Feb. 15, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The 10th-ranked UC Davis women's golf team will begin the spring portion of its 2012-13 season where it ended the fall - at Stanford - as the Aggies open play on Saturday at the Peg Barnard Invitational.
The Aggies, who enjoyed three runner-up finishes and a fourth-place showing in five fall tournaments, will tee off in the 13-team tournament at 10:30 a.m. UC Davis' lineup will be comprised of seniors Demi Runas and Amy Simanton, sophomores Beverly Vatananugulkit abd Blair Lewis, and freshman Betty Chen.
Teams will play 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday with the four lowest individual scores for each team counting toward each school's daily team score. UC Davis will play with Washington and Stanford in the first round.
UC Davis is the second-highest ranked team in the tournament, trailing only No. 2 Washington. Other schools entered include No. 18 Stanford, No. 47 Cal, No. 67 San Jose State, No. 72 New Mexico, No. 84 Oregon State and No. 91 Fresno State. Also competing will be Boston College, Nevada, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Rollins, the second-ranked team in Div. II.
The Aggies finished their five-tournament fall season at the Stanford Intercollegiate in mid-October, placing 10th. It was their lowest finish of the season but was highlighted with a tie for 21st by Runas who had a 2-under 69 in the final round to finish 5 over for the event.
The rest of the fall was strong for UC Davis which took second at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at New Mexico, the Golfweek Conference Challenge, and the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Washington. The Aggies took fourth at Northwestern's Windy City Collegiate.
Runas led the way for UC Davis in the fall, averaging 72.3 strokes over 15 rounds. Simanton was close behind at 73.1, Vatananugulkit averaged 74.8, Chen was at 76.5 and Lewis at 78.7 with the latter two players competing in just six rounds.
The tournament starts a five-event spring season prior to the Big West Championship where UC Davis is three-time defending champion. UC Davis will bea t the Cal Classic on Feb. 25-26 for its next competition.