Sophomores Fuel UC Davis at PING/ASU Invitational

Betty Chen
 
Betty Chen
 

April 6, 2014

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TEMPE, Ariz.- Sophomore standouts Betty Chen and Andrea Wong each shot final-round par-72s on Sunday at the PING/ASU Invitational as the No. 39 UC Davis women's golf team improved its team score for the second consecutive day at Karsten Golf Course.

The Aggies tied for 11th with No. 5 Oklahoma in the final standings at 29-over 884 and were 12 strokes ahead of 12th-ranked Vanderbilt (+41). UC Davis shot 7-over 295 on Sunday, a three-shot improvement from its second-round score.

Chen, who had her second par round of the weekend, tied for 17th at 1 over on the individual leaderboard while Wong tied for 50th at 9-over. Junior Beverly Vatananugulkit shot 74 and tied for 40th at 7 over, freshman Paige Lee finished with a 77 and tied for 58th at 12 over, and senior Jessica Chulya carded an 81 and tied for 79th.

Seventh-ranked South Carolina entered the day with the lead and went on to post a six-shot victory. It finished 11 under to outdistance No. 11 Washington, No. 6 Arizona State and No. 3 Duke which all finished second at 5 under. Ninth-ranked Arizona placed fifth after ending 4 over.

The PING/ASU Invitational is annually one of the toughest tournaments of the season. This year, 12 top-50 teams competed including seven in the top 10.

Chen started with an early bogey but two birdies over a three-hole span on her front nine put her in red numbers. She dipped to 2 under and held that score until two late bogeys brought her in at par. Wong, who had her best round of the tournament, birdied the par-5 14th and par-4 15th on her front nine to move to 2 under before playing even the rest of the way.

Vatananugulkit had two birdies and played her first nine holes at par. Both of her birdies came on par-5 holes. Lee had two birdies as well and was just 1 over on her opening nine holes. Chulya had a birdie on the par-4 1st after playing her front nine just 2 over.

Duke's Celine Boutier finished 8 under to earn medalist honors, beating Noemi Jimenez of Arizona State by a shot. Jiminez was one of four players who shot 6-under 66s on Sunday.

UC Davis will now prepare for the Big West Championships in San Luis Obispo beginning next Sunday. The Aggies enter the tournament as the four-time defending champion.

PING/ASU INVITATIONAL
Tempe, Ariz. (hosted by Arizona State)
Karsten Golf Course
Par 72, 6,223 yards
Final

TEAMS
1. South Carolina, 288-280-285-853
T2. Washing ston, 284-291-284-859
T2. Arizona State, 287-287-285-859
T2. Duke, 290-284-285-859
5. Arizona, 288-288-292-868
6. UCLA, 291-294-287-872
7. Stanford, 295-285-296-876
8. California, 291-292-298-881
9. Texas, 294-292-297-883
10. Oregon, 291-296-297-884
T11. Oklahoma, 296-303-294-893
T11. UC DAVIS, 300-298-295-893
13. Vanderbilt, 300-302-303-905
14. Oregon State, 308-303-301-912
15. Washington State, 301-313-303-917

INDIVIDUAL
1. Celine Boutier, Duke, 69-69-70-208

UC DAVIS
T17. Betty Chen, 72-73-72-217
T40. Beverly Vatananugulkit, 77-72-74-223
T50. Andrea Wong, 79-74-72-225
T58. Paige Lee, 72-79-77-228
T79. Jessica Chulya, 82-85-81-248