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Women's Golf Opens Spring Slate at The Gold Rush

Rebecca Schneider and the Aztecs are set to compete at The Gold Rush this week.
Rebecca Schneider and the Aztecs are set to compete at The Gold Rush this week.

Feb. 10, 2013

SAN DIEGO - After a three-and-a-half-month hiatus, the San Diego State women's golf team opens its 2013 spring schedule in earnest this week when it competes at The Gold Rush presented by Farmers Insurance, Feb. 11-12, in Yorba Linda, Calif.

The Aztecs are one of 11 squads slated to participate in the two-day, 54-hole tournament at the par-72, 6,077-yard Yorba Linda Country Club, with Long Beach State serving as the host school.

SDSU, ranked 84th by Golfstat.com, will play the first two rounds on Monday, with the final 18 holes to be completed on Tuesday. Each day will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. PT. The Aztecs are scheduled to tee off with Long Beach State and Portland State on Monday, while the remainder of the field features teams from BYU, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Gonzaga, Nevada, Santa Clara, UC Irvine and Washington State.

Live scoring for all three rounds will be available through Golfstat.com on www.goaztecs.com.

Second-year head coach Leslie Spalding will bring seven golfers to Orange County, featuring the starting five of senior Christine Wong (Richmond, British Columbia), junior Rebecca Schneider (Cave Creek, Ariz.), sophomores Kristina Lynn (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Paige Spiranac (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and freshman Emma Henrikson (Malmo, Sweden). In addition, junior Maureen Dunnagan (Lexington, S.C.) and sophomore Amy Alston (Mission Viejo, Calif.) will make the trip north to compete as individuals.

Spiranac will be making her SDSU debut this week after transferring to Montezuma Mesa from the University of Arizona. The newest addition to the Aztec roster, Spiranac was a standout golfer in the junior ranks, earning first-team All-America honors on two occasions from the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) and was twice named FCWT West Region Player of Year.

The Gold Rush tournament was not held last season; however, SDSU came away with the team title at the inaugural edition in 2011 after besting Long Beach State by eight strokes.

The Aztecs concluded their 2012 fall slate with a ninth-place team finish at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Oct. 21-23. SDSU boasted two top-10 individual performances, as Wong (+5) tied for sixth with two other golfers at 221, followed closely by Henrikson (+6), who ended in a five-way tie for ninth at 222.

Following The Gold Rush, the Aztecs will have two weeks off before heading to the Bay Area for the Cal Classic, Feb. 25-26, at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, Calif.