Samantha Hutchison named Big West Golfer of the Month

March 1, 2018

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IRVINE, Calif. - Thanks to an outstanding individual finish in UC Davis’ first two spring tournaments, junior sociology major Samantha Hutchison is February’s Big West Women's Golfer of the Month, as announced by league officials on Thursday.

This is the first Golfer of the Month honor earned by the San Jose native as an Aggie, and one that is well deserved after winning her first individual championship at the Battle at the Rock, which kicked off her team’s spring slate.

By finishing first in this tournament, Hutchison helped UC Davis win a team title as well.

Starting with that event, Hutchison shot par or lower in all six rounds played last month. After posting a career best 69 at the Battle at the Rock, she recorded scores of 69 and a new career-best 68 two weeks later at the Westbrook Invitational.

These are the first sub-70 scores of Hutchison’s career, all earned within a 16-day timespan. 

After leading a field of 81 participants at the Battle at the Rock with her 5-under 211, she followed with a 7-under 209 and finished sixth in Arizona. Both were team-low individual scores.

UC Davis will return to action on Monday at the Meadow Club Women’s Collegiate, co-hosted by San Francisco and San José State at the Meadow Club in Fairfax. The 16-team field will play 36 holes on Monday, followed by the final 18 on Tuesday, weather permitting. 

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