Aug 19, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - The four-time Big West Conference champion UC Davis women's golf team will once again face a challenging schedule beginning next month as the Aggies look to return to the NCAA postseason for the sixth time.
UC Davis, which returns three starters and five players overall from last season's team that finished 16th at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., will play six tournaments during the fall and five during the spring before defending their Big West title in April.
"Our schedule is very competitive and sees us playing against the best teams in the country," said second-year coach Anna Temple. "We have a few tough road trips with back-to-back events in New Mexico and Colorado and a great trip to Indiana that will prepare us for traveling in the postseason."
UC Davis will open the season on Sept. 9-10, returning to the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic at Colorado State for the first time since winning the team title by two shots over Colorado in 2011. The Aggies will head to New Mexico for the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational (Sept. 20-21), facing a challenging course at the University of New Mexico where they tied for second a year ago.
A unique tournament, the Golfweek Conference Challenge, awaits UC Davis in Vail, Colo., on Sept. 23-25. The tournament brings together representatives from 18 different conferences. This marks the fourth straight season the Aggies, who were runner-ups in 2012, have represented the Big West.
Two of the remaining three fall tournaments are also familiar territory for UC Davis. The Aggies will take part in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (Oct. 8-9) at the University of Washington while the Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 25-27) concludes the opening half of the season. In between those two events is an inaugural trip to the Hoosier Fall Invitational (Oct. 19-20) at the University of Indiana.
A nearly four-month break leads to the spring portion of the schedule which opens where the fall ended - at Stanford. UC Davis will play in the Peg Barnard Invitational (Feb. 15-16). The Aggies faced a highly competitive field at last year's tournament, finishing third at the tough Stanford Golf Course.
UC Davis adds the UC Irvine Invitational (Feb. 25-26) for the first time, returns to the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational at San Jose State (Mar. 3-4) and then faces tough tournaments at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic (Mar. 24-26) at Hawai'i and the elite PING/ASU Invitational at Arizona State (Apr. 4-6).
The Big West Championship, which UC Davis dominated last spring for a 29-stroke win, will once again be held at San Luis Obispo. A quartet of Aggies, including Big West Freshman of the Year Andrea Wong who was second and 2012 Freshman of the Year Beverly Vatananugulkit who took third, finished in the top four individual spots.
Besides winning the conference title, UC Davis finished second three times and had eight top-five finishes in 2012-13. The Aggies, who finished ranked 17th by Golfstat, are looking to return to the NCAA Regionals for the sixth time since turning Div. I.
"We are very excited about the upcoming 2013-14 season," Temple said. "Not only do we have five great returners who were part of an amazing team last year, but we also have a great player joining the team in (freshman) Paige Lee.
Wong and Vatananugulkit will be joined by three other returners. Sophomore Betty Chen, who was the team's top finisher at both the NCAA Regional and NCAA Finals, is back along with junior Blair Lewis and senior Jessica Chulya.
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