Coming off of a 16th-place finish at last year’s NCAA finals, the four-time defending Big West Conference champion UC Davis women’s golf team will have to navigate another challenging slate of tournaments in 2013-14 to return to the postseason.
Five players, including three starters, return to an Aggie squad that will play six tournaments this fall and five in the spring before defending their Big West title in April.
“Our schedule is very competitive and sees us playing against the best teams in the country,” said second-year UCD coach Anna Temple. “We have a few tough road trips with back-to-back events in New Mexico and Colorado and a great trip to Indiana that will prepare us for traveling in the postseason.”
The Aggies will open the season on Sept. 9-10, returning to the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic at Colorado State for the first time since winning the team title in 2011. Next is a trip to New Mexico for the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational (Sept. 20-21). UCD tied for second at the event last season.
An unusual tournament, the Golfweek Conference Challenge, then awaits the Aggies on Sept. 23-25 in Vail, Colo. The event brings together representatives from 18 different conferences with UCD — which finished as runner-up last year — representing the Big West for the fourth straight season.
The Aggies also will play in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (Oct. 8-9 in Washington), the Hoosier Fall Invitational (Oct. 19-20 in Indiana) and the Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 25-27) before taking a four-month break from competition.
In the spring, UCD starts back at Stanford with the Peg Barnard Invitational on Feb. 15-16. The locals took third at the event last season.
Following that tournament, the Aggies will be at the UC Irvine Invitational (Feb. 25-26), the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational at San Jose State (March 3-4), the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Hawaii (March 24-26) and the PING/ASU Invitational at Arizona State (April 4-6).
It all culminates with postseason play, starting with the Big West Championship, which UCD won by 29 strokes last season. A quartet of Aggies, including conference Freshman of the Year Andrea Wong (second) and 2012 Freshman of the Year Beverly Vatananugulkit (third), finished in the top four individual spots.
“We are very excited about the upcoming 2013-14 season,” Temple said. “Not only do we have five great returners who were part of an amazing team last year, but we also have a great player joining the team in (freshman) Paige Lee.
Sophomore Betty Chen, who was the team’s top finisher at both the NCAA regional and NCAA finals, joins Wong and Vatananugulkit, junior Blair Lewis and senior Jessica Chulya as UCD’s returning players.
Little League fall ball
Davis Little League is accepting registration for fall baseball for kids age-appropriate for AA-, AAA-, majors- and juniors-level competition.
Early bird sign-ups, which go through Friday, are $95. From Saturday through Sept. 3, getting into DLL fall ball will cost $125.
There are no farm or T-ball teams.
For the first time, all registration must be completed online at https://davislittleleague.sportssignup.com. For additional help, call Karen Yoon at 530-756-1463. For questions regarding juniors play, contact Steve Olney at [email protected]
Wildcats golf tournament
A golf tournament to raise money for the NorCal Wildcats youth basketball program is set for Friday at El Macero Country Club.
The outing, which begins with golf at 1 p.m. followed by dinner and a silent auction at 6 p.m., is the major fundraising event of the year for the organization.
The NorCal Wildcats are a nonprofit competitive AAU basketball club that has grown to more than 20 teams featuring approximately 300 players in grades 4-12 from Davis, Dixon Winters, Woodland, Sacramento and Vacaville. Athletes from as far away as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Fresno also have joined the club.
The club has recently added programs such as the Junior Wildcats — for players ages 4 to 9 — and the NorCal Wildcats Elite teams for highly skilled players.
Hot Shots basketball
Tryouts for the Davis Hot Shots basketball program’s fall session begin later this month with boys eighth- and ninth-grade and junior varsity-level squads beginning workouts on Friday, Aug. 30.
The tryouts run from 4 to 5 p.m. at Harper Junior High, 4000 E. Covell Blvd.
Labor Day race
The Golden Valley Harriers’ Labor Day Races, an event that last year raised more than $10,000 for local running programs, is back this year.
On Sept. 2, 5K and 10K races will leave from Davis Commons at First and D streets at 8 a.m., with a 1K kids’ race to follow at 9:30 a.m. The 5K and 10k races will feature official race chip timing and awards go to the top three finishers and top three in each age group. Kids’ race participants will receive a finisher’s medal.
The Labor Day Races will not only raise funds for local running programs — last year, money went to high school cross country teams from Davis, Dixon and Woodland, as well as Team Davis, a program for athletes with special needs — but the event also is an international cultural exchange with Davis’ sister city of Inuyama, Japan.
For more information or to register, visit www.goldenvalleyharriers.org. Whole Foods Market is sponsoring post-race breakfast fare and participants get a race T-shirt.
Foxy’s Fall Century
Registration is open for the Davis Bike Club’s Foxy’s Fall Century, a ride set for Saturday Oct. 19.
The club is offering a 100-mile endurance ride, a 60-mile “workout” and a 30-mile version — to Winters and back — that will be fun for the whole family.
Snacks, lunch and a post-ride meal are included and riders can sign up at www.davisbikeclub.org.