Oct. 9, 2012
SAMMAMISH, Wash. - Freshman Andrea Wong had three birdies over her first four holes on her way to a 1-under 71 during Tuesday's second round, while senior Demi Runas joined her in a tie for eighth, as the No. 7 UC Davis women's golf team moved into second place at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at the University of Washington.
The Aggies fired a tournament-best 292 on Tuesday while cutting 10 strokes off their first-round score, and are at 18-over 594 after 36 holes. UC Davis trails No. 6 Washington (586) by eight shots with fellow Big West Conference member UC Irvine in third at 27-over 603.
Stanford, ranked 40th and coached by former Aggie coach Anne Walker, is in fourth (607) while No. 39 Oregon (608) rounds out the top five. Washington's SooBin Kim had an impressive 5-under 67 in the second round and took a six-shot lead over teammates Cyd Okino and Charlotte Thomas, and Oregon State's Seshia Lei Telles, who are each at par.
Wong's 71 was the best round of the 54-hole event for UC Davis and left her in a tie for eighth at 3-over. Runas had another strong day, shooting 73, and is also tied for eighth.
Senior Amy Simanton sits in a tie for 14th at 6-over after her second straight 75 while sophomore Beverly Vatananugulkit matched Runas with a 73 and is tied for 19th at 7 over. Freshman Raegan Bremer, competing in her first tournament as an Aggie, had a 78 and is tied for 30th at 11-over 155.
UC Davis was tied for fourth after Monday's first round but beat Washington's 293 in each round for the lowest score of the 16-team tournament. The Aggies and Huskies were the only teams to break 300 on Tuesday.
Wong helped immensely by getting off to a strong start which saw her birdie the second through fourth holes which consisted of a par-5 and two par-4's. She closed the front nine with another birdie and then played the back two shots over par. Wong had just three bogeys.
Runas birdied the par-4 first hole and the par-3 17th, mixing in 13 pars and two bogeys for her 73 which was a shot better than her opening-round score. Vatananugulkit had a 78 on Monday but cut five strokes on Tuesday thanks to three birdies. Simanton was 4 over after nine holes but rallied with a pair of par-5 birdies on the back, which she played a shot below par, to come in 3 over. Bremer finished her second round strong, posting a birdie on the par-5 18th.
The Aggies, enjoying their highest national ranking ever, have finished second in two of their first three tournaments. They'll try and catch Washington beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday when they tee off the final round with UNLV, Gonzaga and Washington.
EDEAN IHLANFELDT INVITATIONAL
Sammamish, Wash. (hosted by Univ. of Washington)
Sahalee Country Club
Par 72, 6,054 yards
36 of 54 holes
1. Washington, 293-293-586
2. UC DAVIS, 302-292-594
3. UC Irvine, 297-306-603
4. Stanford, 299-308-607
5. Oregon, 302-306-608
6. UNLV, 308-301-609
7. San Jose State, 302-313-615
8. Oregon State, 315-302-617
9. Gonzaga, 308-318-626
10. Long Beach State, 310-322-632
11. San Diego State, 322-312-634
12. Fresno State, 327-309-636
13. San Francisco, 315-324-639
14. Portland State, 322-320-642
15. Seattle. 326-327-653
16. Hawaii, 328-335-663
1. SooBin Kim, Washington, 71-67-138