SAMMAMISH, Wash. — UC Davis junior golfer Beverly Vatananugulkit collected eight birdies in two rounds on Tuesday to finish at 3-under overall, and was in third place following the first day of competition at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.
The 36th-ranked Aggie women were tied for sixth in the team standings after two rounds at the Sahalee Country Club .
Vatananugulkit fired a 2-under 70 in the first round before coming back with five birdies and a 71 in the afternoon. Her 141 score after 36 holes was just four shots off the pace being set by Mariko Tumangan of Stanford, who was at 7-under.
UCD shot a 9-over 297 in the second round after opening the day with a 300, and was tied with Cal at 24-over par. The Golden Bears were one of three teams who didn’t complete the afternoon round because of darkness.
Aggie sophomore Betty Chen had a 73 in the second round and was tied for 22nd at 6-over 150, while sophomore Andrea Wong had rounds of 77 and 78 and was tied for 40th at 11-over. UCD freshman Paige Lee carded a 79 and a 77 and was tied for 44th at 12-over, and senior Jessica Chulya shot 82 and 76 for a 14-over 158. She was tied for 50th.
The Aggies were set to begin the final round at 9:05 a.m. on Wednesday.
UCD cross country
Aggie Sarah Sumpter was named the Big West Cross Country Women’s Athlete of the Week on Tuesday after an impressive runner-up finish at last weekend’s highly competitive Inter-Regional Jamboree in Sacramento.
Sumpter, a senior from Cloverdale, helped the Aggies finish third in Saturday’s meet by finishing second individually in 16 minutes, 36 seconds on the 5K course at Haggin Golf Course.
Sumpter challenged Cal’s Kelsey Santisteban for first place and then held off UCLA’s Kelsey Smith who was four seconds behind in third. The Aggies scored 88 points and were a close third in the team standings behind UCLA (77) and Cal Poly (78).
Pam Gill-Fisher, a former senior associate athletics director at UC Davis who championed Aggie athletics and was a national leader in Title IX compliance, will be honored with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators at the organization’s national convention in San Diego on Monday.
According to the association, the award is presented annually to administrators who have dedicated their professional careers to advancing women in sport, rendered meritorious service and are retired from or are no longer directly involved in the profession. Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by past Lifetime Achievement award recipients.
Gill-Fisher’s association with UCD covers more than 40 years as an accomplished five-sport student-athlete, successful basketball and tennis coach who earned a historical national championship, and devoted member of both the athletics administration and campus faculty. She also served as UCD athletics’ senior woman administrator.
With inspiration from her mentor and longtime friend, the late Marya Welch, Gill-Fisher devoted much of her career to promoting and providing opportunities for women as both student-athletes and administrators. That commitment led to her being named as the NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year by NACWAA in 2001. Gill-Fisher was named the organization’s District 8 Administrator of the Year in 1994 and later served as president during the 2003-04 academic year.
Gill-Fisher served national leadership roles with the NCAA as well, including as a member of the Division II Management Council, and the Competitive Safeguards Committee. Additionally, she was a member of the selection committee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, a highly prestigious honor that three UCD student-athletes have won.
Yolo golf championships
Nick Amen won the overall title at the Yolo County Championships last weekend at the Davis Golf Course.
Amen shot a two-day gross total of 6-under 128 to edge Austin Sandoval by three strokes.
Notable local golfers who played well included Chase Dossa, who was even for the tournament and finished fifth, Matt Seramin (seventh), Taylor Lowe (12th) and Preston Walchli (29th).
Additionally, Herb Jensen carded at 5-under 129 to earn the Senior Championship, Brad Erway (144) took the First Flight, Carlos Avalos (147) captured the Second Flight and Kathy Roberts (163) won the Third Flight.
Urban Cow 5K
Davis resident Marrie Argentine Chen was the top female finisher at the Sacramento Urban Cow 5K race on Sunday morning, setting a personal record of 18 minutes, 26 seconds.
Kristy Soloway, another local runner, was the fifth female finisher in the half-marathon, winning the 35-39 age group.
Both runners are members of the Golden Valley Harriers, and Chen finished quickly enough to make it back to work her 11 a.m. shift at Target.
Spooky fun run
Get Fit Davis is inviting local runners to get their Halloween fun started early this year, and get some exercise while doing it.
The Spooky Fun Run, set for Sunday, Oct. 27, will feature 5K and 10K races along with a quarter-mile Spooky Sprint for kids. After the Spooky Sprint goes off at 4 p.m., the longer races will begin at 4:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.getfitdavis.com/events.html.
Davis Aquatic Masters
The Davis Aquatic Masters team is recruiting new members ages 18 and over who are interested in swimming in a coached workout environment. With 650 members, the local club is the second-largest masters swim team in the country.
DAM offers 10 one-hour workouts daily, two on Saturday and six additional hours of open swim on the weekend — all but one at the heated Civic Center Pool at Russell Boulevard and B Street. Workout participants are grouped by ability and, while the majority of DAM members swim for health and fitness, pool and open-water competitions are available.
Instruction comes from head coach Stu Kahn, who was voted USMS Swim Coach of the Year in 2012, along with his wife Mary and three other part-time coaches.
For swimmers who want to check out the club, DAM is offering the first three workouts for free. Parking and dressing room and shower facilities are also available.
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 promises to be fun for the whole family.
Snacks, lunch and a post-ride meal are included and riders can sign up at www.davisbikeclub.org.
UCD hoops clinic
The UC Davis basketball program is offering a two-day clinic for boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade on Dec. 22-23.
Interested athletes have the option to participate for a half-day, one day or two days.
The clinic will be limited to 60 participants, so families are urged to visit https://ucdavissportscamps.com/mensbasketball to sign up.
For more information, contact Aggie assistant basketball coach Kevin Nosek at 530-752-3501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.