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IRVINE, Calif. - Sophomore managerial economics major Christine Danielsson and freshman communication major Madison Wood finished at even par after shooting 71s during the first of the Big West Women’s Golf Championship’s three days of action. When each left the Strawberry Farms Golf Club on Sunday, the Aggie duo posted the second-lowest individual score out the the 40 golfers who headed to Irvine for the league’s postseason tournament.
Through 18 holes UC Davis — the tournament’s No. 2 seed — shot 11-over with its 295, and will enter Monday’s second round in second place. The Aggies will tee off at 10 a.m. alongside Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton, which ended their respective opening rounds in first and third place.
Sophomore psychology major Rei Nakatani recorded a 5-over 76, and is tied for 20th with one 18-hole round in the books, junior sociology major Samantha Hutchison and freshman psychology major Hannah Sun are tied for 24th with 6-over 77s.
Each team’s four lowest individual scores are used to create its overall result.
Both Danielsson and Wood started their mornings with pars on holes 1-3 before recording a bogey on hole 4. As the round progressed, each pulled even with respective birdies. Wood’s took place on the par 5 7th hole, Danielsson recorded a 2 on the par 3 8th.
This Aggie duo also finished their first official tour of the course with momentum after recording a pair of birdies throughout their back nine. Wood’s final five holes included two birdies and three pars; her teammate’s final six holes included one bogey, which was offset by two birdies and a trio of pars before entering the clubhouse with the Aggies’ lowest round of the day.
Long Beach State’s Jennifer Yu was the lone individual to finish under par on Sunday, holds the lowest individual score (70) through 18 holes and is part of a 49er roster that currently sits in first place.
Another 18-hole round will take place on Monday with the final 18 holes slated for Tuesday. The team with the lowest overall score will claim this year’s team title and the BWC’s automatic berth at the NCAA regionals.
Big West Championships
Hosted by UC Irvine
Strawberry Farms Golf Club
Par 71/6,038 yards
Team Standings - Through 18 holes
1. Long Beach State 285/+1
2. UC Davis 295/+11
3. Cal State Fullerton 299/+15
T4. UC Irvine 300/+16
T4. Cal Poly 300/+16
6. UC Riverside 304/+20
7. CSUN 306/+22
8. Hawai’i 308/+24
Leader plus UC Davis’ results
1. Jennifer You, Long Beach State 70/-1
T2. Christine Danielsson E/71
T2. Madison Wood E/71
T20. Rei Nakatani 76/+5
T24. Samantha Hutchison 77/+6
T24. Hannah Sun 77/+6
ABOUT UC DAVIS WOMEN’S GOLF
Since the 2005-06 season, its first as an intercollegiate program at UC Davis, women’s golf quickly earned a reputation as one of the most successful teams in the Big West Conference. In addition to its six NCAA Championship appearances as a team or individual, the Aggies advanced to the NCAA Regionals every year since 2008.
In its brief history at the Division I level, the program won six Big West championships and boasts an honor roll that ranks among the best in the nation with four All-American scholars, three All-Americans, six Big West Players of the Year and five Big West Freshmen of the Year.
ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley.
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