Aggie women kick off Big West tourney Sunday

April 22, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - The chase to return the Big West Conference women's golf trophy to UC Davis begins early Sunday morning, as the Aggies tee off at 7:30 a.m. on the Oak Quarry Golf Club in Riverside. The Aggies won six straight titles from 2010 through 2015, but slipped behind UC Riverside and Cal Poly last season.

Head coach Anna Temple will field the same lineup that she has throughout the spring: senior Paige Lee, sophomore Samantha Hutchison, and the freshman trio of Yoonhee Kim, Christine Danielsson and Rei Nakatani.

Lee is the last remaining Aggie from the conference-champion squad in 2015, the year she captured Big West Player of the Year and the second of what has since become three straight first-team all-league nods. The Granite Bay High School alum has all three of the Aggies' top-10 individual finishes of the 2016-17 season, including a tie for fifth at the Golfweek Challenge back in September. Lee leads the team in stroke average at 73.75

Hutchison ranks third on the UC Davis stat sheet with a 75.57 average, but enjoyed a hot streak in March with a 72 at the Meadow Club Intercollegiate followed by back-to-back 73 rounds at Hawaii's Anuenue Spring Break Classic. The San Jose, California, native also fired a season-best 70 to close out the Westbrook Spring Invite at the end of February.

Kim and Nakatani have played in all nine tournaments in their rookie seasons as Aggies. Kim, originally from San Ramon, California, led the team in stroke average during the fall and still ranks second at 75.21. She also boasts the team's best round, both overall and to par, with her 5-under 67 at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire in September. Nakatani, a product of Tokyo, Japan, showed her ability to finish strong at both the Westbrook and Meadow Club events. She closed out with rounds of 74 and 72 in those two tournaments, respectively.

Danielsson, yet another international Aggie hailing from Paris, France, enjoyed a season-best 74 to open the Meadow Club tourney on March 6. She also carded rounds of 75 during the spring season, helping solidify that fifth slot of Temple's lineup.

Eight teams will vie for the team title on Oak Quarry GC's par-72, 6150-yard course. The tourney runs Sunday through Tuesday for three total rounds.