Oct. 17, 2007
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- UC Davis freshman Chelsea Stelzmiller fired a 1-under-par 71 during Wednesday's final round of the Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegjate at New Mexico State to claim medalist honors at 3 over, while teammate Bryana Gregory finished just one shot back in second as the pair helped lead the Aggie women's golf team to a third-place finish.
The Aggies, who were tied for sixth place heading into the final round at the par-72, 6,319-yard New Mexico State Golf Course shot a team score of 11-over 299 - the third-best posting of the day - to move back to the top part of the leaderboard at the 16-team, three-day event.
Oklahoma scored a tournament-best 297 in Wednesday's final round to jump from fifth place to first and win the team title at 38-over 903. Idaho was second at 906 followed by the Aggies who finished at 907. Kansas, North Carolina State and Michigan were tied for fourth, just one stroke behind UC Davis.
The tournament proved to be memorable for the top two Aggie finishers who gave the UC Davis program - beginning just its third year of existence this season - its first-ever 1-2 individual finish in a tournament. It was especially momentous for Stelzmiller, a true freshman from nearby Union Mine High School in Placerville, who was participating in just her second event. Stelzimiller, had rounds of 74 on each of the first two days to position herself into eighth place going into the final 18 holes.
She jumped to the winning position, however, after firing a 71 during a windy final round to conclude a 3-over 219. Her 1-under score, which featured six birdies, was tied with Pamela Ontiveros of Oral Roberts for the best round of the day.
"She played really well, she was solid," said Aggie coach Kathy DeYoung.
Stelzmiller is the Aggies' first individual winner since the 2005 season.
Gregory continued her standout career with UC Davis, carding her 10th top-5 finish and her 12th in the top 10. She also finished among the the top three places for the second time in three events this season. Gregory had sole possession of second place after shooting a 2-under 70 on Monday and a 75 yesterday before firing a 75 on Wednesday to score a 4-over 220 for the tournament.
Freshman Alice Kim, making her Aggie debut, had her best round of the tournament when she posted a 75, tying for 38th at 17-over 233. Sydney Roughton had a 78 and tied for 51st while Eryn Williams finished in 81st after shooting 82.
Besides Oklahoma, Oral Roberts (298) and UC Davis, no other teams broke 300 on the final day and only two others did during the first two rounds. DeYoung credited the team for making a strong finish.
"Everybody that was in front of us (in the standings) was ranked ahead of us so we could only help ourselves," she said of her team's focus heading into the last day.
Among the ranked teams the Aggies finished in front were 22nd-ranked North Carolina State, No. 45 Missouri and No. 49 Baylor.
The Aggies will return to action in three weeks when they participate in the University of San Francisco Invitational on Nov. 5 and 6.
PRICE'S GIVE 'EM FIVE INVITATIONAL
Las Cruces, N.M. (Hosted by New Mexico State)
NMSU Golf Course
par 72, 6,319 yards
1. Oklahoma, 300-305-297-902
2. Idaho, 302-301-303-906
3. UC Davis, 300-308-299-907
T4. Kanas, 302-302-304-908
T4. North Carolina State, 303-302-304-908
T4. Michigan, 302-301-305-908
7. Missouri, 298-310-305-913
8. Oral Roberts, 310-306-298-914
T9. Texas State, 308-311-301-920
T9. Baylor, 304-304-312-920
T11. South Alabama, 304-317-310-931
T11.New Mexico State, 310-312-309-931
13. North Texas, 307-308-319-934
14. Gonzaga, 316-310-317-943
15. Samford, 313-312-322-945
16. UTEP, 319-318-322-959.
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (Winner plus UCD)
1. Chelsea Stelzmiller, 74-74-71-219
2. Bryana Gregory, 70-75-75-220
T38. Alice Kim, 82-76-75-233
T51. Sydney Roughton, 75-83-78-236
81. Eryn Williams, 81-85-82-248