Kim, Aggies Take Early Control Of Big West Championship

Alice Kim swings during the first round of the Big West Championship on Sunday. She leads after a 72. <br> (Photo by Steve Chen, Big West)
 
Alice Kim swings during the first round of the Big West Championship on Sunday. She leads after a 72.
(Photo by Steve Chen, Big West)
 

April 18, 2010

Results and live scoring

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Sparked by three birdies and 12 pars, junior Alice Kim shot a first-round 72 on Sunday morning as both she and her UC Davis teammates took early leads at the Big West Women's Golf Championship at San Luis Obispo Country Club.

Freshman Amy Simanton is in second after her 74 while junior Chelsea Stelzimiller had a 75 and is tied for third. Freshman Demi Runas is tied for seventh after her round of 77 while senior Kimberly Johnson carded a 78 and is tied for 13th, helping UC Davis put its entire lineup on the top half of the leaderboard.

The Aggies, who finished second at last year's tournament and are looking for their second berth in the NCAA Championships in their first three seasons of Division I competition, posted a 10-over 298 team score on Sunday and lead No. 40 UC Irvine by eight shots. Defending champion Long Beach State is nine shots off the pace while UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge are well back in fourth at 29-over. Seven teams are vying for the conference title and automatic berth into the NCAA Regional.

Kim opened her day with a bogey on the par-5 first hole but then battled right back with a birdie on the par-3 second. She capped her front nine with a birdie, making the turn at 1-over 35. Kim played the back at 1-over, coming in with the tournament's only par round on the first day.

Simanton scrambled for her 74, countering two double-bogeys and three bogeys with five birdies, including one on the par-4 18th. Stelzmiller capitalized on a birdie and 13 pars while Runas was 1-under after nine holes before finishing with a 77. Johnson was one over after nine holes and then had birdies on the 10th and 11th holes, ending the day at 6-over.

 

 

The 54-hole tournament continues with 18 holes on both Monday and Tuesday.

BIG WEST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
San Luis Obispo Country Club
Par 72, 6,168 yards
18 of 54 holes

TEAMS
1. UC DAVIS, 298
2. UC Irvine, 306
3. Long Beach State, 307
T4. UC Riverside, 317
T4. Cal State Northridge, 317
6. Cal Poly, 324
7. Cal State Fullerton, 338

INDIVIDUALS
1. Alice Kim, 72

UC DAVIS
2. Amy Simanton, 74
T3. Chelsea Stelzmiller, 75
T7. Demi Runas, 77
T13. Kimberly Johnson, 78