April 19, 2011
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. -
UC Davis fired a final round 292 on Tuesday for a three-day total of 867 to claim its second straight Big West Women's Golf Championship at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club. The Aggies' broke an 11-year Big West Women's Golf Championship team record of 871 set by New Mexico State back in 1999.
Long Beach State finished second after firing a three-day score of 885 and was followed by Cal Poly (895) in third and UC Irvine (901) in fourth. Rounding out the seven-team field was UC Riverside (922), Cal State Northridge (926) and Cal State Fullerton (947).
Kristen Aiu shot the best round of the tournament by a Titan with a final day 3-over-par 75. She ended up the leading Fullerton scorer at 233. She was followed by Deidre Crabtree at 238, Neomi Hunt at 239, Kathryn New at 241 and Taylor Fowler at 244.
UC Davis' Alice Kim ran away with top individual medalist honors after blasting a three-round score of 207, which shattered the Big West Women's Golf Championship record of 209 set by Cal State Northridge's Beth Allen in 2004. Kim opened the tournament tying the course record with a 6-under 66 and was one stroke shy of matching her performance on Monday with a 5-under 67.
Monica Villareal from Long Beach State secured the second spot on the leaderboard after carding a 4-under 212. One stroke back in third place was UC Davis' Demi Runas with a 3-under total of 213, while UC Riverside's Amelia Ek and UC Irvine's Lalita Patipaksiri tied for fourth at 219.
The 19th-ranked UC Davis Aggies receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I regionals, which will be held at three sites, including the West Regional at the Washington National Golf Course in Seattle, Wash., from May 5-7. The four-day NCAA Women's Golf Championship is scheduled for May 17-20 at the Traditions Golf Club in College Station, Texas.