Sept. 18, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Seniors Amy Simanton and Demi Runas each shot below-par rounds while the UC Davis women's golf team used the best team score of the day to jump and finish in a second-place tie at the season-opening Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the University of New Mexico.
Simanton fired a 3-under 70 for a 1-under 218 total, tying for fourth place while Runas shot a 72 and tied for 13th at 2 over. UC Davis, meanwhile, fired an even round of 292 to move from sixth place into a runner-up finish along with Ohio State and first-day leader UNLV at 11-over. Iowa State captured the tournament title by one shot.
Freshman Andrea Wong had an impressive collegiate debut for the Aggies, shooting a 75 to tie for 21st at 4 over, while sophomore Beverly Vatananugulkit also had a 75 and tied for 28th at 6 over. Sophomore Blair Lewis finished with a 79, tying for 55th at 14 over.
The Aggies made their move up the leaderboard by firing a team score that was three shots better than Iowa State which had the second-lowest round of the day (295).
"Today we went out with a goal in mind and played very well," said Anna Temple, who was in her coaching debut for UC Davis. "Having an even-round total for the final round was a great success. We improved each round and worked really hard to do so.
"Everyone on the team contributed and to be led by Amy with a tie for fourth individually was great," she added. "We have some work to do to improve for our next event but this was a great start to our season."
Simanton's 3-under round was sparked by six birdies, including four on the course's front nine. She had back-to-back red numbers on the course's second and third holes, her final two holes of the day, after posting consecutive birdies earlier on the ninth and 10th holes.
Runas enjoyed a very steady round with three birdies - two of them on par-five holes - to go with 13 pars and only two bogeys. She birdied her final hole of the day to come in under par. Wong was impressive with a nice rally after moving to 5 over after just five holes. But she got it going in the other direction with a birdie on her seventh hole - the par-5 10th - strung together eight straight pars and then came in strong with birdies on two of her final three holes, carding a 75.
Vatananugulkit had a pair of birdies on par-3 holes and used 12 pars to help spark her 75 while Lewis had an early birdie and was even through 10 holes before finishing with a 79.
Colorado's Jennifer Coleman went wire-to-wire for the win, shooting a 5-under 68 to post a 54-hole total of 11-under 208.
UC Davis will return to action next week when it participates in the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colo., starting on Monday.
BRANCH LAW FIRM/DICK McGUIRE INVITATIONAL
Albuquerque, N.M. (Univ. of New Mexico host)
UNM Championship Course
Par 73, 6,192 yards
1. Iowa State, 295-296-295-886
T2. UC DAVIS, 299-295-292-887
T2. UNLV, 293-295-299-887
T2. Ohio State, 293-297-297-887
5. Northwestern, 298-296-299-893
6. Baylor, 298-294-302-894
7. Indiana, 293-307-296-896
8. Colorado, 298-298-302-898
9. Pepperdine, 300-296-311-907
10. New Mexico, 309-296-304-909
11. TCU, 295-311-308-914
12. BYU, 300-306-309-915
T13. San Diego State, 304-305-310-919
T13. Iowa, 306-307-306-919
15. Colorado State, 315-315-311-941
16. UTEP, 315-324-311-950
17. Wyoming, 320-328-308-956
1. Jennifer Coleman, Colorado, 70-70-68-208