Feb. 13, 2014
STANFORD, Calif. - After three months away from competition, the No. 37 UC Davis women's golf team will open its spring season this weekend where it ended the fall - on Stanford Golf Course.
UC Davis will take part in the 36-hole Peg Barnard Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, returning to the same course where it played the Stanford Intercollegiate in October. Teams will play 18 holes each day with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on both days. The Aggies will play with UNLV and Big West Conference rival UC Irvine in the first round.
Fourteen teams are entered at the Peg Barnard Invitational, including No. 9 Stanford, No. 16 Oregon and No. 28 Cal. Also competing are Colorado, Denver, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Francisco and San Jose State.
UC Davis finished 12th at the Stanford Intercollegiate but enjoyed top-six finishes in four of its other five fall tournaments including a first-place showing at the Indiana Hoosier Fall Invitational and a runner-up performance at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
This weekend's competition kicks off a busy five-tournament spring season that will also take the Aggies to UC Irvine, San Jose State, Hawaii and Arizona State before they try for their fifth consecutive Big West championship in April in San Luis Obispo.
Sophomore Betty Chen, medalist at Indiana and the Big West Golfer of the Month for October, leads UC Davis with a 73.8 average, just ahead of junior Beverly Vatananugulkit (74.8) and freshman Paige Lee (75.3).
The Peg Barnard Invitational is in its 19th year. Stanford is the defending champion and has won the tournament seven times overall.
Hutchison, Danielsson finish
first day at 3-under