Strong Finish Rallies Aggies Into Second-Place Tie

Amy Simanton tied for fourth after a spectacular round on Tuesday.
Amy Simanton tied for fourth after a spectacular round on Tuesday.

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.

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

T4. Amy Simanton, 72-76-70-218
T13. Demi Runas, 74-75-72-221
T21. Andrea Wong, 76-72-75-223
T28. Beverly Vatananugulkit, 77-73-75-225
T55. Blair Lewis, 77-77-79-233