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Aztec Women's Golf Opens Spring Campaign At UC Riverside Tournament

Megan McLeod and the Aztecs open their spring schedule at UC Riverside.
Megan McLeod and the Aztecs open their spring schedule at UC Riverside.

Feb. 13, 2006

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SDSU Opens Spring Campaign in Riverside
The San Diego State women's golf team opens the spring 2006 campaign at the Lady Braveheart Challenge, hosted by UC Riverside. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will take place at the Oak Valley Golf Course in Beaumont, Calif., and features 10 total teams.

Aztec Line-Up For This Week
SDSU head coach Felicia Brown will bring 11 of 13 players with her to Beaumont. The lone golfers to not accompany the team are sophomore Jackie Kazarian (Dana Point, Calif.) and freshman Ashley Wood (Lake Tahoe, Calif.), who are redshirting. The group includes two seniors, a junior, two sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and four freshmen.

Senior Heather MacRae (Dunblane, Scotland) led all Aztecs for the fall with a 75.46 stroke average. Redshirt freshman Megan McLeod (Fallbrook, Calif.) didn't finish far behind MacRae, with a 76.38 average, while Wilson and Kamimura also finished in the top five among SDSU players with averages of 77.50 and 78.27.

A look back at Fall `05
Winning two of its four tournaments is not a bad way at all for SDSU to kick off the 2005-06 season. SDSU took home the team title in both the La Quinta Inn & Suites Shootout and the Lady Aztec Invitational.

In the La Quinta Shootout, the team title wasn't the only first-place finish for the Aztecs. Megan McLeod also won the individual crown as well. McLeod dominated the tournament, as she led all golfers on the first day of action and was the daily leader after two rounds of play. McLeod wasn't alone in posting low scores during fall competition.

MacRae had three, top-10 finishes this fall and MacRae was also the top golfer for SDSU in three tournaments. The leader for the Aztecs came into this fall with some momentum. This past summer, MacRae won the Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship in Narin, England.

In the Lady Aztec, junior Jamie Oliver (Los Alamitos, Calif.) finished with the third-best Aztec score, while finishing 13th overall. It was one of only two fall tournaments that she competed in. This spring, Oliver is looking to have a repeat performance from her spring campaign a year ago.

Wilson and Kamimura got their tenure with the Aztecs off on the right foot, as they both finished third and fourth respectively overall for SDSU in the fall in stroke average. Wilson and Kamimura are two Aztecs Brown was pleased to see play so well in the fall. There's no doubt that Brown hopes for a repeat performance in the spring.

Freshmen Making an Impact
The future looks bright for Aztec women's golf, as this year's freshmen are already making waves. The Aztecs had three freshmen in their top five with a combined stroke average of 78.28. The three freshmen in the Aztecs' top five were Megan McLeod, Heather Wilson and Maki Kamimura. This past fall, San Diego State was ranked 18th nationally by Golfstat in its freshman class impact ranking.

SDSU ended the fall ranked 73rd by Golfstat and 85th by Golfweek. The Aztecs were 26th out of 45 teams in the west region according to Golfweek/Sagarin.

Previous Spring Starts
This will be the Aztecs' first appearance in the Lady Braveheart Challenge. This will also be the fifth time in the past six years that SDSU will open the spring campaign in California. Last year, the Aztecs began in the Bay Area and the year before, they started the spring in Arizona at the Wildcat Invitational. The three previous years, SDSU opened the spring campaign with its home tournament, the Lady Aztec Invitational.

Coming Attractions
Following the Lady Braveheart Challenge, SDSU will continue its season in California at the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational. The two-day tournament will take place on February 27 and 28.

Head Coach Felicia Brown
Head coach Felicia Brown is in her fourth season at the helm of the SDSU golf program after serving as an assistant in 2001-02. A native San Diegan, Brown prepped locally at San Marcos High School before playing collegiately at Arizona.

She is assisted by Doug Barba for the third year in a row.