April 22, 2013

Matadors Struggle on Day Two of Big West Championship

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - After finishing day one in the top-five, the Cal State Northridge women's golf team were just one of several teams who struggled on day two and slipped to eighth place Monday at the Big West Championship at San Luis Obispo Country Club.

The Matadors, who carded an opening-round 318 on Sunday, finished with a team score of 324 on Monday and were overtaken by Cal Poly, UC Riverside and Hawai'i. CSUN, however is only 10 shots out of the top-four as Cal State Fullerton (632), Cal Poly (633), UC Riverside (636), Hawai'i (638) and the Matadors (642) are separated by just 10 strokes.

UC Davis, which held an eight-shot lead over Long Beach State after one round, increased its lead to 16 shots after Monday's second round. The Aggies followed up Sunday's 289 with a round of 304 on Monday as scores jumped across the board.

Junior Clariss Guce and senior Margo Dionisio finished the day in the exact same position they started, 16th. Both players sit at (+11) 157 after following up Sunday's round of six-over 79 with a Monday round of five-over 78.

Guce, playing in her third conference championship, is looking for her first top-20 finish. She had a pair birdies and 10 pars on her way to a second round 78. Dionisio, competing in her fourth and final Big West Championship, will need to put together a solid final round on Tuesday to equal her best career finish (4th in 2012). She posted her first two birdies of the tournament on Monday to go with 11 pars but a triple bogey on the par-five first hole didn't help her second round score.

Sophomore Elisabeth Haavardsholm, who led CSUN after an opening round 78, finished with an eight-over 81 on Monday to slip from 15th into a tie for 25th at (+13) 159. After posting 14 pars in 18 holes on Sunday, Haavardsholm had 12 pars, five bogeys and one triple bogey in round two.

Sharon Shin, who led the Matadors with a trio of first round birdies, struggled to a second round (+15) 88 on Monday and is currently 36th at (+24) 170. Stephanie Bush followed up a first round 85 with a second round (+14) 87 and is 39th at (+26) 172.

Demi Runas of UC Davis is one of two Aggies at the top of the leaderboard after carding an even-par 73 on Monday. Runas, at one-under 145 for the tournament, leads teammate Andrea Wong (148) by three strokes heading into Tuesday's final round. The first round leader, Bev Vatananugulkit struggled to a second round 81 and slipped into a tie for fourth.

Cal State Northridge tees off the final round Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. The Matadors will be paired with Hawaii for the final round.

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