Aztec Women's Golf Returns To Seaside For 2009 MWC Championships
April 14, 2009
MWC Championships Up Next For SDSU Women's Golf
The event will be held in California for the first time in conference history. Last year's championship was at the University of New Mexico course in Albuquerque, after two-straight years at the Entrada at Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah. The conference tournament was held in Sunriver, Ore., five straight seasons, after the inaugural event in St. George in 2000. Last year was the only time that the MWC championships has been held at a school's home course.
The Aztecs will be looking to improve on their seventh-place performance in the same tournament a year ago, facing a field of three schools ranked among the top 50 in the nation, including defending champion No. 24 New Mexico.
Schools will play 18 holes each of the three days, following a practice round Wednesday afternoon. The Aztecs will be paired with New Mexico and TCU in group No. 3 for the first round, starting at 9:10 a.m. PT from the first tee on Thursday.
Aztec Line-Up For This Week
Senior Maki Kamimura (West Covina, Calif.) is the only Aztec to have competed in more than one MWC tournament in her career, participating in the last three. Kamimura tied for 28th in 2008, after taking 19th in 2007, and 13th in 2006, when she was SDSU's top golfer
Three-time conference champ UNLV is No. 30 by Golfstat and No. 29 by Golfweek, while TCU is No. 36 and No. 35 respectively in the two polls. Two of the three other MWC schools are rated in the top 75, including No. 69/64 Colorado State and No. 81/73 BYU.
San Diego State, meanwhile sits at No. 85 in the Golfstat rankings, a 20-spot jump from last year at this time. Wyoming rounds out the field with a No. 108/112 ranking.
The Aztecs have three victories in head-to-head results versus Wyoming (3-1), and have split 1-1 versus Colorado State and BYU this season. SDSU have not finished ahead of New Mexico, TCU or UNLV in a tournament in 2008-09.
Individually, all five of the top finishers from last year's MWC tournament return, including two-time medalist Jodi Ewart from New Mexico, who won by two strokes with a even-par 219.
SDSU In The MWC Tournament
Last season, the Aztecs were edged out of sixth place by just one stroke, finishing in seventh overall with a 93-over-969. SDSU was sixth in 2007, fifth in 2003, 2005 and 2006, fourth in 2004 and was runners-up in both 2001 and 2002. The Aztecs were disqualified in the inaugural tournament in 2000, after two players turned in incorrect score cards in the third and final round.
Individually, the highest SDSU finish came in 2002, when Heather Rollo tied for second place with a 218, just two strokes out of first. Jenna Wilson owns the school record for the best score in a 54-hole conference tournament with a two-over par 215 in 2004.
Mountain West History Lesson
Four different schools have had a player win the individual title, including UNLV (2004, 2005, 2006), New Mexico (2001, 2003, 2007, 2008), Colorado State (2002) and Wyoming (2000).
The first MWC championship took place at the Sunbrook Golf Club in St. George, Utah. The tournament then moved to Sunriver the next five seasons, however, the first round of the 2003 event was played at the Awbrey Glen Golf Course in Bend, Ore., due to inclement weather.
The course yardage has topped 6,000 nine times with the longest being 6,312 in 2005.
New Mexico and UNLV own all but two of the 12 MWC championship records.
Aztec 08-09 Highlights
The squad tied the No. 2 all-time low 54-hole score in program history with an 885 at the CU Heather Farr Memorial Invite in September. The Aztecs also posted the sixth and 10th-best 54-hole scores at Fresno State and Hawai'i.
Individually, freshman phenom Malin Enarsson has finished under par in two tournaments to tie for second in school history with a 215 (-1) at both the CU Heather Farr Invite and the Kent Youel Invite. Sophomore Stephanie Arcala, meanwhile, has logged the team's low-round of the season, a 67 at the Hawai'i tournament, which is the best 18 holes by an Aztec since 2003.
MWC Championship Results
Last Time Out: Cal State Bakersfield In Seaside
SDSU had 11 golfers competing in the two-day dual-match with the Roadrunners, with six participating as individuals and the other five able to count their scores toward the team total.
Nine of the 11 Aztecs posted a better second-round score, ranging from a one-stroke improvement to as many as 10 strokes. SDSU sophomore Stephanie Arcala recorded the low round of the day with a 75, shaving seven strokes off her first-round total of 82. Freshman Malin Enarsson had the lowest 36-hole score of 154, followed closely by senior Maki Kamimura, who had a 155.
Three Aztecs tied by carding a 13-over 157, including Arcala and juniors Heather Wilson and Petra Cole. Senior Jakie Kazarian (Dana Point, Calif.) fired a second-round 77, 10 strokes better than her total through the first 18 holes.
Each of the three regional tournaments will include 21 teams and three individuals, not on those teams. The participants will be selected by the NCAA women's golf committee and are announced on April 27.
The top eight teams and two individuals (not on those teams) from each region will advance to the NCAA championships, May 19-22, in Owings Mills, Md.
Head Coach Felicia Brown