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UC Davis Captures Third Straight Women's Golf Championship

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2012 Women's Golf Championship Results

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Women's Championship Day 3 Results


UC Davis collected its third consecutive Big West Women's Golf Championship on Tuesday at the San Luis Obispo Country Club with a three round total of 898, outdistancing second place UC Irvine by 13 strokes.

Three Aggies finished in the top five, led by individual tournament medalist Bev Vatananugulkit.  The freshman birdied three of the final four holes on the 6,169 yard course to fire a final round 73 and outduel junior teammate Amy Simanton for the title.  Vatananugulkit shot a 4-over par 220 for the tournament with rounds of 75-72-73.  Simanton shot a 6-over 222 and had a third round score of 74.

Junior Demi Runas was the third UC Davis player to finish in the top five as she carded a three round score of 227 (+11).  Jessica Chulya tied for 13th (231, +15) and Blair Lewis tied for 24th (236, +20) to round out the list of Aggie finishers.

The Aggies trailed UC Irvine by five strokes after Sunday's first round, but overcame the deficit by shooting under 300 the next two days.  They took a two-shot lead after posting a team score of 295 on Monday, and created distance with Tuesday's 298 score.

Vatananugulkit is the third straight Aggie to claim the Big West Women's Golf Championship individual title, following Alice Kim in 2011 and Chelsea Stelzmiller in 2010.  Simanton finished second to Stelzmiller at the 2010 championship.

UC Davis is the fourth program in Big West women's golf history to win at least three straight championships.  San Jose State captured 10 straight titles from 1987-96 and New Mexico State followed from 1997-2000.  UC Irvine won three straight titles spanning 2005-08.

UC Irvine shot a three round score of 911 followed by third place Cal State Fullerton, which went 319-294-307 to finish with an aggregate 920.  Rounding out the seven-team field was Long Beach State (924), Cal Poly (931), Cal State Northridge (936) and UC Riverside (950).

Michelle Yang of UC Irvine tied the tournament course record for lowest round as she fired a 1-under 71 to move up seven spots into third place on the individual leaderboard.  She finished with a three round total of 224.  Two other players – Ronnie Valerio of UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton's Neomi Hunt – initially set the record with 71s of their own on Monday. 

Cal State Northridge's Margo Dionisio, Cal State Fullerton's Taylor Fowler, Long Beach State's Simone Hoey and Runas all tied for fourth at 227.

UC Davis, ranked 22nd nationally, receives the Big West's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Regionals, which will be held May 10-12 at three different sites.  The Penn State Golf Course (Blue Course) in State College, Pa., The Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlett Course) in Columbus, Ohio, and the Colorado Nationals Golf Club in Erie, Colo. are the three sites.

The four-day NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship will be held at the Vanderbilt Legend Club in Franklin, Tenn. from May 22-25.