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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Women’s golf preview

Event: Pacific Coast Intercollegiate

When: Monday and Tuesday, all day

Where: The Ocean Course – Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Who to Watch: Sophomore Amy Simanton is consistently finding herself at the top of the leader boards.

The Lake Oswego, Ore. native finished 11th overall in the Battle at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego last week. Simanton outlasted one of the toughest fields UC Davis has faced all season, as 16 of the 17 teams at the event were ranked in the top 50 nationally.

Did you know? The Aggies are ranked at an all-time high of 17th nationally. This is all more impressive as this is just UC Davis’ fifth year as a program.

Preview: The past five years have been quite eventful for the UC Davis women’s golf team.

The squad currently ranks at a program-high 17th in the nation and has captured a Big West Conference team title. The Pacific Coast Intercollegiate will be another memorable moment for the Aggies as it will be the first time UC Davis will host an event.

Coach Anne Walker is excited for the Aggies to co-host the event with Oregon.

“The more competitive you become as a team, being able to host schools in your region and bring them to the area is huge,” Walker said. “My players get to drive to the tournament, they get to feel like it’s their home course and their home tournament. There’s pride affiliated with that.”

Despite being the highest ranked team in the field, UC Davis will face some stiff competition as five other squads participating currently rank in the top 50.

The Aggies won’t only be competing against the field – they’ll also be competing against the course.

The Ocean Course, designed in 1997, can be tricky for multiple reasons, according to coach Ann Walker.

“It’s a tough golf course and weather is a big issue which is pretty cool because there’s no other tournament like this,” Walker said. “We’re the only ones hosting a tournament on the ocean. What we’re really excited about is to be able to bring a tournament to an outstanding golf course.”

The Aggies will open up the course matched with Oregon and Texas A&M.

– Jason Alpert


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