Oct. 18, 2012
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DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's golf team will conclude the fall portion of its 2012-13 season this weekend at the loaded Stanford Intercollegiate, armed with a No. 4 national ranking by Golfstat and a top-10 player ranking by Golfweek for senior Demi Runas.
The tournament, which will feature 18 holes each day from Friday through Sunday, will be contested at the par-71, 6,130-yard Stanford Golf Course.
The 17-team field will be the most competitive of the fall for UC Davis which will square off against five other teams ranked in the top 10 by Golfstat, four more in the top 20, and five others ranked among the top 50.
Included are top-ranked Arizona, No. 2 Washington. No. 3 USC, No. 7 Arizona State and No. 8 Texas. Also competing are Georgia (11), Vanderbilt (13), Oklahoma State (15), Pepperdine (19), Stanford (32), Oregon (40), Cal (44), UCLA (45), Harvard (47), San Jose State (70) and Oregon State (72).
UC Davis has been steadily rising the national rankings this fall, buoyed by three runner-up finishes and a fourth-place showing in its four tournaments so far. The Aggies peaked at No. 3 last week and have been impressive in reaching new heights for the program.
Besides its team ranking, seniors Demi Runas and Amy Simanton continue to place themselves among the elite collegiate golfers as well. Runas, who won the Golfweek Conference Challenge in September and was subsequently named the Big West Golfer of the Month, is ranked No. 9 by Golfweek while Simanton is No. 34. Simanton has a trio of top-10 finishes so far, including two fourth-place performances.
All of its makes for an exciting conclusion to the fall, according to first-year coach Anna Temple.
"We have been working really hard and are excited to get out there and compete," she said. "This is a very exciting time for our program and we hope to have many Aggie fans make the trip to watch us play.
"The key to our success has been our depth," she added. "We have played with three different lineups. Our team has eight players who are playing great and extremely competitive golf every time they tee it up."
Runas and Simanton have played each event this fall along with freshman Andrea Wong and sophomore Beverly Vatananugulkit. The senior duo have both shot in the 60's this year; Runas with a 67 at the Golfweek Conference Challlenge, and Simanton with a 68 at the Windy City Collegite.
Wong has added four rounds below par while Vatanangulkit, last year's Big West Freshman of the Year, has one. The fifth spot in the lineup has been filled by sophomore Blair Lewis, and freshmen Betty Chen and Raegan Bremer.
Runas has a team-best 72.3 average while Simanton is close behind at 73.1.
This weekend's tournament, hosted by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will have tee times the first two rounds and then a shotgun start on Sunday. UC Davis will play with Georgia and USC on Friday, beginning at 9:15 a.m.
Runas, Simanton, Vatananugulkit, Wong and Chen will comprise the Aggie lineup.
Following this weekend, UC Davis will be off until resuming competition in February at the Peg Barnard Invitational, also at Stanford.
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