Feb 28, 2019
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UTAH VALLEY'S SHIMIZU NAMED WAC GOLFER OF THE MONTH
Utah Valley's Kaylee Shimizu has been named Western Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week for Feb. 20 to Feb. 26.
Shimizu, a junior from Wailuku, Hawai'i (Baldwin HS), was the top WAC golfer at the Grand Canyon Women's Spring Invitational, shooting a 3-over-par 219 to finish eighth among 108 golfers. The junior improved each round, shooting a 3-over-par 75 in the opening round, a 1-over-par 73 in the second round and a 1-under-par 71 to move into the top 10 in the final round. Her weekly scoring average of 73.0 was nearly three strokes better than her average of 75.9 coming into the week. As a team, the Wolverines finished in sixth place among 20 teams.
Other women's nominees: California Baptist's Yifei Wang tied for 28th at the Grand Canyon Women's Spring Invitational, shooting a 10-over-par 226 … Grand Canyon's Siripatsorn Patchana fired a 6-over-par 222 at the GCU Invitational to tie for 12th place and lead all players playing as individuals … Kansas City's Theresa de Bochdanovits led the Roos with a 10-over-par 152 at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational … NM State's Pun Chanachai carded a 10-over-par 226 at the prestigious Bruin/Wave Invitational to tie for 12th place and finish ahead of several nationally-ranked golfers … UT Rio Grande Valley's Julie Lucio had a share of the lead after the first day of the Islander Classic before finishing fourth with a career-best 9-over-par 225.
ON THE TEE
It's a light week around the WAC with Grand Canyon the only team competing as the Lopes will travel to Sacramento, Calif. for the Gunrock Invitational.
BY THE NUMBERS
WAC-newcomer California Baptist sits atop the team leaders in stroke average at 296.6 through 18 rounds played. Grand Canyon is second at 298.5 followed by Utah Valley in third at 300.6. CBU's Ericka Wang is the top individual with a stroke average of 73.2. GCU's Courtney Vogel is second at 73.4 while CBU's Yifei Wang is third at 74.1. GCU's Siripatsorn Patchana is fourth at 74.2, followed by NM State's Pun Chanacahi in fifth, also at 74.2.
WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER
California Baptist took to the course for their first NCAA Division I tournament on Sept. 15 at the USA Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala. and the Lancers made quite the entrance, earning the team title with a 4-under-par 860. Grand Canyon's Courtney Vogel earned the WAC's first individual title of the season, winning the Rose City Collegiate with a 2-under-par 211. Vogel also led the Lopes to a team title at the Battle at the Rock to open spring play while NM State's Pun Chanachai tied for medalist honors at the Mission Hills Individual Invitational.
WELCOME TO THE WAC
California Baptist is the newest member of the Western Athletic Conference as the Lancers begin the four-year transition to NCAA Division I. While CBU will not be eligible to compete for the team title until the 2023 WAC Championship, the Lancers will be able to compete as individuals at the WAC Championship. In 2018, California Baptist placed second at the NCAA Division II Championship.
The 2018 WAC Women's Golf Championship heads to the Pacific Northwest and Oakbrook Golf Club in Lakewood, Wash. Built in 1966, Oakbrook Golf Club features hundreds of oak trees and immaculate turf conditions. In 2012, Oakbrook opened its doors to the public after 56 years of private operations. Ryan Moore, PGA Tour professional and Tacoma native, brings his knowledge of championship golf to Oakbrook Golf Club through Ryan Moore Golf ownership, to continually improve the golf course and elevate the overall guest experience.