Sixth-Place Finish for Cal State Northridge at Big West Championship

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - In fourth-place after one round, the Cal State Northridge women's golf team could not hang in to a top-five finish as a final round 315 dropped the Matadors to sixth-place at the conclusion of the 2012 Big West Women's Golf Championship at San Luis Obispo C.C.

Northridge has now finished in sixth-place in three of the last four conference championships. The Matadors posted their best team score (936) in three championship events held at San Luis Obispo C.C.

Northridge put three players in the top-15 as junior Margo Dionisio finished tied for fourth, senior Ellen Krausse tied for 11th and senior Kendall Patten tied for 13th.

Dionisio matched her opening-round 77 with a final-round 77 on Tuesday to finish tied for fourth at 11-over 227, her low 54-hole score of the season. The junior from Whittier, Calif. posted her best finish in three conference championship events and was in contention throughout the tournament. After posting just eight bogeys in the first two rounds of the championship, Dionisio had six bogeys along with one double-bogey on the way to a final round 77. She began the day just three shots behind the leader but, despite three birdies, dropped four shots over the course of the final round.

Krausse was playing in her first Big West Championship while Patten was playing in her second with both players looking for a top-10 finish to round out their Matador career. Krausse finished with her best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a final round three-over 75 which left her tied for 11th-place at 14-over 230. Patten finished with a 79 on Tuesday to finish the three-day tournament in 13th-place with rounds of 78-74-79 to easily post her best 54-hole total of the season.

Freshman Sharon Shin and senior Jennel Alexander were also making their conference championship debut and Shin wound up finishing 32nd at (+32) 248 following rounds of 80-84-84 while Alexander placed 34th at (+39) 255 after posting scores of 82-86-87.

UC Davis won its third straight Big West Championship after posting team rounds of 305-295-298 for a three-round 898. UC Irvine was second at 911 followed by Cal State Fullerton (920), Long Beach State (924), Cal Poly (931), the Matadors and UC Riverside (950).

Individually, Bev Vatananugulkit won the Aggies' third straight individual championship as she held off teammate Amy Simanton by two shots.

BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
San Luis Obispo C.C.
Apr. 22-24, 2012

TEAM RESULTS (7 TEAMS)
1. UC Davis 305-295-298--898
2. UC Irvine 300-302-309--911
3. Cal State Fullerton 319-294-307--920
4. Long Beach State 306-305-313--924
5. Cal Poly 320-309-302--931
6. Northridge 313-308-315--936
7. UC Riverside 322-322-306--950

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD
1. Bev Vatananugulkit, UC Davis 75-72-73--220 (+4)
2. Amy Simanton, UC Davis 76-72-74--222 (+6)
3. Michelle Yang, UC Irvine 74-79-71--224 (+8) 
4. Taylor Fowler, Cal State Fullerton 76-74-77--227 (+11)
4. Margo Dionisio, Northridge 77-73-77--227 (+11)
4. Simone Hoey, Long Beach State 77-72-78--227 (+11) 
4. Demi Runas, UC Davis 77-74-76--227 (+11) 
8. Ronnie Valerio, UC Irvine 77-71-81--229 (+13)
8. Amelia Ek, UC Riverside 78-78-73--229 (+13)
8. Tisha Alyn Abrea, Cal State Fullerton 77-78-74--229 (+13)

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE RESULTS
6. Northridge 313-308-315--936
T4. Margo Dionisio 81-74-72--227 (+11)
T11. Ellen Krausse 78-77-75--230 (+14)
T13. Kendall Patten 78-74-79--231 (+15)
32. Sharon Shin 80-84-84--248 (+32)
34. Jennel Alexander 82-86-87--255 (+39)

- GO MATADORS -