March 22, 2013
The high-caliber 18-team tournament, hosted by the University of Hawai'i, is one of the top collegiate tournaments this spring featuring eight teams in the top 50, including five ranked among the top 20.
Tenth-ranked Washington headlines the field which also includes No. 11 UCLA, No. 12 Stanford, No. 13 UC Davis and No. 17 Arizona State. Other highly ranked teams include Pepperdine (31), Denver (34) and Oregon (39).
San Jose State (55), Tulsa (63), Oregon State (69), Colorado (78), Fresno State (83), Nevada (88), Portland State (118) and Hawaii (156) round out the rest of the Div. I teams while Hawaii-Hilo, ranked 40th in Div. II, and Osaka Gakuin University of Japan will also be participating
Teams will play 18 holes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday beginning at 10:45 a.m. (PDT) each day.The Kapalua Bay Course will play to a par 72 and measure 6,036 yards.
The tournament is the second-to-last one of the regular season for the Aggies, who will play at the PING/Arizona State Invitational on Apr. 12-14 before looking to win the Big West Championship for the fourth straight year when that event takes place in San Luis Obispo beginning Apr. 21.
UC Davis will look to three of the five players it used to finish fifth at the Juli Inkster/Spartan Invitational in early March in San Jose. Senior Demi Runas, ranked 14th by Golfstat, and 75th-ranked Amy Simanton will be joined by junior Jessica Chulya, and sophomores Beverly Vatananugulkit and Blair Lewis. It's the same quintet that captured the conference title last season.
Runas has a team-best 72.3 stroke average through her 20 rounds this season with nine rounds at par or below. She's also posted four top-five finishes. Simanton, who along with Runas has played every round, is averaging 74.1 strokes and is second on the team with six rounds at par or better.
The Aggies have enjoyed another standout year, hovering around and inside Golfstat's top 10 for most of the season while posting six top-five finishes in seven tournaments including a trio of runner-up performances.
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