Sept. 17, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Amy Simanton began her senior season with a 1-under 72 while freshman Andrea Wong capped her first collegiate golf day with a 72 as well as the Aggie duo helped lead UC Davis into sixth place after two rounds of the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at New Mexico on Monday.
Simanton and Wong are tied for 17th at 2-over 148 as all five UC Davis players currently rank among the top 50 places in the 17-team, 93-player field.
The Aggies had a 7-over 299 in the first round on Monday before cutting four strokes for a 295 in the afternoon for an 11-over total of 595 heading into Tuesday's final round. UNLV (588) took a two-shot lead over Ohio State (590) with Iowa State (591), Baylor (592) and Northwestern (594) just ahead of UC Davis in the top five.
"Today we played very consistently," said first-year coach Anna Temple. "We had a couple of goals going into the day and we are on the right track to accomplish them. Two under-par rounds from Amy and Andrea were great! Everyone played very consistently and we are in a good spot going into the final round."
Simanton had three birdies, 13 pars and just two bogeys in her opening-round 72, never getting above par. She maintained that pace until a bogey on her 30th hole of the day finally put her above par. Simanton had a 76 in the second round.
Wong, making her Aggie debut after a standout career at St. Ignatius Prep High School in San Francisco, carded four birdies as part of her 76 in the morning's round. She then jumped out to a quick start in the afternoon with an eagle on the par-5 ninth, her first hole of the rpimd. Back-to-back birdies on the course's first and second holes pushed her to 3 under later before she gave back two shots and came in with a 71.
Runas opened her tournament with a 74, posting birdies on a pair of par-5 holes and then had three birdies in her afternoon round of 76, including consecutive birdies on the par-4 12th and 13th holes.
Vatananugulkit had a 77 in the first round but shot par in the second thanks to two birdies, 14 pars and only two bogeys. Lewis shot 77 in both rounds but had two birdies and played an 11-hole stretch 1 under to help highlight her afternoon round.
Colorado's Jennifer Coleman is 6 under after two rounds of 70 and has a two-shot lead over Pepperdine's Grace Na.
UC Davis will play the final around with Indiana and San Diego. Play begins at the UNM Championship Course on Tuesday at 7 a.m. (Pacific).
BRANCH LAW FIRM/DICK McGUIRE INVITATIONAL
Albuquerque, N.M. (Univ. of New Mexico host)
UNM Championship Course
Par 73, 6,192 yards
36 of 54 holes
1. UNLV, 293-295-588
2. Ohio State, 293-297-590
3. Iowa State, 295-296-591
4. Baylor, 298-294-592
5. Northwestern, 298-296-594
6. UC DAVIS, 299-295-595
7. Colorado, 298-298-596
8. Pepperdine, 300-296-596
9. Indiana, 293-307-600
10. New Mexico, 309-296-605
11. BYU, 300-306-606
12. TCU, 295-311-606
13. San Diego State, 304-305-609
14. Iowa, 306-307-613
15. Colorado State, 315-315-630
16. UTEP, 315-324-639
17. Wyoming, 320-328-648
1. Jennifer Coleman, Colorado, 70-70-140