UC Davis Makes Jump And Moves Into Tie For Fourth At BYU

Kelsey Fischer shot an even-par 36 on the front nine on Tuesday. <br> (Mark Honbo, Media Relations)
Kelsey Fischer shot an even-par 36 on the front nine on Tuesday.
(Mark Honbo, Media Relations)

April 4, 2006

Complete BYU Dixie Results

ST. GEORGE, Utah -- UC Davis shot 22-over par 310 on Tuesday, the third-best team score of the day, as the Aggies jumped into a tie for fourth-place heading into the final round of the 19-team BYU Dixie Classic, being played at the par-72, 6,151-yard Entrada at Snow Canyon golf course.

Freshman Danielle Cvitanov moved into a tie for sixth-place in the individual standings, firing a team-best 4-over 76 during the second round to post a 36-hole total of 7-over 151. Cvitanov is tied with Da Sol Chung of UNLV, Renee Skidmore of Idaho and Nicole de Gennaro of Nevada, just one shot back Portland State's Haley Brown and Rachel Newren of BYU who are tied for fourth.

Mikaela Backstedt of New Mexico had a 2-under 70 on Tuesday to assume a three-shot lead for medalist honors over first-day leader Seema Sadekar of UNLV. Backstedt is even through 36 holes.

The Aggies, tied for seventh after the first round, had a strong second round with three players breaking 80, helping the Aggies shoot 310. Only 24th-ranked New Mexico and and 29th-ranked BYU shot better scores than UC Davis on Tuesday, each finishing at 307. UC Davis, ranked 67th nationally, is one of 13 teams ranked in the top 100 that are participating in the event. No. 10 UNLV is the highest-ranked team in the tournament.

UC Davis is in its first year of varsity competition and is fielding a team comprised of true freshman for head coach Kathy DeYoung. On Tuesday, youth served the Aggies well with Kelsey Fisher and Bryana Gregory each shooting 77 to move into ties for 19th- and 26th-places, respectively. Fischer is currently 13-over par after two rounds while Gregory is 15-over.

Eryn Williams matched her opening-round 80 with another 80 on Tuesday and is tied for 32nd place while Jee Park did the same with her second straight 83 and is tied for 57th in the 101-player tournament. Fischer was even over the front nine of her round while Cvitanov played the front just one shot over par.



New Mexico continues to lead the tournament and is 11 shots ahead of UNLV for first place at 30-over 606. BYU is in third at 46-over while Idaho and UC Davis are five shots back of the host Cougars. Iowa trails in sixth place by three shots.

The final round of the tournament will be played on Wednesday.

Entrada at Snow Canyon
par 72 (6,151 yards)
UC Davis results only
36-hole scores

TEAM (top 5) - 1. New Mexico, 606; 2. UNLV, 617; 3. BYU, 622; T4. Idaho, 627; UC Davis, 627.

INDIVIDUAL (top 5 plus UCD) - 1.Mikaela Backstedet, UNM, 74-760-144; 2. Seema Sadekar, UNLV, 70-77-147; 3. Sophia Choi, NAU, 74-75-149; T4. Haley Brown, PSU, 74-76-150; Rachel Newren, BYU, 75-75-150... T6. Danielle Cvitanov, 75-76-151; T19. Kelsey Fischer, 80-77-157; T26. Bryana Gregory, 82-77-159; T32. Eryn Williams, 80-80-160; T57. Jee Park, 83-83-166.