SDSU Women's Golf Opens Spring Schedule In The Bay Area
Feb. 21, 2005
SDSU Opens Spring Schedule In The Bay Area
The Aztecs will be one 14 teams in the field, which also includes Mountain West Conference foe No. 42 Brigham Young and three other top 50 teams in No. 36 UC Irvine, No. 45 USF and No. 48 San Jose State. Other teams competing include Cal Poly, CS Northridge, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Long Beach State, Mississippi, Notre Dame de Namur, Portland State and Santa Clara.
Monday's round starts at 8:30 a.m., while the second round starts at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
Bay Area Classics Past
The Aztecs competed in the Bay Area Classic from the tournament's inception in 1997 until 2002. SDSU was fifth in 1997 and 2002, fourth in 1998, third in 1999 and 2001, and second of 17 squads in 2000.
Two-time champion Cal owns the tournament single round (284) and overall (582) records en route to the 2002 title (298, 284). Two-time medalist Kelli Kamimura owns the individual tournament low after shooting a six-under 138 (69, 69) for Washington in 2001. Kamimura also owns the single-round record after firing a five-under 67 in 1999.
Last season, Washington captured its second team title with a 629 (312, 317) on a stormy course, while San Jose State's Ashley Gomes won medalist honors after firing a 152 (80, 72).
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SDSU will be without captain Veronica Ojeda (San Diego, Calif.), who is out due to injury, but is expected to be back in action for the trip to Hawaii, March 15-16.
Thoughts On The Fall
"This fall, we did a lot of shifting and sending people out to see what they would do," said third-year SDSU head coach Felicia Brown. "It was a educational season, especially for the freshmen like Jackie (Kazarian) and MacKenzie (Swecker), who learned a lot.
"The first semester, if you ask any of them, is a big adjustment and then you have to add to that the pressure of competition. Each and everyone on our roster came out of the fall with the realization that they're good enough to play at the collegiate level."
While the fall results were not as good as Brown and the Aztecs had hoped, the team got consistent play from freshman Anna Booth and senior captain Veronica Ojeda, who saw her first action in an SDSU uniform after transferring from Cal Poly.
Ojeda tallied the team's best stroke average of the fall, while Booth was the top golfer at three of the four events. Aside from that, Ojeda's and Booth's fall seasons almost mirrored each other. The pair tied for 14th at the Lady Aztec Invitational, the best individual finish on the team, and had matching season lows for 18, 36 and 54 holes.
New For Spring
The team will then stay closer to home, Mar. 21-22, at the University of Oregon tournament in Grand Junction, Ore., followed by a trip to St. George, Utah (April 3-5).
The Mountain West Conference championships are slated for April 21-23 in Sunriver, Ore., which is also the site of this season's NCAA championships (May 17-20). The NCAA West Regionals take place in Las Cruces, N.M., May 5-7.
- SDSU ended the year ranked No. 40 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings after placing fourth at the MWC championships.
- SDSU earned their first win in three years during the fall when they set a school record by shooting 878 to win the Lady Aztec Invitational. SDSU has also recorded two runner-up finishes and was in the top four in four of its last five outings.
Head Coach Felicia Brown
She is assisted by Doug Barba for the second year in a row.