LAKEWOOD, Wash. Ñ Senior Alice Kim and sophomore Demi Runas each shot opening-round par 72s on Monday at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club and are tied for seventh, leading the 18th-ranked UC Davis into fourth place at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational being hosted by the University of Washington.
Sophomore Amy Simanton fired a 77 over the 6,078-yard course and is tied for 30th, freshman Jessica Chulya carded a 78 and is 48th, and senior Chelsea Stelzmiller finished with an 82 and is tied for 62nd.
The Aggies posted a 10-over team score of 298 and trail third-place Washington by five shots. Behind 4-under 68s from Emily Childs and Joanne Lee, the fifth-ranked California Golden Bears lead No. 2 USC by a shot after finishing Monday with a 4-under 284.
Kim, a 2009 All-America honorable mention, had three birdies in her round, countering a bogey and double-bogey. She finished the round strong, postings six pars and birdie over her final seven holes. Runas, named the Big West Golfer of the Month for September after a trio of top-10 placings, picked up where she left off, carding three birdies and three pars on her way to a 72 as well.
Simanton was one under early in her day after a birdie on the par-4, 2nd and made the turn just one over. Three bogeys and six pars on the back nine brought her in with a 77. Chulya, making her Aggie debut, was three over after three holes but had 12 pars the remainder of the day while carding a 78. Stelzmiller was just three over after nine holes before posting an 82 overall.
UCD is ahead of all teams ranked below it and tried to make a move this morning when it teed off at 9:45 a.m. The 15-team tournament Ñ Washington also has a ÒBÓ squad entered Ñ concludes with the final round today.