April 4, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. - Freshman Paige Lee played her back nine 2 under while joining teammate Betty Chen by carding an even round of 72, as the No. 39 UC Davis women's golf team finished the first round of the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course on Friday tied for 12th place.
The Aggies shot a 12-over 300 team score in the high-caliber 15-team tournament that features seven top-10 teams and a dozen in the top 50. Lee and Chen are tied for 20th place while Beverly Vatananugulkit shot 77 and is tied for 57th, Andrea Wong carded a 79 and is tied for 68th, and Jessica Chulya posted 82 and is tied for 80th.
Eleventh-ranked Washington leads the 54-hole event after shooting 4 under on Friday. The Huskies lead No. 6 Arizona State by three shots and No. 7 South Carolina and No. 9 Arizona by four. The Aggies are tied with 12th-ranked Vanderbilt as both chase No. 5 Oklahoma (+8) and No. 8 Stanford (+7) just ahead of them on the leaderboard.
South Carolina's Katelyn Dambaugh and UCLA's Ani Gulugian are tied for the individual lead at 4 under. Nineteen players are below par after the first round.
Lee ended her first round strong after playing the front nine 2 over. She battled back with birdies on the par-4 11th and 13th holes and the par-5 14th. Lee had just one bogey over her final nine holes to finish with her 72.
Chen was even on both sides of the course, finishing with three birdies including back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th holes. She opened her day with four pars and a birdies, and had 12 pars overall.
Vatananugulkit was 4 over at her turn but was just 1 over on the back. She birdied a pair of par-3 holes; one on each side. Wong had an early birdie and was just 2 over after her first nine holes. Chulya highlighted her day with a birdie on the par-4 11th.
The tournament continues with the second round on Saturday. The Aggies will play with Washington State and Oregon State and will start on the 10th hole at 8:16 a.m.
Tempe, Ariz. (hosted by Arizona State)
Karsten Golf Course
Par 72, 6,223 yards
18 of 54 holes
1. Washington, 284
2. Arizona State, 287
T3. South Carolina, 288
T3. Arizona, 288
5. Duke, 290
T6. Oregon, 291
T6. UCLA, 291
T6. California, 291
9. Texas, 294
10. Stanford, 295
11. Oklahoma, 296
T12. Vanderbilt, 300
T12. UC DAVIS, 300
14. Washington State, 301
15. Oregon State, 308
T1. Katelyn Dambaugh, So. Carolina, 68
T1. Ani Gulugian, UCLA, 68