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Aztecs Play Host To First-Ever The Battle At RB Inn

Christine Wong and the Aztecs play their lone home tournament of the year, March 20-22.
Christine Wong and the Aztecs play their lone home tournament of the year, March 20-22.

March 17, 2011

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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
The San Diego State women's golf team's home tournament, the Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn, was rated as the fourth-toughest event in the nation during the 2011 spring season according to Golfdigest.com's Ryan Herrington.

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 entire San Diego State roster, with the exception of freshman Kristina Lynn (Carlsbad, Calif.) who is redshirting, will be competing this week for second-year head coach Emilee Klein.

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
Sophomore Gina Clark carded the team's best round of the day with her 1-under 71, to move from 19th to 12th place and lead the San Diego State women's golf team to a fifth-place performance at the 54-hole Bruin Wave Invitational in Santa Clarita, Calif., Feb. 28-March 2. The Aztecs ended up at 34-over 898 for the tournament at the par-72, 6,282-yard Robinson Ranch Golf Club.

Clark finished with a season-best 5-over 221, beating her previous low of 227 at the spring-opening Arizona Wildcat Invitational.

Junior Malin Enarsson moved up one slot on the individual leaderboard in the final round to tie for 14th place with a 223, while sophomore Christine Wong settled for 21st place with a 9-over 225.

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.

Coming Attractions
After the Battle at Rancho Bernardo, the Aztecs won't compete again until the month of April, when they play two events - the Arizona State PING Invite and the 2011 MWC championships. The conference tournament will be contested in Phoenix, Ariz., for the first time ever at the Wigwam Resort.

Head Coach Emilee Klein
Head coach and 1996 Women's British Open champion Emilee Klein is in her second season as head coach at San Diego State. Klein's first season was a huge success, as the Aztecs won back-to-back tournaments and reached the NCAA regionals for the first time in six years. Klein is assisted by Tiffany Prats.

The Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn
Hosted by: San Diego State
Site: Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa
Par: 72 Yardage: 6,336
Holes: 54
Dates: March 20-22
The Field (17 teams): #43 San Diego State, #9 Arizona State, #8 Arizona, #22 Auburn, #10 California, #47 Denver, #20 Georgia, #51 New Mexico, #36 Oregon, #17 Pepperdine, #7 Purdue, #35 TCU, #27 Texas, #18 UC Davis, #3 UCLA, #45 UNLV, #1 USC, plus individuals (96 total players)
*rankings according to golfstat.com (as of March 16, 2011)