Ranked Field Awaits No. 38 Aggies at Stanford

Beverly Vatananugulkit
 
Beverly Vatananugulkit
 

Oct. 24, 2013


STANFORD, Calif. - The UC Davis women's golf team, coming off a dominant performance while winning the Hoosier Fall Invitational last weekend, look to keep the momentum going when it opens play on Friday at the ultra-tough Stanford Intercollegiate.

The Aggies, ranked 38th, are part of a 15-team field that features three top-10 teams and nine in the top 25. The tournament features 18 holes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Stanford Golf Course, rated as one of the finest courses in the world.

UC Davis will be joined by UCLA (1), USC (2), Stanford (9), Vanderbilt (11), Pepperdine (12), Washington (19), Northwestern (20), Kentucky (21) and Auburn (24). Also entered are Cal (32), Oregon (33), Oregon State (60), San Jose State (80), Georgia and Washington State. 

"We are coming off a good tournament at the Indiana Hoosier Fall Invitational and we are excited to be competing in this tremendous field," said Aggie coach Anna Temple. "Betty Chen had a great -3 under par total in rough conditions last weekend and Stanford's course really suits her game. 

"Everyone on the team has experience on this course and it will be a good, tough test of golf," she added. "We have improved since our first event in September and we are looking to cap off a long fall season with some good play this weekend."

UC Davis' team, which will be comprised of Beverly Vatananugulkit, Andrea Wong, Jessica Chulya, Paige Lee and Chen, will begin play at 10 a.m. on Friday and will be joined in their groupings by UCLA and Washington.

 

 

Chen won her first collegiate tournament last weekend with her two-shot victory at Indiana. She opened the tournament with a 1-over 72 but then followed with back-to-back rounds of 69. She led four Aggies in the top 15, a group that also included Lee who tied for sixth, Chulya who was 13th and Wong who tied for 14th.

The Aggies have finished among the top six teams in their last four tournaments, including last weekend's win and a runner-up finish at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

Chen (74.1) leads the team in scoring with Lee, just a freshman, tied with Vatananugulkit (75.4) for next-best. Wong (76.1) and Chulya (76.4) are also playing well. 

USC is the defending tournament champion. The Aggies finished 10th in 2012.

The tournament concludes a six-tournament fall season for UC Davis which will break until returning to competition in February for the spring portion of the season.