Spring season starts at a familiar location for UC Davis

Feb. 9, 2018

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Battle at the Rock
Host: UC Riverside
Dates: Feb. 12-13, 2018
Course Name: Oak Quarry Golf Course
Course Par/Yardage: 72/6,079

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DAVIS Calif. – Off since the conclusion of the Stanford Intercollegiate back in mid-October, UC Davis is ready to kick-off its spring season, which will take place on Monday at Oak Quarry Golf Course, site of the Battle at the Rock.

UC Riverside, the tournament’s host, is part of a 14-team field that includes five of the Big West Conference’s eight teams: UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton, CSUN and Hawai’i. Also heading to the Inland Empire for this two-day event are Cal State Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Nevada, San Francisco, Stetson and Wyoming.

At No. 89, The Aggies hold the highest Golfweek ranking in the field.

After a tough fall slate, which included three tournaments rated by Golfweek among the top 10 in the nation — Windy City Collegiate Championship, Stanford Invitational and the season-opening Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational — UC Davis is ready to take that collective experience against elite-level competition and apply it towards the team’s chase for another Big West crown.

Since Oak Quarry hosted last season’s league championships, this course is a familiar one for numerous Aggies.

In last year’s event, sophomore Christine Danielsson and junior Samantha Hutchison finished seventh and 10th respectively, the highest among all returning Aggies. Rei Nakatani and Yoonhee Kim, two students-athletes who competed as freshmen during postseason play in ’17, ended their first season of competition at UC Davis in 25th and 27th place that week.

The 2018 Big West Conference Championship will run from April 15-17 at the Strawberry Farms Golf Course in Irvine, Calif.

This is UC Davis’ inaugural appearance at the Battle at the Rock since joining the Big West Conference during the 2007-08 season.

During its fall season, UC Davis recorded another upset over a Power Five school when it defeated Nebraska, 3-2, at the East-West Match Play, and recorded a fifth-place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, hosted by Washington.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley.

The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal, offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.