Aztecs Play Host To First-Ever The Battle At RB Inn
March 17, 2011
The San Diego State women's golf team plays host to its lone tournament of the season, when the Aztecs welcome 16 of the top schools in the nation for the first-ever The Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn, March 20-22. The 54-hole event will feature 18 holes each day at the par-72, 6,336-yard Championship Golf Course at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Resort & Spa in northern San Diego, Calif.
The entire field is among the top 51 ranked teams in the nation, headlined by No. 1 USC, No. 3 UCLA and defending national champion and seventh-ranked Purdue. Seven other schools are among the top 25, including No. 8 Arizona, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 10 California, No. 17 Pepperdine, No. 18 UC Davis, No. 20 Georgia and No. 22 Auburn. The 43rd-ranked Aztecs will be joined by fellow MWC members New Mexico, TCU and UNLV, while Texas, Oregon and Denver round out the participants.
Teams will tee off each day from the No. 1 and No. 10 holes in nine-minute intervals beginning as early as 8 a.m. PDT. Live scoring will be available for each round on goaztecs.com, as well as golfstat.com.
Battle At R.B. Rated Fourth-Toughest Tourney
Herrington devised his rankings utilizing the final 2010 fall Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association top 25 poll released in mid-November. Each tournament was rated based on how many teams it had in its field that are receiving votes in the national poll. SDSU's event has two top-five schools, six in the top 10, nine in the top 25 and 12 receiving votes overall. Only the University of Georgia's Liz Murphey Collegiate, Tulane's Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship and LSU's Golf Classic had more participants garnering top-25 votes.
Seven Aztecs To Participate In Lone Home Event
The Aztecs' starting five includes senior Stephanie Arcala (Oceanside, Calif.), junior Malin Enarsson (Gothenburg, Sweden) and sophomores Gina Clark (Murrieta, Calif.), Alessia Knight (Bologna, Italy) and Christine Wong (Richmond, B.C.). SDSU's other two players, senior Samantha Roberts (Carlsbad, Calif.) and redshirt freshman Rebecca Schneider (Cave Creek, Ariz.), will both compete as individuals.
Four golfers in the starting line-up have participated in all 18 of the team's rounds this season, while all five have played in the previous three spring tournaments in 2011.
Rewind: Aztecs Finish Fifth At Bruin/Wave Classic
Clark finished with a season-best 5-over 221, beating her previous low of 227 at the spring-opening Arizona Wildcat Invitational.
Senior Stephanie Arcala dropped from 19th into 31st with a final-round 79, and classmate Samantha Roberts ended the event in a tie for 63rd with a 24-over 240. Sophomore Alessia Knight, who was competing as an individual, tied for 51st place with a 19-over 235.
Head Coach Emilee Klein
The Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn