Matadors in Fourth After Opening Round of Big West Championship

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's golf team opened with a round of 307 and is in fourth place after 18 holes of the Big West Championship. Two CSUN players, Clariss Guce and Cesilie Hagen, are tied for fifth.

UC Davis opened up a 10-shot lead on the team field after one round of the championship, held at San Luis Obispo Country Club. The Aggies carded a team score of 294 with Long Beach State (304) second, UC Irvine (305) third, CSUN (307) fourth and Cal State Fullerton (308) fifth in the eight-team field.

"We've vaulted several spots this year and are excited to be in the mix here at Conference," said head coach Gina Umeck. "This team continues to give us reasons to be proud."

Guce and Hagen each fired a one-over 74 and are tied for fifth with five other players. The Aggies' Bev Vatananugulkit is the clubhouse leader at one-under 72 while three golfers share second at even-par 73.

Guce birdied three of the first 11 holes and was three-under through 13 holes on Sunday. But bogeys on four of the final five holes dropped the senior to one-over heading into Monday's second round. Conversely, Hagen was three-over through 13 holes before posting birdies on the 14th and 16th holes to get back to one-over.

No other Matador is in the top-20 as Arinda Bhanaraksa is tied for 22nd at six-over 79, Ellen Brantberg is tied for 24th at seven-over 80 and Sharon Shin is tied for 36th at 10-over 83.

The second round is set for Monday and the final round for Tuesday.


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