March 23, 2014
KAPALUA, Hawaii - With a three-week break behind it, including time to take final exams last week, the No. 37 UC Davis women's golf team will return to competition when it takes part in the Anuenue Spring Break Classic, hosted by the University of Hawaii at the Bay Course.
The Aggies participated in a practice round on Sunday and will tee off the first of the tournament's three rounds on Monday. The shotgun start takes place at 10:45 a.m. (PDT). UC Davis will play with Big West Conference rival Cal Poly, Fresno State and San Jose State.
Four teams in Golfstat's top 50 are entered in the 15-team event. Tenth-ranked Washington headlines the quartet which also includes No. 15 Pepperdine, UC Davis and No. 49 Colorado. Other teams entered include Long Beach State, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon State, Santa Clara, Seattle and UC Riverside in addition to host Hawaii.
Freshman Paige Lee, sophomores Andrea Wong and Betty Chen, and junior Blair Lewis were part of the Aggie team that finished second in their last event in early March - the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational at San Jose State. They'll be joined this week by junior Beverly Vatananugulkit.
UC Davis, four-time defending Big West champion, has enjoyed a strong start to the spring season, posting a pair of runner-up finishes at Stanford and San Jose State, and a sixth-place showing at the UC Irvine Invitational.
Chen has a 73.5 scoring average to pace the Aggies while Lee (74.9) is close behind. Chen has a shot a team-best 69 in five rounds this season while UC Davis, as a team, has 13 rounds under par.
The 54-hole tournament continues with rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Aggies were seventh at last year's event.