Runas Nearly Defends Title at Arizona State

Andrea Wong

April 14, 2013

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TEMPE, Ariz. - UC Davis' Demi Runas shot a 2-under 70 during the final round of the PING/ASU Invitational at ASU Karsten Golf Course on Sunday, tying for second after nearly successfully defending the title she won a share of last year.

She led the No. 16 Aggie team to a 10th-place finish in the powerful tournament that was riddled with many of the top collegiate teams. Included were five top-10 teams and another half-dozen that are ranked among the top 25.

UC Davis shot 7-over 295 on Sunday, posting a 15-over 879 total for the 54-hole event. Runas finished 7-under 209 overall, tying for runner-up honors with Erynne Lee of UCLA. Alabama's Emma Talley was 9 under to capture medalist honors.

Runas, ranked 22nd nationally, tied Ani Gulugian of UCLA for first place last season. Gulugian tied for 17th at this year's tournament.

Aggie sophomore Beverly Vatananugulkit concluded a nice tournament for herself by shooting 71 on Sunday, bringing her in at par and tying her for 22nd. Freshman Andrea Wong and senior Amy Simanton each shot 77, with Wong tying for 48th at 7 over and Simanton tying for 69th at 15 overall. Sophomore Blair Lewis carded an 82, finishing 87th.

Runas had just one bogey during Saturday's round of 68 and did that one better on Sunday by collecting two birdies, 16 pars and no bogeys. She had back-to-back birdies on the par-4 13th and par-5 14th holes. Vatananugulkit had three birdies and was even over her final 12 holes.

Simanton collected four birdies, including three on the course's back nine, while Wong was just 2 over on her last nine holes. Lewis highlighted her day with consecutive birdies and an eagle-2 later on the 8th hole.

"Demi had a great tournament. To finish tied for second in this field really shows that she is one of the best players in the country," said head coach Anna Temple. "While it wasn't our best tournament as a team, her scores really helped along with Andrea and Beverly who really stepped up in a great field.

"We have a lot of work to do to prepare for the conference championships next weekend," she added, "but I have no doubt that the unsatisfied feeling we have leaving Tempe will propel us to work hard this week."

Third-ranked Alabama set a tournament record by finishing 19 under and winning by nine strokes over second-ranked Duke. Seventh-ranked Arizona and No. 15 Stanford tied for third at 2 under.

UC Davis will now turn its attention to the Big West Championship which begins Apr. 21 in San Luis Obispo. The Aggies are three-time defending champions.

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

1. Alabama, 284-284-277-845
2. Duke, 280-283-291-854
T3. Arizona, 288-284-290-862
T3. Stanford, 289-282-291-862
T5. USC, 283-288-292-863
T5. Arizona State, 291-281-291-863
7. Texas, 286-289-289-864
8. UCLA, 279-302-285-866
9. Texas A&M, 287-296-294-877
10. UC DAVIS, 287-297-295-879
T11. Washington, 292-294-294-880
T11. TCU, 292-285-303-880
13. South Carolina, 291-299-296-886
14. Oregon, 311-299-289-899
15. UNLV, 305-302-307-914
T16. California, 313-302-305-920
T16. Colorado, 298-317-305-920

1. Emma Talley, Alabama, 68-69-70-207

T2. Demi Runas, 71-68-70-209
T22. Beverly Vatananugulkit, 71-74-71-216
T48. Andrea Wong, 71-75-77-223
T69. Amy Simanton, 74-80-77-231
87. Blair Lewis, 87-84-82-253