Aggies head to Irvine for Big West Championship

April 14, 2018

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Big West Women’s Golf Championship
Host: UC Irvine
Dates: April 15-17, 2018
Course Name: Strawberry Farms Golf Club (Irvine, Calif.)
Course Par/Yardage: 71/6,022

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UC Davis' Lineup
Christine Danielsson
Samantha Hutchison
Rei Nakatani
Hannah Sun
Madison Wood

NOTE: UC Davis women’s golf will provide a unique perspective of this year’s conference championship, like no other competing school, by participating in another Snapchat Takeover. As was the case earlier this season before competing at the Meadow Club Women’s Collegiate, the Aggies will share behind-the-scenes access, footage, and experiences as they battle for the program’s seventh league crown.

Access the University’s Snapchat account (@UCDavisOfficial) to view this unique playoff takeover featuring the women’s golf team.

DAVIS, Calif. - What started last September at New Mexico in UC Davis’ season opener, and continued throughout the spring, will culminate this weekend when UC Davis heads to Orange County to compete for another Big West Conference championship.

All eight league teams will head to the Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, Calif., for this three-day, 54-hole tournament with the Aggies entering as the tournament’s No. 2 team. Beginning Sunday, three 18-hole rounds will take place on this par 71, 6,038-yard course.

As the top two teams in this year’s field, Long Beach State and UC Davis are the first teams to tee off, and will do so at 8:30 a.m. Cal Poly, the defending champion and this year’s No. 4 seed, will join tournament host UC Irvine for their 9:15 a.m. start. UC Riverside (No. 6), Cal State Fullerton (No. 7) and CSUN (No. 8) will hit the course at 10 a.m.

Cal State Fullerton’s Martina Edberg captured last year’s individual title.

Christine Danielsson, Samantha Hutchison, Rei Nakatani, Hannah Sun and Madison Wood will represent the Aggies this weekend as they look to capture the program’s seventh title, and first since the 2015 season.

The Aggies will return to action after finishing third two weeks ago at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic, an event that featured all but one league team as part of its field and ended with UC Davis collecting its third top-5 result of the season. At the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, hosted by Washington, they finished 5th; at the Battle at the Rock, the Aggies collected team and individual titles.

At the Spring Break Classic, Wood finished sixth with a 4-over individual score and a career-low 72, carded in the event's second round. The first-year Aggie played like a savvy veteran that week; she was one of four UC Davis players who finished with top 10 individual results — something none of the other 12 participating teams accomplished.

Highlighted by her individual title at the Battle at the Rock, Hutchison will head to Irvine with a league-low 73.1 stroke average. In addition to her championship, she also posted top 10 finishes in her last two tournaments, seven rounds of par or better in the last 11 played and three sub-70 rounds during spring action.

Danielsson, who holds three top 10 finishes of her own this season, was one of the rare individuals to break par at Hawai’i when she recorded a 68 in the second round. That, in addition to her 4-under finish at the Westbrook Spring Invitational thanks to three consecutive rounds under par, is another reason why the Aggies head to Strawberry Farms G.C. as the league’s second seed.

As one continues down the Aggies’ lineup, it remains just as formidable with Sun and Nakatani coming off strong performances at Hawai’i.

Known for her strong finishes — she carded a career-low 69 in the final round of the Westbrook Spring Invitational, trimmed five strokes off her previous round’s score for the second time that week and shot par on 12 holes in a row — Sun shot 1-over in her final round on the islands to finish 18th.

Nakatani enters the Championships with momentum thanks to the way she finished in her last appearance. At the Spring Break Classic, she was the only golfer in the 69-player field to break 70 in the final round; her 69 was a seven shot improvement from the previous day.

The winning team at the Big West Championship will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I women’s golf regionals which will take place at the following locations, from May 7-9: Stanford, Calif., Tallahassee, Fla., Austin, Tex., and Madison, Wisc. The 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships is slated for May 17-23 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. 

Since the 2005-06 season, its first as an intercollegiate program at UC Davis, women’s golf quickly earned a reputation as one of the most successful teams in the Big West Conference. In addition to its six NCAA Championship appearances as a team or individual, the Aggies advanced to the NCAA Regionals every year since 2008.

In its brief history at the Division I level, the program won six Big West championships and boasts an honor roll that ranks among the best in the nation with four All-American scholars, three All-Americans, six Big West Players of the Year and five Big West Freshmen of the Year.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley.

The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal, offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.