Oct. 7, 2013
SAMMAMISH, Wash. - Coming off a season-best second-place finish at the Golfweek Conference Challenge two weeks ago, the No. 36 UC Davis women's golf team will try to keep the momentum going when it opens play on Tuesday at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington.
The 54-hole tournament, which will feature 36 holes on Tuesday and 18 more on Wednesday, is being played at Sahalee Country Club, site of the 1998 PGA Championship which was one by Vijay Singh. The course will measure 6,039 yards and play to a par-72 for this week's tournament.
Thirteen teams are entered in the tournament, including the No. 1-ranked Huskies. Eleventh-ranked Stanford, No. 17 California, No. 29 Central Florida and No. 32 Oregon will headline some of the top teams in the field, a group that also includes No. 36 UC Davis. Colorado, Columbia, Gonzaga, Long Beach State, San Francisco, San Jose State and Washington State are also entered.
The Aggies will use the same quintet they used to finish second at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Freshman Paige Lee, who finished fourth in that event, will be joined by sophomore Betty Chen, who was 12th, along with senior Jessica Chulya, junior Beverly Vatananugulkit and sophomore Andrea Wong.
An 8 a.m. shotgun start will begin the first two rounds of play. UC Davis will play with Oregon as well as individual competitors from Washington.
The Aggies are returning to the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational for the second straight year after finishing second to the Huskies in 2012. Wong finished tied for 11th and Vatananugulkit tied for 16th at 8 over and 12 over, respectively.
Chen leads the Aggies with a 74.9 average while Lee is second at 75.4. Vatananugulkit (76.0), Chulya (76.5) and Wong (76.6) are also playing well for UC Davis which has a pair of top-five finishes in its first three events.
The tournament is the first of three this month for the Aggies which will also play at Indiana (Oct. 19-20) and Stanford (Oct. 25-27) to complete the fall schedule.