Aggies stay nearby at Napa Silverado Showdown

April 6, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - Although no home event appears on the 2016-17 schedule for UC Davis women’s golf, the closest tournament – at least from a geographical standpoint – now sits next on the team’s to-do list. The Aggies head to the 18-team Silverado Showdown, hosted jointly by California and Colorado at the Silverado Country Club in Napa.

This marks the fourth Northern California-based tourney for road-tested UC Davis, which competed twice at Stanford and once at the Fairfax Meadow Club this season. However, while the course is familiar and commute is manageable, the tournament field is more than daunting: no fewer than nine teams rate in the Top 50 in the collegiate rankings at both Golfstat and Golfweek.

Leading the pack are No. 3 Stanford and No. 6 UCLA, with No. 13 Northwestern, No. 28 California, No. 33 Colorado, No. 35 Pepperdine, No. 39 San Jose State and No. 48 Oregon further strengthening the field. Two Big West Conference rivals, namely Hawai’i and Long Beach State, will battle for spots on the team leaderboard; as will East Carolina, Gonzaga, Iowa State, San Francisco, Texas Tech and Washington State.

Head coach Anna Temple fields the same lineup that has served her in six previous events. Senior Paige Lee, coming off 2-under-par 70 final round and a t6th finish at Hawaii’s Anuenue Classic, leads UC Davis with six rounds under par and a 73.90 average. Sophomore Samantha Hutchison tied for the team’s low round for 54 straight holes spanning the Meadow Club and Anuenue tournaments. 

A trio of freshmen, Christine Danielsson, Rei Nakatani and Yoonhee Kim, composes the rest of the Aggie delegation. Danielsson fired her season-best round of 74 to open the Meadow Club. Nakatani tied for the team’s low round of 72 to close out that tournament back on March 7. Kim struggled in Hawaii at the end of March, but she has led UC Davis in four tournaments and owns the team’s second-best stroke average of 74.90. She also boasts the team’s best round of the year, her 5-under 67 at the Dick McGuire Invitational back in September.

The par-72 Silverado Country Club, perhaps best known as a long-time PGA Tour Q-school site and now the venue for the Safeway Open each fall, covers 6,253 yards. The Showdown will consists of 18 holes for each of three days. This is UC Davis’ final competition before heading to the Big West Conference Championship, held at UC Riverside from Apr. 23-25.

The Silverado Showdown will have live stats via Golfstat: