49ers finish in second-place at Big West Conference Championships
April 19, 2011
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's golf team shot a 10-over 298 in Tuesday's final round of the Big West Conference Championships, finishing in second-place for the second year in a row.
The 19th-ranked UC Davis Aggies claimed the team title for the second straight year and received the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament that will begin on May 5 at three regional sites.
Playing on the 6,282-yard course at Tijeras Creek Golf Club, LBSU couldn't overcome a 12-stroke deficit set by the Aggies after Monday's second round. UC Davis extended their lead in the final round with a 4-over 292 to finish 18 shots over the 49ers with an 867. The Aggies broke an 11-year Big West Women's Golf Championship team record of 871 set by former member New Mexico State back in 1999. LBSU completed the three-day, 54-hole tournament at 21-over 885.
Junior Monica Villarreal held onto second-place by one stroke over the Aggies' Demi Runas. Villarreal carded a 73 to finish the tournament at 4-under 212, five shots behind individual medalist Alice Kim of UC Davis.
Kim's three-round score of 207 broke the Big West Women's Golf Championship record of 209 set by Cal State Northridge's Beth Allen in 2004. Kim tied the course record with a 66 on Sunday's opening round and was one-stroke shy of matching that score with a second-round 67.
Villarreal's score of 212 is a career-best for a 54-hole tournament for the 49er, eclipsing her previous record of 223 set three weeks ago at the Anteater Invitational at Dove Canyon. Villarreal recorded a career low 67 in the opening round, blasting her previous low 70, that was also set at the Anteater Invitational.
Rochelle Chan finished second the 49ers, completing an impressive tournament performance set by the freshman as she tied for 10th. Chan shot a 78 to finish at 10-over 226. This was Chan's second top 10 finish this year.
Senior Lindsey McAtee closed out the tournament with a 76 tying for 13th, recording her only birdie of the round that came at the par-4, 401-yard 18th hole. McAtee finished the tournament at 11-over 227, matching her lowest 54-hole score since the Turtle Bay Invitational in Hawaii in 2009.
Senior Reina Rogers posted her best round of the tournament with a 75, which included three birdies for the day. Rogers moved up two spots in the standings to tie for 16th, finishing with a 230 (+14).
Sophomore Simone Hoey tied for 21st carding a 74 for a total of 231, finishing at 15-over par. Hoey completed her last 11 holes without a bogey, while posting two birdies.
"I was super excited that I was able to hold it together and played three great rounds," Villarreal said. "Lately, I've been struggling of having two good rounds then one kind of so-so. Mentally, it felt really tough out there. It was just a fun environment, a great course and great girls to play with. We'll be practicing hard all summer and come out hot in the fall."
"What an awesome three days," 49er head coach Joey Cerulle said. "We played with a fantastic UC Davis team and it was a pleasure to see them destroy the Big West records. I can't be more proud of the girls on how they played. We were consistent all three days as we put together an awesome game plan and stuck to it."
"Big thanks to Monica for playing as consistent as I've ever seen in her three years of playing college golf," Cerulle remarked. "My two seniors of Lindsey and Reina, stepped up when I needed them to and played great all three days. The team learned a lot about each other and hopefully we'll get an opportunity to continue playing in a regional tournament with an at-large bid."
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