Review Category : Women’s Golf

Team of the Year

Coming off a Big West Conference title and the loss of two key seniors in 2010-11, the Aggies did not miss a beat as they entered the 2011-12 season. UC Davis opened its season with a first-place finish in the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in September, and followed that up with second place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Overall the Aggies won a total of three tournaments in the 2011-12 season and finished in the top three of three more. UC Davis golfers also finished in the top five on 10 different occasions as individuals. “It’s all about hard work and competition,” said head coach Anne Walker. The Aggies were consistent in their play throughout the season, and they completed their campaign with their third straight Big West Championship, as they beat out UC Irvine by the sizeable margin of 13 strokes. UC Davis then made its way to the NCAA Regional, where it finished 12th. Overall the Aggies finished the 2011-2012 season ranked 23rd in the National Golf Coaches... ...

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Aggies fall short of NCAA Championship

A strong final two days of competition was not enough to dig out of the hole the Aggies had dug for themselves after the first round. The UC Davis women’s golf program put together strong performances of 295 and 297 strokes in the second and third rounds, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to negate the 305 they shot on the first day. Anne Walker, coach of No. 23 UC Davis, had said prior to the tournament that the team would have to play well at Colorado National Golf Club in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships. “We are in such a tough region and we played pretty average, but the field was strong,” she said. “There are so many good teams in the west region that I wouldn’t even call it unexpected.” The Aggies were tied for 18th of 24 teams after the first day with a subpar 305 that could be attributed to the playing conditions, but Walker would not make excuses. “The tough weather was difficult but... ...

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Women’s Golf preview

Event: NCAA West Regional Where: Colorado National Golf Club — Eerie, Colo. When: Thursday through Saturday, all day Who to Watch: Demi Runas has led the UC Davis women’s golf team all year and has shown no reason why that should change any time soon. The junior just picked up Big West Player of the Year accolades, making it her third straight year to be recognized on the All-Big West first team. This will be Runas’ third NCAA Regional appearance and she is still continuing to improve. “This is her second straight year as conference player of the year, but she’s still very under the radar,” coach Anne Walker said. “She can be the number one player in the conference and the country if she plays with confidence.” Did you know? Last year, the No. 22 ranked Aggies entered regionals with  No. 8 seed — their highest in Division I program history — and placed third out of the 24 team field. UC Davis is treading very familiar ground this... ...

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New faces, same result

It’s starting to feel like a foregone conclusion. No. 22 UC Davis travels south for the Big West Conference women’s golf championship, and returns with yet another team title and an individual championship. But though the Aggies entered this year’s tournament as favorites, UC Davis was far from a sure thing to take the title. The Aggies roster does not feature a single senior this season, and with two freshmen and a sophomore in the lineup, no one could be sure how the team would react under the pressure of a conference championship tournament. Even as the tournament commenced, the Aggies found themselves in a tough spot after the first day. UC Davis trailed UC Irvine by five strokes after a round of play, but the team kept their composure. “We didn’t let it get to us,” coach Anne Walker said. “We knew we could play good golf, and we just wanted to stick to our game.” The Aggies responded in the final two days, taking first place with a... ...

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Aggies place seventh at Pacific Coast Intercollegiate

The UC Davis women’s golf team got the chance to see how they stacked up against some of the best teams in the nation at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. What the Aggies found was that, well, they are one of the best teams in the nation. No. 23 UC Davis, who co-hosted the tournament with Oregon State University, snagged seventh place at Half Moon Bay Golf Links with an 11 over par in three rounds of play. The Aggies beat out two higher-ranked opponents and played close to some of the top-ranked teams, including No. 14 California, whose 872 barely kept UC Davis at bay. Eight of the participating teams were ranked in the top 25 in the nation. “It was a good week for us; we played well and finished seventh in a super strong field,” said Coach Anne Walker. The three-round total of 875 was a product of improvement as each round passed. The Aggies’ 297 first-round performance had them in ninth place until they posted a 294... ...

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Aggies place seventh at Pacific Coast Intercollegiate

The UC Davis women’s golf team got the chance to see how they stacked up against some of the best teams in the nation at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. What the Aggies found was that, well, they are one of the best teams in the nation. No. 23 UC Davis, who co-hosted the tournament with Oregon State University, snagged seventh place at Half Moon Bay Golf Links with an 11 over par in three rounds of play. The Aggies beat out two higher-ranked opponents and played close to some of the top-ranked teams, including No. 14 California, whose 872 barely kept UC Davis at bay. Eight of the participating teams were ranked in the top 25 in the nation. “It was a good week for us; we played well and finished seventh in a super strong field,” said Coach Anne Walker. The three-round total of 875 was a product of improvement as each round passed. The Aggies’ 297 first-round performance had them in ninth place until they posted a 294... ...

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Column: Play ball!

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time for laying out on the Quad, Picnic Day and yes, Major League Baseball. By the time this reaches print, baseball will have already gone through Opening Day (or it’s “second Opening Day” depending on your perspective), and that makes this the perfect time to explore which UC Davis teams match up with squads from the Major Leagues. Baseball: Since we’re comparing UC Davis to the MLB, it seems only natural to begin with the UC Davis baseball team. And my diagnosis will make part of this campus smile and the other parts curse in their chairs. UC Davis baseball provides a striking resemblance to the San Francisco Giants. Both teams will be carried by their pitching staffs, and just as the Giants tout the starting abilities of Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, the Aggies lean heavily on Dayne Quist, Anthony Kubpens and Tom Briner. The UC Davis trio may never receive any Cy Young consideration, but if the... ...

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