Aggies Tied for 17th in Second Round at Georgia

Beverly Vatananugulkit

May 22, 2013

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ATHENS, Ga. - Freshman Betty Chen is in a tie for 28th at the NCAA Div. I Women's Golf Finals at the University of Georgia while 17th-ranked UC Davis is in a tie for 17th after play was suspended because of darkness near the end of the second round on Wednesday.

UC Davis is among six teams that were on the course when play was halted. It was stopped earlier because of weather and later resumed before darkness ended it for the day.

Chen, who is 1 over in her second round, has just the par-4 9th hole left to play before she starts the third round at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Seniors Demi Runas and Amy Simanton each carded 2-over 74's on Wednesday, sophomore Beverly Vatananugulkit had a 76 and freshman Andrea Wong finished with a 79.

The Aggies are 9 over in the second round and 20 over for the tournament. UC Davis is tied with No. 35 Oregon in 17th place, just two shots back of No. 9 Arizona and No. 18 Texas who are tied for 15th.

Chen is currently 2 over for the tournament and is tied for 28th place. Runas is 4 over and in a tie for 45th, Simanton is tied for 57th at 5 over, Vatananugulkit is tied for 100th at 9 over and Wong is tied for 110th at 12 over.

"Today was an opportunity for us to move up and we didn't quite take advantage of that," said head coach Anna Temple. "We had a lot of good looks at birdies but were unable to convert. There are a lot of great teams in this field and we need to do a better job of playing our own games and playing Aggie Golf. We have two more rounds of play and we are looking forward to playing some good golf."

Starting the on the 10th hole, Chen played the course's back nine even after birdies on the par-3 13th and par-5 18th. A pair of bogeys on the front nine put her 2 over but a birdie on the par-3 8th has brought her back closer to par with just the single hole remaining on her card.

Runas matched her opening-round 74 with another in the second, collecting a birdie on the hole No. 4 to go with 14 pars and three bogeys. Simanton improved her score by a shot, finishing with three birdies including consecutive ones on the 17th and 18th holes.

Vatananugulkit's 76 was also a stroke better than Tuesday's round and featured three birdies and an impressive eagle on the par-5 7th. She was just 1 over on her back nine. Wong struggled on her last nine holes but played well over the first nine, posting a birdie and seven pars to help her go 1 over.

Top-ranked USC shot a 12-under 276 in the second round, is 16 under overall and leads No. 2 Alabama by 12 shots. Third-ranked Duke is 1 over. Alabama's Stephanie Meadow is 8 under and has a one-shot lead in the player standings.

Chen will finish her final hole at 4:25 a.m. PT. UC Davis will begin the third round at 5:36 PT and will play with Arizona and Auburn.

Athens, Ga. (hosted by the Univ. of Georgia)
Univ. of Georgia Golf Course
36 of 72 holes (partially suspended)
(teams who had play suspended have score in parentheses)

1. USC, 284-276-560
2. Alabama, 288-284-572
3. Duke, 286-289-575
4. UCLA, 289-287-576
T5. Purdue, 289-289-578
T5. Stanford, 290-288-578
7. Arizona State, 293-287-580
8. Oklahoma, 291-291-582
9. Tulane, 295-289-584
T10. San Jose State, 284 - (+12)
T10. Vanderbilt, 299-289-588
12. Arkansas, 296-293-589
T13. Michigan State, 298- (+14)
T13. Northwestern, 298- (+14)
T15. Texas, 299-295-594
T15. Arizona, 298- (+18)
T17. UC DAVIS, 299- (+20)
T17. Oregon, 301-295-596
19. Florida, 299-298-597
20. Auburn, 305- (+23)
21. Mississippi State, 300-302-602
22. Oklahoma State, 303-300-603
23. South Carolina, 304-305-609
24. Wisconsin, 301-309-610

1. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama, 69-67-136

T28. Betty Chen, 73- (+2)
T45. Demi Runas, 74-74-148
T57. Amy Simanton, 75-74-149
T100. Beverly Vatananugulkit, 77-76-153
T110. Andrea Wong, 77-79-156