Vatananugulkit Leads Aggies To Sixth-Place Finish

Betty Chen tied for 26th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.

Oct. 9, 2013

SAMMAMISH, Wash. - A solid front nine lifted junior Beverly Vatananugulkit to a team-best 4-over 76 on Wednesday and a third-place finish among all players, while leading the No. 36 UC Davis women's golf team to a sixth-place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at the University of Washington.

Vatananugulkit, who was third entering the day, finished the 54-hole tournament at 1-over 217 while the Aggies shot a collective 20-over 308 in the final round at Sahalee Country Club. Sophomores Betty Chen and Andrea Wong both shot 77s, finishing in ties for 26th and 34th, respectively, while freshman Paige Lee tied for 41st after posting a 79. Senior Jessica Chulya carded a 78 and tied for 43rd.

Eleventh-ranked Stanford had a 7-over 295 on Wednesday and was 1-under 863 for the week, winning the 13-team tournament by 27 shots over top-ranked Washington (890). Central Florida (898), ranked 29th, was third while No. 28 Oregon (903) took fourth. The Aggies (908) were just two shots behind fifth-place Cal (906), ranked 23rd.

Vatananugulkit had a season-best finish with her Pacific Northwest performance. Sparked by eight pars and a birdie on the par-4 eighth hole, she finished the front nine a shot below par. She was 4 over on the back. Vatananugulkit opened the tournament with impressive rounds of 70 and 71, respectively, on Tuesday.

She finished solidly in third, two shots ahead of SooBin Kim of Washington while trailing only winner Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford and her teammate Mariko Tumangan. Stackhouse was 7 under while Tumangan was 4 under.

Chen had a steady front nine on Wednesday, picking up a birdie, seven pars and just one bogey to play the stretch even. Wong matched Chen's 77 by covering her final nine holes only one shot above par, which included a birdie on the par-4 16th hole. Lee was just 3 over on her back nine to highlight her day while Chulya also birdied the 16th hole to help spark her round.

UC Davis will be off until traveling to the Hoosier Invitational at Indiana University on Oct. 19-20.

Sammamish, Wash. (hosted by Univ. of Washington)
Sahalee Country Club
1. Stanford, 285-284-295-863
2. Washington, 301-289-300-890
3. Central Florida, 297-301-300-898
4. Oregon, 296-294-313-903
5. California, 301-299-306-906
6. UC DAVIS, 303-297-308-908
7. San Jose State, 300-296-316-912
8. Gonzaga, 303-308-915
9. Colorado, 316-305-918
T10. San Francisco, 307-311-313-931
T10. Columbia, 308-302-321-931
12. Long Beach State, 311-318-321-950
13. Washington State, 317-321-322-960

1. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford, 68-70-71-209

3. Beverly Vatananugulkit, 70-71-76-217
T26. Betty Chen, 77-73-77-227
T34. Andrea Wong, 77-78-77-232
T41. Paige Lee, 79-77-79-235
T43. Jessica Chulya, 82-76-78-236