SDSU Women's Golf Heads To 2007 MWC Championships In Utah
April 16, 2007
SDSU Golf Heads To 2007 MWC Championships In Utah
The MWC tournament is in Utah for the second straight year at the par-71, 6,210-yard Entrada at Snow Canyon, following five seasons at the Sunriver Resort in Oregon. The first MWC women's golf championships was actually held in St. George at the Sunbrook Golf Club in 2000.
This year's tournament field includes seven schools for the second straight year, as TCU came into the fold in 2005-06. Four teams are ranked in the top 45 nationally according to golfstat.com, including three-time reigning MWC champion No. 45 UNLV.
Schools will play 18 holes each of the three days, following a practice round Wednesday afternoon. The Aztecs will be paired with BYU and TCU in group No. 3 for the first round, starting at 11:10 a.m. MT from the first tee.
Aztec Line-Up For This Week
Senior Jamie Oliver (Los Alamitos, Calif.), who tied for 23rd a year ago, will be joined by fellow returnees sophomores Maki Kamimura (West Covina, Calif.) and Alana Erlandson (Palm Desert, Calif). Kamimura was the Aztecs' top golfer at the 2006 event with a three round total of 13-over 229, which was good for 13th place. Erlandson, meanwhile, was right behind her in 17th place with a 231.
Kamimura boasts the best spring season stroke average of the Aztecs' five players at 77.92, and has participated in eight of the nine team events in 2006-07. Oliver and Kazarian have played in every team tournament during both the fall and spring campaigns, while Erlandson has missed just one outing. Carmody did not participate in any team events during the fall but has been a member of SDSU's same starting five during the spring.
The Aztecs have three victories in head-to-head results versus Wyoming (2-0) and Colorado State (1-1) this season, but are winless against the other four schools. Brigham Young has been SDSU's most frequent opponent in 2006-07, as the two schools have competed in the same tournament on five occasions.
Individually, nine of the top 11 finishers from last year's MWC tournament return, including medalist Da Sol Chung from UNLV, who won in a playoff.
The MWC is well represented in this year's individual national rankings with No. 11 Rachel Newren (BYU) and No. 38 Catherine Matranga (TCU) in the top 50 golfers.
SDSU In The MWC Tournament
Last season, the Aztecs took fifth with a 930 (+66). SDSU was also fifth in 2005, fourth in 2004, and fifth in 2003, following a runner-up performance 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), 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 seven times with the longest being 6,312 in 2005.
New Mexico and UNLV own all but one of the 12 MWC championship records.
MWC Championship Results