Women's Golf Set for March Mayhem Event
March 25, 2018
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego State women's golf team swings back into action this week when it plays host to the prestigious SDSU March Mayhem tournament, March 26-28, in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The sixth annual tournament will feature a match-play extravaganza for the fourth straight season at the par-72, 6,318-yard Farms Golf Club.
Along with the No. 47 Aztecs, all 12 schools in the exclusive field are ranked among the latest Golfstat top 60, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Texas, No. 10 USC, No. 13 Northwestern, No.18 Colorado, No. 37 Iowa State, No. 39 Baylor, No. 44 Pepperdine, No. 49 Brigham Young and No. 58 California.
With an added feature, this year’s tournament gets underway Monday with 18 holes of stroke play to determine seeds for match play, beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. PT. The top eight seeds advance to the main bracket for the first round of match play later in the afternoon, while the No. 9 through 12 seeds will square off against each another in round-robin matches.
Single matches in the championship, consolation and round-robin brackets will be conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, with the action commencing in a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. PT for both days. A link to live scoring, courtesy of BirdieFire, will be available throughout the week on GoAztecs.com.
Although SDSU's lineup is uncertain at press time, it will most likely feature the dynamic freshman duo of Sara Kjellker (Hollviken, Sweden) and Gioia Carpinelli (Boppelsen, Switzerland), who own the Aztecs’ two top scoring averages so far this season.
Kjellker (74.94) has been SDSU’s No. 1 finisher in four tournaments this year, including a seventh-place tie at the highly competitive Bruin Wave Invitational last month, where she helped the Aztecs to a fourth-place standing in a Pac-12 dominated field, earning Mountain West Women’s Golfer of the Week honors in the process.
Meanwhile, Carpinelli (75.14) is coming off a second-place tie at the Hawkeye-El Tigre Invitational last week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where carded the team’s lowest 54-hole score of the season thus far with an even-par 216, highlighted by a season-best 69 in the opening round. For her efforts, the Swiss native garnered co-MW Golfer of the Week accolades.
Mila Chaves (Asunción, Paraguay) is another possibility for the upcoming week. The SDSU senior, who owns a 76.17 stroke average, tied for ninth at the Bruin Wave Invitational, where she was the lone competitor in the 83-golfer field to break par in the final round after shooting a 71. Earlier in January, Chaves won the South American Women's Amateur Championship at Martindale Country Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Aztecs recorded an eighth-place finish in the third installment of the Farms match-play format last season, opening with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Iowa, before having the tables turned against them in a narrow 3-2 setback to Fresno State in round two.
Unfortunately, SDSU was unable to regroup in the consolation brackets, suffering a pair of 3-2 defeats to Old Dominion and Northwestern, respectively. Individually, Georgia Lacey and the since-graduated Natalie Vivaldi posted 3-1 records to lead the Scarlet and Black.
USC is the two-time defending champion after shutting out Brigham Young 5-0 in the finals last year, while Pepperdine took third.
Following the SDSU March Mayhem, San Diego State will have one final tune-up before the Mountain West Championships, when it travels to the Lone Star State for the inaugural Bruzzy Challenge, April 2-3, at Mardioe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas.