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Aztec Women's Golf Heads To Fresno State For Second Straight Year

Maki Kamimura makes her second straight trip to the Kitahara Invitational in Fresno.
Maki Kamimura makes her second straight trip to the Kitahara Invitational in Fresno.

Feb. 26, 2007

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Aztecs Head To Fresno For Second Straight Year
Fresh off its tournament title in its first event of the spring season, the San Diego State women's golf team travels to Fresno State, Feb. 26-27, for the second year in a row. The Aztecs will be a part of a 17-school field for the two-day, 36-hole Kitahara Fresno State Invitational at the par-72, 6,072-yard Copper River Country Club.

SDSU will face a field that includes five teams ranked in the top 50 nationally and an additional six in the top 75 according to Golfweek, including No. 13 Denver. The Aztecs' are ranked 93rd this week by Golfweek and 97th by Golfstat.

Fab Five: Aztec Line-Up For This Week
Head coach Felicia Brown will take the same starting five for the second tournament in a row. The lineup includes senior Jamie Oliver (Los Alamitos, Calif.), junior Kim Carmody (Palatine, Ill.) and sophomores Alana Erlandson (Palm Desert, Calif.), Jackie Kazarian (Dana Point, Calif.) and Maki Kamimura (West Covina, Calif.).

Kamimura is the lone Aztec to have competed in last year's event, where she took 84th with matching rounds of 81 for a two-day total of 18-over 162.

Rewind: Kitahara Fresno State Invite 2006
San Diego State senior Heather MacRae tied for ninth place in a field of 100 golfers with a two-round score of 3-over 147 at the 2006 Kitahara Fresno State Invite. MacRae's performance helped the Aztecs finish 15th in the team standings at 45-over 621, including a tournament best 305 in the final 18 holes, at the par-72, 6,004-yard Copper River Country Club in Fresno, Calif.

MacRae logged a 74 in Tuesday's final round for her fifth individual top-10 finish in six outings. Her two-day score of 147 beat her previous career best for 36 holes by one stroke and is tied for fourth in the Aztec record book with Sandy Kim's 2001 effort at the Pioneer Intercollegiate.

MacRae was one of two SDSU players to log a 74 on the final day, as classmate Megan Mulhaupt jumped 13 spots in the individual standings to tie for 47th with a two-day and career-best total of 9-over 153. Freshman Heather Wilson (Chula Vista, Calif.) improved her first round score by eight strokes to end up tied for 75th with a 160, while freshman Maki Kamimura and sophomore Anna Booth (Coffs Harbour, Australia) finished 84th and 99th, respectively.

Rewind: Last Time Out
The San Diego State women's golf team claimed the Lady Braveheart Challenge title for the second year in a row, cruising to a 10-stroke win Feb. 13, with a 36-hole score of 45-over 621 at the par-72, 6,080-yard Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. The Aztecs entered the second and final day deadlocked with UC Davis atop the 17-team field, but posted a 24-over 312 in the final 18 holes, which tied as the lowest round of the morning, despite battling hail and rain.

"This was a good start to the spring," Aztec head coach Felicia Brown said. "We know what we need to work on now and Fresno will be a good test for us in two weeks."

SDSU had four players finish in the top 11 among the 94 golfers in the event. Sophomore Alana Erlandson improved two spots in the final standings, posting a 3-over 75 for a two-day score of 152, to end up tied for third place, her best-ever career finish. Redshirt sophomore Jackie Kazarian, who fired a 4-over 76 on Monday, was unable to replicate her performance, posting a 79 to finish tied for seventh with a 155.

The Aztecs' other three golfers each duplicated their first-round scores. Senior Jamie Oliver and sophomore Maki Kamimura both carded first-round scores of 78 and followed that up with a 79 to tie for 11th place at 13-over 157. Junior transfer Kim Carmody rounded out SDSU's starting five with a 36-hole score of 166.

Three Aztecs also competed as individuals. Junior Anna Booth moved up six slots into a tie for 18th with a second-round 80 for a two-day total of 161. Junior MacKenzie Swecker (Winnemucca, Nev.) tied for 44th place (168), while redshirt freshman Ashley Wood (Lake Tahoe, Calif.) ended up tied for 67th (174).

San Diego State's team score of 621 was three strokes better than its winning performance at last year's Lady Braveheart Challenge, which it won with a 48-over 624 on the same golf course.

Looking Back At The Fall Season
The San Diego State women's golf squad played in four team tournaments this past fall, logging top-13 finishes in every event. The Aztecs top performance came at their lone home tournament of the season, the Taylor Made Aztec Fall Classic, where the team took ninth place in the 19-team field.

Individually, the Aztecs swept the top two spots at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Shootout in Flagstaff, Ariz., Sept. 18-19. Anna Booth claimed medalist honors with a 2-over 148, just one stroke better than teammate Maki Kamimura, who carded a 3-over 149.

Four SDSU players ended their fall campaign with a sub-78.00 stroke average, including Alana Erlandson, who posted a team-best 76.88 average in eight rounds.

Coming Attractions
SDSU plays at the UNLV Spring Invitational in mid-March, followed by the Lady Otter Invitational in Seaside, Calif. SDSU heads to Oregon, before traveling to St. George, Utah, for two straight tournaments, the BYU Dixie Classic and the Mountain West Conference championships.

Head Coach Felicia Brown
Head coach Felicia Brown is in her fifth 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 fourth year in a row.