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SDSU Women's Golf Opens Spring Schedule In The Bay Area

Megan Mulhaupt is one of five Aztecs headed to the Bay Area this week.
Megan Mulhaupt is one of five Aztecs headed to the Bay Area this week.

Feb. 21, 2005

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SDSU Opens Spring Schedule In The Bay Area
The San Diego State women's golf team opens its spring schedule this week at the 2005 Bay Area Classic at The Golf Club at Boulder Ridge in San Jose, Calif., Feb. 21-22. The tournament is in its ninth season and is co-hosted by the University of San Francisco and San Jose State at the par-72, 6,095-yard course.

The Aztecs will be one 14 teams in the field, which also includes Mountain West Conference foe No. 42 Brigham Young and three other top 50 teams in No. 36 UC Irvine, No. 45 USF and No. 48 San Jose State. Other teams competing include Cal Poly, CS Northridge, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Long Beach State, Mississippi, Notre Dame de Namur, Portland State and Santa Clara.

Monday's round starts at 8:30 a.m., while the second round starts at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

Bay Area Classics Past
SDSU participates in the Bay Area Classic for the first time since 2002, after opening its spring campaign in San Diego in 2003, and in Tucson, Ariz., in 2004.

The Aztecs competed in the Bay Area Classic from the tournament's inception in 1997 until 2002. SDSU was fifth in 1997 and 2002, fourth in 1998, third in 1999 and 2001, and second of 17 squads in 2000.

Two-time champion Cal owns the tournament single round (284) and overall (582) records en route to the 2002 title (298, 284). Two-time medalist Kelli Kamimura owns the individual tournament low after shooting a six-under 138 (69, 69) for Washington in 2001. Kamimura also owns the single-round record after firing a five-under 67 in 1999.

Last season, Washington captured its second team title with a 629 (312, 317) on a stormy course, while San Jose State's Ashley Gomes won medalist honors after firing a 152 (80, 72).

Fab Five: Aztec Line-Up For This Week
Aztec head coach Felicia Brown will bring three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior to the Bay Area Classic this week. Freshman Anna Booth (Coffs Harbour, Australia) and senior Megan Mulhaupt (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) will lead the charge as both competed in all four fall tournaments. Sophomore Jamie Oliver (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and freshman Jackie Kazarian (Dana Point, Calif.) saw action in three fall tournaments, while freshman MacKenzie Swecker (Winnemucca, Nev.,) participated in just one.

SDSU will be without captain Veronica Ojeda (San Diego, Calif.), who is out due to injury, but is expected to be back in action for the trip to Hawaii, March 15-16.

Thoughts On The Fall
This past fall, SDSU's top finish came at its own tournament, the Lady Aztec Invitational, where the team took ninth of 15 squads, as rain limited play to just two rounds.

"This fall, we did a lot of shifting and sending people out to see what they would do," said third-year SDSU head coach Felicia Brown. "It was a educational season, especially for the freshmen like Jackie (Kazarian) and MacKenzie (Swecker), who learned a lot.

"The first semester, if you ask any of them, is a big adjustment and then you have to add to that the pressure of competition. Each and everyone on our roster came out of the fall with the realization that they're good enough to play at the collegiate level."

While the fall results were not as good as Brown and the Aztecs had hoped, the team got consistent play from freshman Anna Booth and senior captain Veronica Ojeda, who saw her first action in an SDSU uniform after transferring from Cal Poly.

Ojeda tallied the team's best stroke average of the fall, while Booth was the top golfer at three of the four events. Aside from that, Ojeda's and Booth's fall seasons almost mirrored each other. The pair tied for 14th at the Lady Aztec Invitational, the best individual finish on the team, and had matching season lows for 18, 36 and 54 holes.

Roster Notes
Aztec senior Cameron MacFarland, who participated in one tournament this past fall, earned her degree in December and will not compete in the spring ... senior Heather MacRae (Dunblane, Scotland) and newcomer freshman Megan McLeod (Fallbrook, Calif.) are not expected to see action in spring 2005 ... this year's spring SDSU roster is at both extremes when it comes to class levels. The Aztecs have four seniors, no juniors, one sophomore and five freshmen.

New For Spring
After the Bay Area Classic this week, the Aztecs won't be back in action until March 15-16, when they make their annual trip to Hawaii.

The team will then stay closer to home, Mar. 21-22, at the University of Oregon tournament in Grand Junction, Ore., followed by a trip to St. George, Utah (April 3-5).

The Mountain West Conference championships are slated for April 21-23 in Sunriver, Ore., which is also the site of this season's NCAA championships (May 17-20). The NCAA West Regionals take place in Las Cruces, N.M., May 5-7.

Recapping 2003-04
- SDSU made the program's first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2001 and its third trip overall.

- SDSU ended the year ranked No. 40 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings after placing fourth at the MWC championships.

- SDSU earned their first win in three years during the fall when they set a school record by shooting 878 to win the Lady Aztec Invitational. SDSU has also recorded two runner-up finishes and was in the top four in four of its last five outings.

Head Coach Felicia Brown
Head coach Felicia Brown is in her third 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 second year in a row.