Event: Lexus Classic
Where: Copper River Country Club – Fresno, Calif.
When: Monday and Tuesday, all day
Who to watch: Junior Alice Kim averages 73.5 strokes-per-round and has finished in the top-ten in three of the Aggies’ five tournaments this year.
The Walnut, Calif. native was named an All-American honorable mention by the National Golf Coaches Association last year and was selected to the All-Big West Conference First Team the last two years.
Did you know? UC Davis will feature two lineup changes from the team that took the course in their last tournament on Feb. 14.
Kim Johnson and Chelsea Steltzmiller will step in to try and provide a spark for the team
Preview: No. 25 UC Davis will be looking for a first-place finish this week as it is the highest ranked team in the tournament.
“We are expecting to pull off a victory this week,” said coach Anne Walker.
UC Davis is coming off a fifth-place finish in their last tournament at the Pat Bernard California Collegiate.
“It was a disappointing finish for us,” said Walker. “But it was our first time playing in three months. We talked about it and learned from it. That’s the most important thing. We’re better off now.”
While the Aggies are not happy with that finish, they should not be discouraged
In its first tournament of the fall, UC Davis posted its worst finish of the year so far – sixth-place at the Dick McGuire/Branch Law Firm Invitational.
After the sub-par performance, the Aggies went on to play much better as they finished first at the Turtle Bay Collegiate Invitational. UC Davis will be looking for a similar turnaround this spring.
Though the team’s performance at their most recent tournament was not what the Aggies have come to expect from themselves, UC Davis did have two golfers finish in the top-ten.
Alice Kim finished tied for seventh shooting a 151 for the tournament and Demi Runas ended up tied for 10th shooting a 152.
– Trevor Cramer