Sept. 24, 2013
WOLCOTT, Colo. - Freshman Paige Lee, keyed by a spectacular back nine, fired a par-72 while senior Jessica Chulya shot a 74 as both Aggies helped vault UC Davis into second place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge after Tuesday's second round.
Lee, who won't attend her first UC Davis classes until later this week, moved into a fourth-place tie at 3-over 147 while Chulya climbed 18 spots and is tied for 12th at 8 over. Junior Beverly Vatananugulkit and sophomore Betty Chen are each tied for 24th at 11 over after carding rounds of 77 and 80, respectively, while sophomore Andrea Wong is tied for 41st at 15 over after shooting 83.
The Aggies, who shot a 15-over 303 team score are in second place in the 18-team tournament which brings together teams from 18 different conferences. They're at 31-over 607 overall and only trail Pepperdine (585) which has established a sizeable lead. East Tennessee State (609) is third while TCU and Denver (618) complete the top five.
"We are fortunate to be in second going into the final round," said Aggie coach Anna Temple. "We have improved in some areas but we still have a long way to go. Paige and Jessica have really led the way for us with very consistent and smart play. We are far from satisfied but we have made improvements over the last three events."
Lee mixed two birdies, four pars and three bogeys to make her turn this afternoon at 1 over. She then put together an impressive final nine-hole stretch which included eight pars and a round-ending birdie on the par-5 18th. She also had birdies on the second and third holes after opening with a bogey. Lee is tied with Gabriella Wahl of East Tennessee State, just one shot behind Sanna Nuutinen of TCU and six back of leader Marissa Chow of Pepperdine who is 3 under.
Chulya also began her second round with a bogey and had another on her fourth hole, but she impressively sandwiched the latter with two birdies on both sides to move to 2 under after six holes. She played the front nine of the Red Sky Club's Fazio Course a shot under par. Chulya's only blemishes on her back nine were a double-bogey and a bogey.
Vatananugulkit had three birdies in her second round, including two on the back side which she played just a couple of shots over par on her way to a 77. Chen had one birdie, covering the first nine holes 1 over but eventually came in with an 80. Wong had an early birdie for her highlight before shooting 83.
UC Davis is in the Golfweek Conference Challenge for the fourth consecutive season and will try to finish strong when it begins its final round on Wednesday at 9 a.m. The Aggies will tee off the first hole and play with Pepperdine and East Tennessee State.
GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE
Red Sky Golf Club (Fazio Course)
Par 72, 6,272 yards
1. Pepperdine, 289-296-585
2. UC DAVIS, 304-303-607
3. East Tennessee State, 305-304-609
T4. TCU, 301-317-618
T4. Denver, 303-315-618
6. Harvard, 312-309-621
T7. Florida International, 308-315-623
T7. SMU, 313-310-623
9. San Jose State, 320-312-632
10. Central Arkansas, 315-320-635
11. Ark.-Little Rock, 328-313-641
12. Ball State, 318-324-642
13. Morehead State, 322-321-643
14. James Madison, 328 -318-646
15. Illinois State, 330-322-652
16. Indiana, 333-323-656
17. Boston College, 318-339-657
18. Northern Arizona, 335-329-664
1. Marissa Chow, 71-70-141
T4. Paige Lee, 75-72-147
T12. Jessica Chulya, 78-74-152
T24. Betty Chen, 75-80-155
T24. Beverly Vatananugulkit, 78-77-155
T41. Andrea Wong, 76-83-159