Sept. 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The UC Davis women's golf team will have a busy six-day stretch before classes begin next week, playing in tournaments in New Mexico and Colorado during that span as the fall season kicks into high gear.
The Aggies, who opened the year at the Ptmarigan Ram Fall Classic last week, are in Albuquerque, N.M., today and Saturday for the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational. They'll then make the trek to Vail, Colo., for the Golfweek Conference Challenge which runs from Monday through Tuesday.
Both tournaments will provide tough competition and courses for the Aggies. The weekend's event at New Mexico is being played at the UNM Championship Course and features 36 holes on Friday and 18 more on Saturday. UC Davis will be trying for a similar finish at this year's tournament to what it enjoyed last season when it opened the year with a tie for second-place just one shot back of winner Iowa State.
Senior Jessica Chulya, junior Beverly Vatananugulkit, sophomores Andrea Wong and Betty Chen, and freshman Paige Lee comprise UC Davis' quintet for New Mexico. Vatananugulkit tied for 30th at this season's opener at Colorado State while Wong tied for 33rd. The Aggies were 11th in the team standings.
Fifteen teams are entered, a group including Colorado, Fresno State, Iowa, Iowa State, Nevada, UNLV, Northwestern, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Texas Tech, UTEP and Wyoming, in addition to the Aggies and host Lobos.
The Golfweek Conference Challenge is a unique event which brings together 18 teams from 18 different conferences for a three-day, 54-hole challenge. This season marks the fourth consecutive year the Aggie have represented the Big West. UC Davis has finished second each of the past two seasons with graduated senior Demi Runas adding medalist honors in 2012.
The tournament, which will have a shotgun start each day, will also feature Ball State, Boston College Central Arkansas, Denver, East Tennessee State, Florida International, Harvard, Illinois State, Indiana, James Madison, Morehead State, Northern Arizona, Pepperdine, San Jose State, SMU, TCU, Univ. of Arkansas-Little Rock and UC Davis.
The Aggie will take a break following next week's tournament before traveling to the University of Washington for the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.