Women's spring preview: WAC
During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the 2014 spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the WAC:
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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Top of the class: Idaho
• Player to watch: Charlotte Jaengkit, Grand Canyon. At 284th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, the junior is a major boost to Grand Canyon’s conference title chances.
• Freshman to watch: Amy Hasenoehrl, Idaho. The newcomer will be a vital piece to the Aggies spring lineup, likely slotting into the fourth spot.
• Conference championship: April 25-27, Longbow GC, Mesa, Ariz.
• Past champions (since 2009): Denver (2013), San Jose State (2010-12)
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(Golfweek/Sagarin rank in parentheses)
- Idaho (102): Led by juniors Leilanie Kim and Kaitlyn Oster, the Vandals were sixth or better in three of their five fall starts. And despite last-place finishes at the Minnesota Invitational and Las Vegas Collegiate, Idaho challenged itself more than any other WAC team in the fall.
- New Mexico State (129): The Aggies had two finishes of third or better in four fall starts, but were also 10th at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational, an event that Idaho tied for fifth at. New Mexico State did have three individuals notch top 10s, including sisters Viviana Macias, a sophomore, and Valeria Macias, a freshman.
- Grand Canyon (153): The Antelopes were fourth three times and didn’t finish worse than eighth in five fall events, but aside from junior Charlotte Jaengkit, there wasn’t a single player who shot in the 60s during the fall.
- Seattle (165): The Redhawks finished outside the top 10 in their first three fall events before closing with two top 5s. Just three players had fall scoring averages of less than 80.
- Chicago State (180): Three victories and three other top 5s looks great, but the Cougars’ schedule wasn’t very difficult, either.
- Missouri-Kansas City (184): The Kangaroos finished 11th or worse three times during the fall and placed third in their host event, the UMKC Fall Invite.
- Utah Valley (203): The Wolverines began the fall with a victory at the four-team Wildcat Invite, but they never finished better than eighth in their remaining four fall tournaments.
- Texas-Pan American (235):The Broncs kicked off the fall at the “Mo” Morial, but finished last. And while they did close the fall with a win at the UTB Ocelot Invite, the Broncs had two other finishes of last or second-to-last.
- Cal State Bakersfield (243): The Roadrunners closed the fall with a last-place finish at the Cal Poly Invite, their fourth finish of third-to-last or worse in as many fall events.