UC Davis delivers defining title in Hawaii
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Four teams from California finished 1-2-3-4 Wednesday at the Turtle Bay Resort College Invitational, including top-ranked UCLA, No. 8 USC and No. 10 Cal.
The winner, UC Davis.
“This really shows that we will be competing each week and that we’re one of the best teams on the west coast,” said head coach Anne Walker, of probably the program’s biggest win since it started in 2005.
The Aggies, who entered the tournament No. 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, beat UCLA by nine shots, opening with a tournament-best 7-under 281 and closing in 297 for a 4-over 868 total.
UCLA shot a final-round 296 to finish at 13-over 877. USC shot 298 for an 897 total; Cal shot 306 to finish at 883.
Leading UC Davis was freshman Amy Simanton who closed in 4-under 68, the only under-par final round. Simanton, of Lake Oswego, Ore., finished with a 3-under 213 total, in a tie for second with San Jose State’s Cristina Corpus, five shots back of winner Lizette Salas of USC.
Salas picked up her third career victory after recovering from a back injury she suffered at the end of last season, also giving the Trojans their third individual winner of the fall, following sophomore Jennifer Song’s victories at both the Mason Rudolph Championship and the Stanford Intercollegiate.
Song, the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur and Publinks champ, played this weekend in the LPGA’s Hana Bank Kolon Championship in South Korea, where she tied for 65th. USC was also without senior Belen Mozo because of injury.
UC Davis placed three players in the top 10, including Simanton and fellow true freshman Demi Runas, who tied for 10th at 2-over 218. Junior Alice Kim, the first-day leader after shooting a 5-under 67, tied for seventh at 1-over 217. Junior Chelsea Stelzmiller tied for 35th at 13 over, while senior Kimberly Johnson tied for 42nd at 15 over.
“I believed all fall we were a top-25 team,” said Walker. “I told the team (before the round) we’ve been here before. We have to take what we’ve learned and apply it.”
Last year, the Aggies finished in a tie for second at the Big West Conference Championship, one shot back of Long Beach State, and missed out on regional play.
– Information from UC Davis was used in this report