Sept. 30, 2012
GOLF, Ill. - Coming off a pair of strong second-place finishes in its first two tournaments, the UC Davis women's golf team tries to continue its strong start to the 2012-13 season when the Aggies travel to the midwest for the Windy City Collegiate Classic, hosted by Northwestern at Glen View Golf Club.
UC Davis is making its second consecutive appearance at the tournament after placing sixth last year. Fifteen teams are taking part in this year's event, including the top four 2011 finishers - defending champion Oklahoma State, Arizona, Ohio State and TCU. Iowa State, Kent State, Notre Dame, Colorado, Texas Tech, UCF, UNC-Wilimington, Washington and Wisconsin will also join the host Wildcats for the 54-hole tournament.
Competition begins with 36 holes on Monday followed by 18 holes on Tuesday. The Aggies, who will be represented by freshmen Betty Chen and Andrea Wong, along with sophomore Beverly Vatananugulkit and seniors Amy Simanton and Demi Runas, will begin teeing off at 6:15 a.m. (Central) and are playing with Northwestern and Iowa in their playing groups.
Chen, a four-year individual Hayward Area Athletic League individual champion at Castro Valley High School, is making her Aggie debut at this year's tournament while the other four Aggies are playing in their third event of the year.
UC Davis has enjoyed an impressive start to the year, grabbing back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at New Mexico and also at the Golfweek Conference Challenge last week in Vail, Colo. The Aggies have had top-five individual finishes in each tournament, marked by Runas' medalist honors in Colorado where she posted a 7-under 209. Simanton tied for fourth with a 1-under performance to lead UC Davis at New Mexico.
Simanton tied for ninth at last year's Windy City Collegiate, shooting a 2-under 70 in the final around, while Runas tied for 21st. Oklahoma State won the tournament by a stroke over Arizona while Ohio State was just two shots off the pace.
So far this season, Runas has a team-best 71.7 average while Simanton is close behind at 72.3 and Wong is at 73.3
This week's tournament continues a busy fall season for UC Davis which will play tournaments at Washington and Stanford in October before taking a break until the spring portion of their season starts in February.