Sophomore Beverly Vatananugulkit’s 4-over 76 paced UC Davis in the final round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship on Friday at the University of Georgia Golf Course, as the Aggies finished 16th, their best showing in three trips to the prestigious tournament.
They were 21st in 2008 and placed 20th in their last appearance in 2011.
Friday proved to be the toughest day on the course for the 24 teams, with only champion USC shooting par. No. 17 UCD was 25-over in the last round, finishing at 51-over 1,203 for the 72-hole championship.
Freshmen Betty Chen tied for 32nd in her first NCAA Finals appearance, senior Demi Runas capped her spectacular Aggie career by tying for 37th and Vatananugulkit tied for 73rd. Standout senior Amy Simanton tied for 102nd while freshman Andrea Wong tied for 109th.
Top-ranked USC ran away with the championship, finishing 19-under for a 21-stroke win over Duke. UCD was just two shots behind No. 24 Northwestern and only three back of No. 5 Arkansas and No. 13 Stanford, as those two squads tied for 13th.
Runas ended her career by shooting a 79 on Friday, peaking on her final nine holes, which she covered with eight pars and just one bogey. Runas captured three straight Big West Golfer of the Year Awards and earned all-conference first-team honors all four seasons.
Simanton, another four-year All-Big West first-team selection for the Aggies, was just three shots above par on the front nine and ended the day with a pair of birdies.