Big West Golf Release - Women's Championship
The 2016 Big West Women’s Golf Championship begins this weekend in Maui as the University of Hawai’i is set to host the event for the first time at the Kapalua Bay Course. The three-day event runs from Sunday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 19 and admission for the event is free.
Eight teams with five golfers on each squad will compete for the team and individual titles on the par-72 course that measures 6,012 yards. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.
Last season the Aggies collected their sixth consecutive team title, which marked the second-longest stretch of victories in the Big West after San Jose State, who owns the top spot after winning 10-straight championships from 1987-1996. While UC Davis has come in as the overall favorite the past few seasons, this year the race to the top is a little less clear for both the team and individual medalist titles.
Long Beach State heads into the event as the top seed and 49er Kassidy Teare currently owns a conference-best 72.1 stroke average. She has led her team to two top 3 finishes, which includes a third place finish at the 49ers’ home event - The Gold Rush.
Six-time defending champion UC Davis holds the second seed at this year’s event. The Aggies, who recorded one top 3 finish this season, are led by 2015 Big West Women’s Golf Championship individual medalist Andrea Wong and her 73.8 average.
Individually, Cal State Fullerton’s Martina Edberg follows Teare in second after carding a 72.4 stroke average over seven events this year. Rounding out the top three is Hawai’i’s Eimi Koga and her 73.1 mark. Koga, leading the third-seeded Rainbow Wahine, kicked off her freshman year in style as she claimed individual medalist honors in her first event while lifting the Rainbow Wahine to the team title at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic, their first win since claiming the 1996 Lady Bronco Classic.
All three ladies have captured an individual medalist honor this year.
A practice round is slated for Saturday, followed by the first round of play Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (Pacific). Monday’s second round of play, as well as the final round set for Tuesday, also tees off at 10:30 a.m. Awards will be presented following the final round approximately at 5:30 p.m.
The winning team advances to the NCAA Division I women’s regionals which are held at four sites this year from May 5-7. This year’s regional sites include Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.; Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas; University Club in Baton Rouge, La.; Shoal Creek at Shoal Creek, Ala. The six-day NCAA Women’s Golf Championship is scheduled for May 20-25 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.