Vatananugulkit, Chen Pace Aggies at Stanford
Oct. 25, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Beverly Vatananugulkit jumped to 1 under after nine holes and finished with a 70, while teammate Betty Chen was 2 under early en route to a 71, as the pair led the 10th-place UC Davis women's golf team in Friday's first round of the Stanford Intercollegiate.
Vatananugulkit is tied for 11th at 1 under while Chen, who captured last weekend's Hoosier Invitational at Indiana, is tied for 16th. Freshman Paige Lee had a 73 and is tied for 35th, Andrea Wong had a 79 and is tied for 76th, and Jessica Chulya shot 81 and is tied for 82nd.
The 38th-ranked Aggies fired a collective 9-over 293 in the first round as they try to keep pace with a 16-team field loaded with many of the country's top programs. Second-ranked USC is 8 under and opened an early six-shot lead over No. 19 Washington while ninth-ranked Stanford and No. 33 Oregon are 1 under and tied for third.
In all, there are three top-10 teams competing in the 54-hole tournament and 13 ranked in the top 50.
Vatananugulkit bogeyed her first hole - the par-4 10th - but then rattled off three birdies over the next eight holes to help her move a shot under par at her turn. She birdied the par-5 first hole and played that side of the course even as she came in with a 70.
Chen was also strong on the back nine of the Stanford Golf Course, rallying from a bogey on her first hole to pick up birdies on the 13th, 15th and 17th holes to go to 2 under. She was 2 over on her last nine holes.
Lee was 2 over after her front nine but then had back-to-back birdies on a pair of par-3 holes - the third and the fourth - to help bring her back closer to even. She finished with a 73.
Wong had a birdie on the par-4 second and was just 2 over on her last nine holes while Chulya had an early birdie in her round to help highlight her day.
Sophia Popov of USC shot a 5-under 66 and has a two-shot advantage over Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse and Charlotte Thomas of Washington.
UC Davis will begin second-round play at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and will be joined by Auburn and San Jose State.
The tournament concludes on Sunday.
Stanford, Calif. (hosted by Stanford0
Stanford Golf Course
Par 71; 6,130 yards
18 of 54 holes
1. USC, 276
2. Washington, 282
T3. Stanford, 283
T3. Oregon, 283
5. Pepperdine, 285
6. Northwestern, 286
7. UCLA, 288
8. Kentucky, 291
9. Cal, 292
10. UC DAVIS, 293
T11. Auburn, 294
T11. San Jose State, 294
13. Vanderbilt, 296
14. Washington State, 301
T15. Georgia, 304
T15. Oregon State, 304
1. Sophia Popov, USC, 66
T11. Beverly Vatananugulkit, 70
T16. Betty Chen, 71
T35. Paige Lee, 73
T76. Andrea Wong, 79
T82. Jessica Chulya, 81