March 2, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Coming off an impressive second-place this week at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational at San Jose State, the UC Davis women's golf team received further good news on Wednesday by being ranked 18th by Golfstat, placing it higher among the nation's elite programs.
The defending Big West Conference champions were ranked 22nd heading into this week's event in San Jose but only finished behind ninth-ranked Cal while beating three other teams ranked in the top 35.
"Earning a ranking inside the top 20 has been our goal all season," said Aggie coach Anne Walker. "After finishing the fall ranked 26th, we were motivated to work harder, focus more and strive for our goal this spring. The team looks as good as it's ever looked."
"This national recognition is also important for our program because it establishes UC Davis as a national contender and puts us further on the map when it comes to women's golf," she added.
UC Davis is in just its fourth year of NCAA Division I competition but has been represented at the NCAA Regionals each year, made an improbable run to the NCAA Finals during its inaugural year in 2008, and received All-America recognition when senior Alice Kim earned honorable mention accolades as a sophomore.
Alabama holds down the top spot in Golfstat's rankings and is followed by USC, UCLA, Duke and LSU in the top five.
UC Davis will return to action next Monday when it looks to defend its 2010 title at the Fresno State Lexus Classic.
(as of Mar. 2)
10. Arizona State
11. Iowa State
14. North Carolina
15. Michigan State
18. UC DAVIS
19. Notre Dame
21. Wake Forest