Mar 28, 2019
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UVU'S SHIMIZU NAMED WOMEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Utah Valley's Kaylee Shimizu has been named Western Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week for March 20 to March 26. Shimizu, a junior from Wailuku, Hawai'I, had an outstanding return to her home state, recording her first collegiate victory at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Hawai'i. She finished even-par on the week with her best round coming in the second round as she carded a 2-under-par 70. The 216 is the second-best 54-hole score in UVU program history and her first day tally of 2-under-par 142 was the top 36-hole in program history. She finished one stroke ahead of Oklahoma State's Han-Hsuan Yu to earn the individual honors.
Other women's nominees: California Baptist's Jocelyn Chee tied for second place at the Red Rocks Invitational, firing an incredible 4-under-par 209 … Grand Canyon's Siripatsorn Patchana earned a top-10 finish with a 4-over-par 220 at the Hawkeye El-Tigre Invitational in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico … Kansas City's Theresa de Bochdanovits was the top finisher for the Roos at the Hawkeye El-Tigre Invitational, firing a 10-over-par 226 … NM State's Dominique Galloway led the Aggies to the team title at the Red Rocks Invitational, shooting a 2-under-par 211 to tie for fifth in the individual standings … Seattle U's Linette Chua led the Redhawks with a 1-over-par 214 to tie for 11th at the Red Rocks Invitational.
ON THE TEE
The regular season begins to come to a close starting next week with just one tournament left for each of the nine schools before the 2019 WAC Women's Golf Championship on April 18-20 in Lakewood, Wash. Grand Canyon and Utah Valley both head to California for the Fresno State Classic, beginning on Monday.
BY THE NUMBERS
WAC-newcomer California Baptist sits atop the team leaders in stroke average at 295.3 through 23 rounds played. Grand Canyon is second at 300.5 followed by NM State in third at 301.9. CBU's Ericka Wang is the top individual with a stroke average of 73.2. NM State's Pun Chanachai is second at 74.1, followed by CBU's Yifei Wang in third at 74.2. NM State's Dominique Galloway is fourth at 74.5, followed by GCU's Siripatsorn Patchana at 74.6.
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. Most recently, NM State won the team title at the Red Rocks Invitational with a 1-over-par 853 while UVU's Kaylee Shimizu won the Anuenue Spring Break Classic with an even-par 216.
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.