes Share of Lead at Hawaii Tournament

Paige Lee is tied for 12th in Hawaii.
 
Paige Lee is tied for 12th in Hawaii.
 

March 24, 2014

Results and Live Scoring

KAPALUA, Hawaii - Four birdies on her front nine fueled Betty Chento a quick start as the Aggie sophomore finished with a 2-under 70 to take a share of the first-day lead for the No. 37 UC Davis women's golf team at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic on the island of Maui on Monday.

The Aggies, who owned an early lead during the opening round of the 54-hole tournament, are in fourth place at 10-over 288. They trail co-leaders Pepperdine, ranked 15th, and No. 10 Washington by eight shots. Third-place San Jose State is just two strokes in front of UC Davis.

Freshman Paige Lee also started her week well, moving into a 12th-place tie at 2 over. Blair Lewis and Beverly Vatananugulkit each had 77s and are tied for 35th while Andrea Wongshot 79 and is tied for 52nd.

The action is the first for the Aggies since early March. Chen showed no signs of a layoff, picking up a birdie on the par-5 10th hole - her first hole of the day - and then added birdies on the par-4 14th, par-5 15th and the par-5 18th holes to make her turn 4 under.

She had three bogeys on her next eight holes before finishing strong with a birdie on the par-4 9th hole. Chen, ranked 71st by Golfstat, is tied with Ying Luo of Washington and 27th-ranked Grace Na of Pepperdine. Eighty-eight players are competing and only five finished the first round in the red.

Lee birdied a pair of par-5 holes on The Bay Course's back nine - the 15th and 18th holes - and was even with seven holes to play before coming in with a 70. Lewis scrambled to her 77, posting five birdies - including two on her last four holes - during her round.

Vatananugulkit had an early birdie and was 1 under on the course's back nine before shooting 77 as well. Wong was only 2 over after her first nine holes and stayed that way with five holes to go before shooting 79.

"We got off to a solid start and were able to take advantage of some great opportunities," said head coach Anna Temple. "We struggled a bit on our back nine but I think we learned a great deal about those holes that will help us the next two days. Betty and Paige have both played very consistently for us this spring and today was no different. They led the team in scoring and I know they are excited to get back out there tomorrow and help the team in the second round."

The tournament continues on Tuesday morning at 10:45 (PDT) with the second round. The Aggies will start on the first through fifth holes. The three-day event finishes on Wednesday.

ANUENUE SPRING BREAK CLASSIC
Kapalua, Hawaii (hosted by Hawaii)
The Bay Course
Par 72, 6,022 yards
18 of 54 holes

TEAM
T1. Pepperdine, 290
T1. Washington, 290
3. San Jose State, 296
4. UC DAVIS, 298
T5. Colorado, 301
T5. Santa Clara, 301
7. Mississippi, 303
T8. Oregon State, 307
T8. Hawaii, 307
10. Fresno State, 308
11. Long Beach State, 309
12. UC Riverside, 316
13. Cal Poly, 317
14. Seattle, 318
15. Nevada, 320

INDIVIDUAL
T1. Betty Chen, UC Davis, 70
T1. Grace Na, Pepperdine, 70
T1. Ying Luo, Washington, 70

UC DAVIS
T12. Paige Lee, 74
T35. Blair Lewis, 77
T35. Beverly Vatananugulkit, 77
T52. Andrea Wong, 79