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This Week in WAC Women's Golf - March 21

This Week in WAC Women's Golf - March 21

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CBU'S MARTIREZ NAMED WOMEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
California Baptist's Samantha Martirez has been named Western Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week for March 13 to March 19. Martirez, a junior from Manggahan Pasig City, Philippines (Master's Academy), led CBU to its second tournament victory of the season at the Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird Invitational last week. She shot 2-over-par 146 to tie for fourth place in the tournament after opening 1-under-par 71 and then finished with a 3-over-par 75. It was Martirez' second top-10 finish this season but a season best for her. All five Lancers finished in the top 15 individually.
 
Other women's nominees: Seattle U's Kimberlee Tottori led the Redhawks at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Hawai'i, shooting an 11-over-par 227 to tie for 19th … UT Rio Grande Valley's Emma Mesta was the top finisher for the Vaqueros at the HBU Husky Invitational, tying for 13th with a 17-over-par 233.
 
ON THE TEE
With less than one month remaining until the WAC Championship, six teams will be in action this week. Grand Canyon and Kansas City head south of the border from the Hawkeye-El Tigre Invitational in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Utah Valley also takes a spring break trip, traveling to Hawai'i for the Anuenue Spring Break Classic. Among those teams staying in the contiguous United States will be California Baptist, NM State and Seattle U, who will all meet up in Sedona, Ariz. for the Red Rocks Invitational.
 
BY THE NUMBERS
WAC-newcomer California Baptist sits atop the team leaders in stroke average at 296.4 through 20 rounds played. Grand Canyon is second at 300.4 followed by Utah Valley in third at 301.6. CBU's Ericka Wang is the top individual with a stroke average of 73.3. Teammate Yifei Wang is second at 74.3, followed by Grand Canyon's Courtney Vogel in third at 74.4. NM State's Pun Chanachai is fourth at 74.5 followed by Utah Valley's Carly Dehlin Hirsch. 
 
TAKING ON THE BEST
NM State's Pun Chanachai tied for 12th at the Bruin/Wave Invitational in February but the big story was the number of top golfers that she finished ahead of. She tied with second-ranked Andrea Lee of Stanford and 24th-ranked Stephanie Lau of Northwestern and finished ahead of top-ranked Patt Tavatanakit (UCLA), fourth-ranked Hira Naveed (Pepperdine) and fifth-ranked Albane Valenzuela (Stanford).
 
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. The Lancers earned their second title of the season on March 14-15 in St. George Utah, firing a 13-over-par 589 to win the Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird.
 
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.
 
CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE
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.