Freshman Shawnee Martinez and the 49ers heads south to Santa Ana for the UC Irvine Invitational. (Photo by John Fajardo/LBSU)
Feb. 23, 2013
2012-13 LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN'S GOLF
Tournament No. 6
at UC Irvine Invitational presented by KIA
Hosted by UC Irvine
Santa Ana Country Club, Par-72, 5,888-yards
Santa Ana, Calif.
Monday, Feb. 25 - First & Second Rounds, 8:30 a.m. PST (Live scoring: Golfstat)
Tuesday, Feb. 26 - Final Round, 7:45 a.m. PST (Live scoring: Golfstat)
The Long Beach State women's golf team makes the short trip south to Orange County to take part in the UC Irvine Invitational hosted by UC Irvine. The two-day, 54-hole tournament will take place at the Santa Ana Country Club in Santa Ana. First and second round action is set for Monday, Feb. 25, while final round play is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26. Monday will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., while Tuesday's final round will begin at 7:45 a.m. with teams starting off from the No. 1 and 10 tees.
WINNER OF UCI INVITE RECEIVES EXCLUSIVE SPONSOR EXEMPTION
A sponsor exemption into the 2013 Kia Classic will be awarded to the winner of the 2013 UC Irvine Invitational presented by Kia. This partnership will make the UC Irvine Invitational the only collegiate tournament in the country that will allow the winner to participate in an LPGA event. The fourth-annual Kia Classic will be held on March 18-24 at Aviara Golf Club located at the Park Hyatt Resort in Carlsbad, which was named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the best resort golf courses in America and the No.1 golf resort in San Diego according to the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. The event will feature a field of 144 of the top female golfers in the world, including Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Se Ri Pak and defending champion, Yani Tseng, competing for a $1.7 million purse.
ANTEATER INVITE LIVE ON GOLFSTAT
Live scoring of all three rounds of Anteater Invitational will be provided on Golfstat.com.
Senior Simone Hoey, junior Rochelle Chan, sophomore Chaewon Park and freshmen Shawnee Martinez and Kassidy Teare will represent LBSU as they'll compete against 12 other teams that features BYU, Gonzaga, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, San Diego State, Santa Clara, UC Riverside and UC Irvine. Junior Ashley Greer, sophomore Bow-Kay Salotti and freshman Janelle Sua will play as individuals for the 49ers.
49ERS WIN THE GOLD RUSH
LBSU recorded their first tournament win of the year by capturing the 2013 Gold Rush presented by Farmers Insurance at the Yorba Linda Country Club in Yorba Linda. The tournament hosts' held off second-place Gonzaga by 10 shots, finishing the two-day, 54-hole tournament at 53-over 917. This was the 49ers first tournament title since winning the Rose City Collegiate last year in Aurora, Ore.
OH SO CLOSE FOR MARTINEZ
Freshman Shawnee Martinez had a one-shot lead going into the last hole at the 2013 Gold Rush presented by Farmers at the Yorba Linda Country Club. The Modesto native was one hole away from winning the individual title on the par-5, 479-yard 18th with a 40-foot putt that missed the hole. Martinez then had to make a putt from eight feet to force a playoff, but ended up double-bogeying the hole. She finished the round with a 78, that was highlighted by two birdies, four bogeys and two double-bogeys. Gonzaga's Raychelle Santos claimed individual medalist honors as Martinez finished in second.
LBSU CLOSES OUT FALL SEASON IN VEGAS
The 49ers recorded a team-best 298 in the final round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown to finish in 10th place at Stallion Mountain Golf Club. LBSU completed the three-day, 54-hole tournament at 58-over-par 922 as the 49ers were led by freshman Kassidy Teare. Teare finished at 15-over to tie for 38th.
49ERS PLACE 10TH IN WASHINGTON
LBSU recorded a 79-over-par 943 to finish in 10th place at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash. LBSU shot rounds of 310, 322 and 311 at the Sahalee Country Club. Simone Hoey led the way for the 49ers, placing 24th with a 16-over 232.
PARK TAKES FIRST TOP-20 FINISH AT ROSE CITY
Sophomore Chaewon Park recorded her first career top-20 finish, tying for 18th place at the Rose City Collegiate in Aurora, Ore. LBSU finished in sixth at 63-over 927. The Rose City Collegiate marked the first collegiate tournament for freshman Shawnee Martinez as the native from Modesto, Calif. placed second for LBSU, tying for 24th at 18-over 234.
HOEY, 49ERS TIES FOR FIFTH IN COLORADO
Senior Simone Hoey recorded her first top-5 finish in the season opening Colonel Bill Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. Hoey completed the two-day, 54-hole tournament with a 2-under 218, shooting rounds of 73, 76 and 69. LBSU tied for fifth out of 17 teams with Louisville, Nevada and New Mexico. The 49ers finished the tournament at 32-over 896. Freshman Kassidy Teare made her collegiate debut for the 49ers, tied for 16th (+8).
CAL POLY HOSTS BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP
For the second straight year the Big West Conference Women's Golf Championship returns to the central coast to the San Luis Obispo Country Club in San Luis Obispo hosted by Cal Poly. The three-day, 54-hole touranment will take place April 21-23, as eight teams will compete for the conference championship and automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
WELCOME BACK HAWAI'I
The 2012-13 season will see the addition of an old friend as the University of Hawai'i returns to the Big West Conference in all sports except football. The Rainbow Wahine were members of the Big West in women sports from 1984-96. Hawai'i will compete is this year's Big West Women's Golf Championship in San Luis Obispo.
FOLLOW THE 49ERS ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER
Fans can follow the 49er women's golf team throughout the season on Facebook at Long Beach State Women's Golf and on Twitter @LBSUwomensgolf.
LBSU returns to action Mar. 3-5, taking part in the Bruin Wave Invitational hosted by UCLA and Pepperdine at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana.
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