NORMAN, Okla. — Beverly Vatananugulkit drained four birdies and shot a 3-under 69 on Thursday in the NCAA Central Regional at the University of Oklahoma, helping the 16th-ranked UC Davis women’s golf team end the first round in a fifth-place tie.
The Aggies opened the 24-team regional — their fourth straight and fifth in six years of being in Division I — with a 3-over 281 and were tied with No. 27 Michigan State. The top eight teams after Saturday’s final round will advance to the NCAA finals later this month.
Big West Freshman of the Year Andrea Wong and classmate Betty Chen each had 73’s for UCD on Thursday, while seniors Demi Runas — the three-time defending conference player of the year — and Amy Simanton had 76’s.
Vatananugulkit, who took third at the Big West Championships in April, is just two shots behind leader Emily Collins of Oklahoma, who had a 67.
“We got off to an all-right start but were able to recover well on our back nine,” said head coach Anna Temple. “Bev, Betty, and Andrea did a great job leading the team (Thursday). There are a lot of great teams in the field and it will be important for us to stick with our plan (Friday). Demi’s and Amy’s leadership and experience will play a big role for us for in the second round.”
The 54-hole regional is being played at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club which is playing to 6,298 yards this week.
Local leads MLS rookies
San Jose Earthquakes rookie Adam Jahn — who lived in El Macero but prepped at Jesuit before starring for Stanford — has filled in admirably with teammates Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart each serving MLS suspensions in recent games.
Jahn has scored in each of the past two games, helping San Jose (3-3-5) secure a draw against Montreal on Saturday then beat Toronto, 2-1, on Wednesday.
With the two tallies, Jahn moved into first place in rookie scoring. His four goals also rank seventh among all MLS players.
The Earthquakes are back in action on Saturday at Seattle, then return home to host Colorado at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara on Saturday, May 18.
Five Starz volleyball camp
Young volleyball players can receive instruction from college coaches and athletes from Sacramento State and UC Davis at a camp hosted by Five Starz Volleyball Club, June 17-20 at Douglass Middle School in Woodland.
The camp, which goes from 9 a.m. to noon each day, is open to boys and girls — beginners or experienced players — who will enter fourth through eighth grades in the fall. The cost is $150 and includes a T-shirt.
Designed to improve each player’s overall skills in a fun and competitive environment, the camp will feature instruction on proper techniques as well as challenging drills applicable to game situations.
For more information on to register, visit www.fivestarzvolleyball.com.
DHS football camp
Recently retired UC Davis football coach Bob Biggs will be a featured instructor at this year’s Top Gun/Line Tuff non-contact camp set for Saturday at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium at Davis High.
Local youngsters ages 10 to 15 can learn football from DHS head coach Steve Smyte and his Blue Devil varsity coaching staff as the teaching will emphasize skill development and position techniques. Smyte promises “a fun atmosphere.”
Registration begins at 9 a.m. and camp runs from 9:30 to 11:55 a.m.
Cost is $25. The first 10 players to register the day of the clinic will receive T-shirts.
Registration forms can either be picked up at Holmes, Emerson and Harper junior highs or through the Junior Blue Devil program or by sending an email to [email protected]