Strong Finish Pushes UC Davis Up Leaderboard

Jessica Chulya had a 1-over 73 during Wednesday's final round

March 27, 2013

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LAHAINA, Hawaii - Beverly Vatananugulkit's 1-under 71 during Wednesday's final round of the Anuenue Spring Break Classic at Kapulua Resort's Bay Course paced No. 13 UC Davis to its best day of the tournament and lifted it into a tie for seventh in the final standings.

The Aggies fired a 5-over 293 over the final 18 holes - tied for the sixth-lowest score of the day in the 18-team field - and moved them up two spots from ninth. The Aggies finished 26-over 890 for the 54-hole tournament, tying with San Jose State.

The powerhouse tournament featured eight teams ranked in Golfstat's top 50 and seven of them, including UC Davis, finished among the top seven places. Eleventh-ranked UCLA posted a 12-under 276 on Wednesday and was 10 under for the tournament. The Bruins (854) beat No. 10 Washington (858) by four shots with No. 17 Arizona State (862), No. 31 Pepperdine (869) No. 39 Oregon (886) and No. 12 Stanford occupying the positions above the Aggies.

Vatanagulkit fired her second 71 of the week and led a strong effort for UC Davis which also received rounds of 73 from sophomore Blair Lewis and junior Jessica Chulya, a 76 from senior Demi Runas and a 77 from senior Amy Simanton.

Vatananugulkit had three birdies on Wednesday, all of them on the front side of the course, including two over her final three holes. She had pars on each of the back nine holes and finished the tournament tied for 12th at par. Lewis's 73, which came on the heels of an impressive 71 on Tuesday, featured four birdies and a seven-hole stretch in which she was 4 under. She tied for 30th at 6 over.

Chulya cut five strokes on Tuesday from her opening-round score and then took three more off on Wednesday with her 71. She played a steady round by posting par on a pair of par-5 holes and added 13 pars. Chulya tied for 53rd at 14 over.

Runas had three birdies, including one on her second hole of the day and another on her 17th. She played the back nine of the Bay Course just one shot over par, tying for 45th at 11 over. Simanton was just 2 over on the back nine and had a birdie on the par-5 18th, tying for 53rd place with Chulya.

"The course was fantastic and we learned a lot of course knowledge from the first round to the third round," said head coach Anna Temple. "Our two sophomores, Bev and Blair, really led the way for us. Bev finished in 12th at even par and Blair had two good rounds to finish the tournament after a tough first day. And Jessica had a great round to end the tournament."

Pepperdine's Grace Na ended her tournament with a 4-under 68 for a 10-under total of 206. She beat Tonje Daffinud of Denver by five shots.

The Aggies will return to action on Apr. 12 when they open play at the PING/ASU Invitational at Arizona State.

Lahaina Hawaii (hosted by Univ. of Hawai'i)
The Bay Course
Par 72, 6,036 yards

1. UCLA, 295-283-276-854
2. Washington, 287-286-285-858
3. Arizona State, 289-293-280-862
4. Pepperdine, 285-296-288-869
5. Oregon, 301-295-290-886
6. Stanford, 294-2599-296-889
T7. UC DAVIS, 301-296-293-890
T7. San Jose State, 294-301-295-890
9. Portland State, 296-302-293-891
T10. Denver, 301-290-301-892
T10. Tulsa, 304-295-293-892
12. Fresno State, 298-300-298-896
13. Colorado, 301-301-300-902
14. Oregon State, 305-300-298-903
15. Nevada, 307-301-305-913
16. Osaka Gakuin, 311-316-302-929
17. Hawai'i, 313-315-302-930
18. Hawaii-Hilo, 321-309-310-940

1. Grace Na, Pepperdine, 67-71-68-206

T12. Beverly Vatananugulkit, 71-74-71-216
T30. Blair Lewis, 78-71-73-222
T45. Demi Runas, 76-75-76-227
T53. Amy Simanton, 76-77-77-230
T53. Jessica Chulya, 81-76-73-230