June 20, 2012
NESHANIC STATION, N.J. - UC Davis junior and two-time Big West Conference Player of the Year Demi Runas advanced to the round of 32 during the match-play segment of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, held at the par-72, 6,221-yard Neshanic Valley Golf Course. Runas, who defeated Missouri State senior Catherine Dolan in the opening-round match, will face Kim Kaufman on Thursday morning.
The Torrance, Calif. native defeated Dolan 2 and 1 in her match against Dolan. Runas birdied the first hole to claim an immediate lead, improved to 3-up at the turn. Dolan, an All-Missouri Valley Conference honoree, closed the gap to a one-hole deficit after the 11th but suffered three straight bogeys to allow Runas to reclaim a 3-hole lead through 14. Runas parred the 15th and 16th to go dormie 2, then both players shot par in the 179-yard 17th hole to end the match.
Runas previously finished in a four-way tie for ninth during the two-round stroke play earlier in the tournament. She fired a 2-under 70 in the first round before finishing with an even-par 72 in the second. Runas was the only Aggie to qualify for the 64-person match play. Sophomore Jessica Chulya and freshman Blair Lewis missed the cut, finishing T86th (8-over-par 152) and T110st (11-over-par 155), respectively.
Runas' second-round opponent, Kim Kaufman, defeated Alice Hen by a similar 2-and-1 outcome. Kaufman and teammate Gabby Dominguez became the first All-Americans in Texas Tech history earlier this spring. Dolan, Runas' victim in the first round, had garnered her share of fan and media interest during this year's tournament. She had now fiancé Nicklaus Benton at the 2011 WAPL Championship in Bandon, Ore. Benton served as Dolan's caddie during this year's event.
Match play continues through Saturday. Runas is seeded 10th in the draw, based on the results in stroke play.
In other action related to UC Davis women's golf, fall National Letter of Intent signee Andrea Wong edged Tiffany Lim for the eighth-annual NCGA Women's Amateur Championship at Spyglass Hill on Tuesday. A graduate of Saint Ignatius High School, Wong shot an 72 at Poppy Hills in the first round, then compiled a 1-over 73 on the Spyglass Hill course to surpass the field in the second round.
Wong was one of three prospects to commit to NLIs during the fall 2011 signing period.